Graduate Course Catalog

New Testament

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

  • Course Number: NT 501
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the background, content, and basic themes presented in the New Testament documents. Our purpose is come to an understanding of the message of the New Testament that will provide a basis for personal growth and an ability to explain the Scriptures to others. We will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the New Testament. In addition, woven into the class is our study of important background issues, theological themes, and critical issues, such as the authorship, dating, and integrity of New Testament documents.

NT 504 – The Gospels / The Life of Christ

  • Course Number: NT 504
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Gospels / The Life of Christ introduces the graduate student to the four canonical Gospels as well as to the historical Jesus. The course materials include substantial attention to significant arguments, theories, and paradigms of Gospel scholarship.

NT 507 – The Acts of the Apostles

  • Course Number: NT 507
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Book of Acts is the intended sequel to the Gospel of Luke, showing how the new community of faith applied Christ’s teachings to life and how they proclaimed His message throughout the world. In this course, learners complete an exegetical study of the Book of Acts by focusing on the biblical theology of the book, the historical background of events, and the theological emphasis of the speeches. The goal of the course is to enable learners to articulate the message of Acts in ways that are both textually accurate and contemporarily relevant, and to apply that message to life.

NT 512 – Jewish Holidays and Traditions

  • Course Number: NT 512
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Jewish Holidays and Traditions, a graduate level intensive, engages students in the richness of the Jewish calendar, biblical festivals, holy days, Temple celebrations, and the Jewish daily rituals that dictate the way of life as originally mandated by God, and observed by Jews since antiquity. It seeks to communicate two thousand years of creative rabbinical understanding and interpretation; and centuries of developments of additional customs, traditions, and rituals associated with each significant feast and celebration. The proper noting of the traditional ways and means of Jewish celebration are respectfully examined and explained in detail. The holy days are surveyed for their manner of contemporary celebration in the State of Israel and in the Jewish community around the world.

NT 513 – Jewish Backgrounds of the Parables

  • Course Number: NT 513
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Jewish Background of the Parables offers an in depth study of the parables of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and early non-canonical literature from a Jewish literary and historical perspective. It compares and contrasts parallel Jewish parables from the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinical Literature with the parables Jesus used in his ministry. This course also surveys different methods of interpretation of the parables in the New Testament. Then a free model, which draws on the best insights of each method, is applied to each parable in the Gospels. Conclusions are drawn concerning the theology and significance of Jesus’ teaching with consideration given to present day application.

NT 514 – Jewish Roots of Christianity

  • Course Number: NT 514
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

This graduate level course examines the Hebraic roots of Christianity- an unexplored, misunderstood, yet vital and exciting subject. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures, religion, and culture and history of the Jewish people. The course seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of the emergence, development, and spread of Christianity from Judaism. It will explore the complex relationship between the two religions to include major traditional Jewish themes and theologies that influenced the religious life of the early church, the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period, and the Abrahamic covenant and its relation to the New Testament and the early church. Other ideas that will be discussed are major ideological conflicts of Jesus, his disciples, and the early church with religious Jewish leaders; the faith and life of the first Messianic Jews; and religious celebrations preserved by the church.

NT 524 – The Life and Letters of Paul

  • Course Number: NT 524
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Life and Letters of Paul introduces the student to the life, letters, and theology of the apostle Paul. The basic contours of Paul’s life will be studied to help better frame his writings and theology. Each of Paul’s letters will be examined in the light of historical context/issues that assist in the interpretation of the letter.