Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Studies

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Explore the message of the New Testament books, their historical and cultural background, their Jewish foundations, and the context that we live and apply them in today.

This four-year degree program is designed for students who desire a deeper understanding of the New Testament and the Jewish milieu from which Christianity emerged. Students will explore the message of the New Testament, its historical and cultural background, and the context in which we live and apply its message today. Special emphasis is given to the sacred history and rich heritage of the Jewish people, which brings a fresh perspective to the New Testament writings.

The Scriptures, as well as pertinent New Testament scholarship, are studied through a non-sectarian approach allowing the Holy Spirit to bring to light the present-day application of God’s eternal Word. This approach gives the rich background and tools necessary for a lifetime of effective study and application of the New Testament.

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The Bachelor of Arts Program Seeks To

  • Provide students with a broad understanding of New Testament backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Develop biblical research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level necessary for ministry and ongoing biblical studies.
  • Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and growth.

Upon Successful Completion, You Will be Able To

  • Analyze the New Testament writings in light of their authorship, audience, and their historical/cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and describe the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in areas of structure, themes, major figures, and events of the books of the Bible.
  • Apply the theological, cultural, and devotional understanding of the New Testament to life and ministry practice.
  • Demonstrate through participation in course-related forums the sharing of ideas and mutual support.

Course of Study

The BA in New Testament Studies program contains 120 units (semester hours): 33 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundations, 60 units of core courses, and 18 units of elective courses.

Communication (9 units)
GS 110 English Composition 1 3 units
GS 111 English Composition 2 3 units
GS 117 Principles of Speech 3 units
History / Cultures (6 units)
HI201 is required; choose 1 more
HI 201 Western Civilization 1 3 units
HI 202 Western Civilization 2 3 units
HI 211 History of Christianity in the U.S. 3 units
HI 221 Introduction to Islam 3 units
Humanities (6 units)
HU210 is required; choose 1 more
HU 210 Introduction to Literature 3 units
HU 201 History of Music in the Church 3 units
HU 202 Introduction to World Music 3 units
Mathematics (3 units)
GS 121 Practical Mathematics 3 units
Natural Science (3 units)
Choose 1 of the following
SC 201 Introduction to Life Science 3 units
SC 203 Environmental Science 3 units

Social Science (6 units)
SS205 is required; choose 1 more

SS 201 Introduction to Psychology 3 units
SS 205 Cultural Anthropology 3 units
SS 211 Foundations of American Government 3 units

General Education Description

Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student complete general education courses that: (1) cultivate breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural knowledge; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and emphasize skills and principles not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain core competencies that include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) fundamental mathematical, science, and technological skills.

HU 211 Reading the Bible as Literature 3 units
SC 202 Introduction to Health Science 3 units
SS 202 Principles of Interpersonal Relationships 3 units

Christian Foundations Description

Shiloh University believes specific foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating. Connecting Christian foundations to life’s vocations empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

Context Studies (18 units)
CH 301 Survey of Church History 3 units
HI 220 World Religions 3 units
JS 301 Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought 3 units
MT 301 Spiritual Formation 3 units
TH 301 Theology 1 3 units
TH 302 Theology 2 3 units
Biblical Foundations (12 units)
MT 305 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 units
MT 407 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 units
OT 301 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 units
OT 302 Historical Geography of Israel 3 units
New Testament Studies (30 units)
JS 303 Jewish Roots of Christianity 3 units
NT 301 Introduction to the New Testament 3 units
NT 309 Background of the New Testament 3 units
NT 310 The Formation of the New Testament 3 units
NT 311 The Early Church in Jerusalem 3 units
NT 312 Jewish Holidays and Traditions 3 units
NT 313 Jewish Background of the Parables 3 units
NT 450 New Testament Studies Capstone 3 units
NT 404 The Gospels / The Life of Christ 3 units
NT 424 The Life and Letters of Paul 3 units

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Accelerated Dual Degree Track

Students interested in earning a Master of Divinity after the BA in New Testament studies can reduce their Master of Divinity in half by enrolling in the accelerated Dual Degree track. Dual degree students earn over 30 units that transfer directly into Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity program.

  • Five courses (15 units) are taken at the graduate level during the BA program
  • Six courses (18 units) are transferred from Undergraduate to Graduate level

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Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.

Igal German
B.A. in Biblical Literature and Judaica and M.A. in Biblical Literature and Semitics, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible & Old Testament, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada
Teaches: Jewish and Biblical Studies

Marsha Smith
B.A. in Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College
M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University
Dean of General Education and Associate of Arts
Teaches: Sociology, Anthropology
Marty Folsom
B.A. in Youth Ministry, Northwest University
Th.B. in Theology, Northwest University
M.A. in Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. in Theology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand Postdoctorate studies, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
Teaches: Theology and Ministry
Rabbi Mordechai Weiss
First Rabbinic Degree, Central Yeshiva Tomchei Thimim Lubavitz, Brooklyn, New York
B.A. in Hebrew Letters and M.A. in Hebrew Letters, Yeshiva Gedolah Rabinnical College, Miama Beach, Florida
Teaches: Jewish and Biblical Studies

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in New Testament Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.