Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Studies
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.
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|
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
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
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.