Undergraduate Course Catalog

New Testament

NT 301 – Introduction to the New Testament

  • Course Number: NT 301
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

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 309 – Background of the New Testament

  • Course Number: NT 309
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Background of the New Testament will focus on Jewish, Greek, and Roman life – the three major cultures that combine and clash in the New Testament setting. The course will provide the student with a big picture view of the complex world in which the church was born. With this goal in mind, the student will examine the historical, religious, philosophical, political, social, literary, and geographical contexts of the first century.

NT 310 – The Formation of the New Testament

  • Course Number: NT 310
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Formation of the New Testament is a course that will introduce the student to the literary background of New Testament times, present an understanding of the Bible as the Word of God, and give an overview of the Old and New Testaments and how they fit together as a unified book. The course will cover the various forms of biblical/textual criticism, and the process that took place to choose which books got into the New Testament canon and which ones were rejected. The student will discover how the books of the Bible came together in the form recognized today.

NT 311 – The Early Church in Jerusalem

  • Course Number: NT 311
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Early Church in Jerusalem will provide the student with a big picture view of the birth of the Christian church of the first century. It covers events from the death of Jesus until the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. Different aspects of Rome and Jerusalem in the first century will be addressed. Topics covered will include politics, leadership, history, writing, religion, and community. The students will discuss the impact of the Day of Pentecost on the church in Jerusalem, and compare and contrast lifestyles of the Jews and the Christians.

NT 313 – Jewish Background of the Parables

  • Course Number: NT 313
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Jewish Background of the Parables offers a study of the parables of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and early non-canonical literature from a Jewish literary and historical perspective. Special attention is given to parallel parables in the Hebrew Bible and rabbinical literature. This course also surveys different methods of interpreting Jesus’ parables. 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 404 – The Gospels / The Life of Christ

  • Course Number: NT 404
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Gospels / The Life of Christ introduces the 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 424 – The Life and Letters of Paul

  • Course Number: NT 424
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

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 light of historical context/issues that assist in the interpretation of the letter.

NT 450 – New Testament Studies Capstone

  • Course Number: NT 450
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Students in the Bachelor of Arts New Testament Studies Program will integrate their various courses of study by demonstrating the competencies addressed in the program outcomes. They will develop deeper understanding of the writings that make up the New Testament, their message, the historical and cultural backgrounds that they were written in, their Jewish roots, and the worldview by which we live and apply the writings today.