M.A. Concentration in New Testament

This specialization focuses on the study of New Testament and is intended as a course of study for those with a particular interest in New Testament, for those interested in pursuing further graduate studies in this field, and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Sample Concentration Courses

(Note: The courses below may not all be required.  In some cases, students select one or more courses from a longer list as a means of fulfilling a requirement.) See the online catalog for more details.

LG0220 New Testament Greek  (Full course)
An introduction to Greek grammar and syntax.  Reading and analysis of selected New Testament texts explores the nature of translation and its relationship to interpretation.  In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting New Testament texts.  Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances.  Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

LG4225 Reading Greek  (Full course)
Reading of selective passages from the Greek New Testament and cognate literature to improve students' ability to translate fluently with the help of Bible software; identify how Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax are vital components of biblical interpretation; and communicate to others such exegetical insights in clear ways.  The course also includes instruction in advanced concepts of Greek grammar and emphasizes knowledge of the most commonly occurring words in the Greek New Testament.

NT1215  The Gospel According to Matthew  (Full course)
A detailed study of the Gospel according to Matthew, exploring its structure, theology, and teachings within its ancient setting.  Attention is given to the Gospel's theological and ecclesial significance today, particularly for preaching, teaching, faith formation, and its understandings of mission and discipleship.  To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Matthew theologically.  Sections based on either Greek or English text. 

For a complete list of courses and more thorough curriculum and concentration detail, see the online catalog.