The course lays the foundation for in-depth study of the New Testament by surveying its contents, identifying pertinent issues in New Testament studies, and analyzing the relevance of the New Testament in a modern world. Emphasis is on original source material. The course is composed of three modules: (1) Biblical Studies, the Gospels and Acts, (2) The Epistles and The Apocalypse, and (3) Message, Response, and Interpretation. Required for the M.T.S. and M.Div. degrees. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.
• Identify characters, issues, events, places, and themes noted in the New Testament
• Judge underlying assumptions in the critical study of the New Testament
• Analyze New Testament content for application to contemporary life.
Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of 3 multiple-choice examinations and two essays. Each element is valued at 20% of the final grade.
A sample exam problem is given below:
Which of the following has no bearing on the Synoptic Gospels problem? (A) Divergences between the Gospels (B) Non-canonical Gospels (C) Similarity of arrangement (D) Similarity of style and wording
A New Testament in any language is essential. The N.I.V. is recommended as exam problems draw from its vocabulary. The course syllabus serves as a guide. As a secondary source, the student will find a good introduction beneficial. An online book by Pheme Perkins, Reading the New Testament: An Introduction is available at no cost to the student. It may be accessed from the Special Electronic Collection.
The Google translation tool assists students whose native language is not English. It can be used to show the original English and an approximate translation. The tool is useful for reading the syllabus, resources, and examinations.