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. The purpose is to 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. The student will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the New Testament. In addition, woven into the class is a 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 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 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.