New Testament Language and Literature

Faculty

Chair: Moyer Hubbard, D.Phil.
Distinguished Professor: Wilkins
Professors: Arnold, Hellerman, Hubbard, Manning, Rhee
Associate Professors: Geringer, Hultberg
Special Appointment Faculty:  Devine

Objectives

The mission of the New Testament department is to help students gain a deeper appreciation of the NT by developing skills in the areas of Greek language, exegesis, the historical-cultural setting of the NT, and biblical theology. The intended outcome is for students to better understand God's written word in order to apply it to the development of a distinctly Christian worldview that they would live out in daily life and their ministries.

Preparation for Study

Students are strongly advised to take beginning Greek prior to starting coursework at Talbot (either in Summer Session at Talbot or in undergraduate work), so that the student can immediately begin work with the Greek text of the New Testament. A qualifying examination in Greek is available to all students with previous Greek training. Those with a grade of "C" or higher on the examination will be enrolled in TTNT 503 and the rest in TTNT 501. Those who take beginning Greek at Talbot will have 4 credits fewer elective options.

Competency Requirement

Students must pass TTNT 501 and TTNT 502 with a "C-" or better to progress to TTNT 503. Students must pass TTNT 503 with a "C-" or better to progress to other courses for which TTNT 503 is a prerequisite or receive approval from the department chair.

Courses

TTNT 501 - Beginning Greek ICredits 3

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 502 - Beginning Greek IICredits 3

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 503 - Introduction to ExegesisCredits 3

A comprehensive survey of morphology and syntax, the building of a Greek vocabulary, an introduction to textual criticism, and the development of an exegetical methodology with reading in selected passages of the Greek New Testament. Designed to emphasize the value of Greek study as a tool for understanding the biblical text. Lecture/Lab Hours: Includes a required one hour non-credit lab. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A. (Bible Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology), and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 501, TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 604 - Exegesis in the GospelsCredits 3

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 605 - Exegesis in the EpistlesCredits 3

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the Epistles in the light of the historical framework of the book of Acts. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 608 - Summer Readings in New Testament GreekCredits 1-2

Selected readings from the Greek New Testament. The course is designed to give students who have completed first year Greek experience in reading the text during the summer before they take TTNT 503. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 501, TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 610 - Readings in New Testament GreekCredits 1-3

Selected readings from the Greek New Testament. The course is designed to give students experience in reading the text. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 616 - Readings in Hellenistic GreekCredits 1-3

Readings from a variety of literary and non-literary Koine texts as a means of developing a greater awareness of the linguistic, literary, and cultural context of the New Testament. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 621 - Life of ChristCredits 2-3

A study of the historical and cultural background to the gospels; extensive study of the mission, life and teachings of Christ. A harmony/synopsis of the gospels will be employed in order to give attention to the similarities and differences in the gospel accounts. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 623 - Exegesis of the Gospel of MatthewCredits 2-3

A study of the entire gospel with detailed exegesis of select passages. Special attention given to the structure, argument, and interpretative problems of the gospel. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 641 - Exegesis of RomansCredits 2-3

A study of the entire epistle with detailed exegesis of select passages. Special attention given to the structure, argument, and interpretative problems of the epistle. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 644 - Exegesis of EphesiansCredits 2-3

Translation and exegesis of the epistle with special attention given to determining the life-setting and to interpreting the primary themes. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 646 - Exegesis of HebrewsCredits 2-3

A study of the entire epistle with detailed exegesis of select passages. Special attention given to the structure, argument, and interpretative problems of the epistle. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 701 - The World of the New TestamentCredits 2-3

New Testament historical backgrounds and archaeology, including a study of the religious developments, literature, geography and cultural setting of Judaism and the Hellenistic world at the time of Christ and the early Church. Notes: Required of M.A. (New Testament) students. Must be taken within the final 20 credits of the program. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 703 - The Cultural Setting of the GospelsCredits 2-3

An examination of such things as Jewish religious beliefs and customs, the political situation, urban life, folk belief, ethnic issues, language, Greco-Roman religious beliefs and customs, and other cultural phenomena that form the relevant background to the Gospels. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 704 - The Cultural Setting of ActsCredits 2-3

An examination of such things as Jewish religious beliefs and customs, the political situation, urban life, folk belief, ethnic issues, language, Greco-Roman religious beliefs and customs, and other cultural phenomena that form the relevant background to the book of Acts. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 707 - The Cultural Setting of Second CorinthiansCredits 2-3

An examination of such things as Jewish religious beliefs and customs, the political situation, urban life, folk belief, ethnic issues, language, Greco-Roman religious beliefs and customs, and other cultural phenomena that form the relevant background to Paul's letters to Corinth. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 721 - Exegesis of the Synoptic Discourses of ChristCredits 2-3

Christ's major discourses in the Synoptic gospels, with principal emphasis upon the Sermon on the Mount, the Parables of the Mysteries of the Kingdom and the Olivet Discourse. The content of the discourses will be analyzed within the ministry of Christ. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 722 - Exegesis of the Gospel of LukeCredits 2-3

Extensive translation in the gospel. Exegesis of selected portions. Consideration of the contribution of this book to one's knowledge of the life of Christ. Examination of style and vocabulary of Luke. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 723 - Exegesis of ActsCredits 2-3

Extensive translation in the book. Exegesis of selected portions. Consideration of the contribution of this book to knowledge of the expansion and life of the early Church. Introduction to critical issues in the book, with emphasis upon its importance and its historicity. Comparison of style with that of Luke's gospel. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 741 - Exegesis of Second CorinthiansCredits 2-3

A detailed study of the Greek text of the epistle with special attention given to problems of grammar and interpretation. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 742 - Exegesis of GalatiansCredits 2-3

A detailed exegesis of the original text together with a consideration of the historical situations. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 743 - Exegesis of PhilippiansCredits 2-3

A detailed study of the Greek text of the epistle with special attention given to the problems of grammar and interpretation. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 744 - Exegesis of ColossiansCredits 2-3

A detailed study of the Greek text of the epistle with emphasis upon the problems present in the Colossian church. Exegesis of the epistle. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 747 - Exegesis of the Pastoral EpistlesCredits 2-3

An examination of I Timothy, II Timothy and Titus in the Greek text with a special focus on church structure and leadership. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 751 - Exegesis of the ApocalypseCredits 2-3

A study based on the original text, with a focus on the seven churches and the literary genre of the book. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 755 - Theology of the GospelsCredits 2-3

An examination of the theological teaching of Jesus as recorded in the four gospel narratives. Special attention is paid to the chronological development of themes taught by Christ in the light of His presentation and rejection. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. (Cross-listed with TTTH 729). Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 757 - Johannine TheologyCredits 2-3

The theology of the Johannine writings, with emphasis upon the concepts that the writer himself emphasizes. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 501, TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 759 - Pauline TheologyCredits 2-3

The main themes of Paul's doctrine from the biblical theological perspective. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 501, TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 770 - Spiritual Formation in the Letters of PaulCredits 2-3

An exploration of the theme of Christian growth in the letters and life of the Apostle Paul. Notes: Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 791 - New Testament SeminarCredits 1-4

Supervised research of designated areas of concentration in New Testament literature, history, interpretation or theology. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTNT 801 - Textual Criticism of the New TestamentCredits 2-3

The origin and history of textual criticism. Study of the relative value of manuscripts and the examination of textual theories. Notes: Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 803 - Advanced Greek GrammarCredits 2-3

An intensive study of standard works on advanced Greek grammar. Notes: May be continued for a second semester as warranted. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503, TTNT 604, TTNT 605, 4 credits TTNT exegesis electives.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 804 - Advanced Greek GrammarCredits 2-3

An intensive study of standard works on advanced Greek grammar. Notes: Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503, TTNT 604, TTNT 605, 4 credits TTNT exegesis electives.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 812 - The World of the New TestamentCredits 3

New Testament historical backgrounds and archaeology, including a study of the religious developments, literature, geography and cultural setting of Judaism and the Hellenistic world at the time of Christ and the early Church. Notes: Required of Th.M. (New Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 814 - Seminar on the Cultural Setting of the New TestamentCredits 3

An examination of such things as Jewish religious beliefs and customs, the political situation, urban life, folk belief, ethnic issues, language, Greco-Roman religious beliefs and customs, and other cultural phenomena that form the relevant background to various TTNT books. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 816 - Hellenistic Greek SeminarCredits 1-3

Readings from a variety of literary and non-literary Koine texts as a means of developing a greater awareness of the linguistic, literary, and cultural context of the New Testament. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 822 - Seminar in the GospelsCredits 1-3

Advanced study of one or more of the gospels. Special attention given to critical and exegetical issues problems associated with a particular gospel(s). Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with the study of a different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503, TTNT 604.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 824 - The Acts of the ApostlesCredits 2-3

Introduction to the book, the emphasis upon its importance and its historicity. Translation of the text with exegesis of certain sections. Comparison of style with that of Luke's gospel and comparison of Peter's and Paul's speeches with their epistles. Notes: Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 825 - Seminar in New Testament TheologyCredits 1-3

Advanced study in biblical theology focusing on describing the thought of one of the biblical writers or a grouping of TTNT books. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 501, TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 832 - Seminar in the EpistlesCredits 1-3

Advanced study of one or more of the epistles. Special attention given to critical and exegetical issues associated with a particular epistle(s). Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTNT 503, TTNT 605.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 880 - Directed ResearchCredits 1-3

Detailed research on some aspect of the New Testament. May include a special focus on or combined study of exegesis, New Testament history, introductory matters, or New Testament theology. Notes: Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 890 - Advanced New Testament SeminarCredits 1-4

Supervised research of designated areas of concentration in New Testament literature, history, interpretation or theology. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTNT 891 - Research SeminarCredits 3

Discussion and application of the central areas of New Testament research and related fields of study. Instruction in research methodology, including the identification of a problem, the steps taken to resolve it, and writing the results. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $50.

TTNT 892 - Research SeminarCredits 2

Discussion and application of the central areas of New Testament research and related fields of study. Instruction in research methodology, including the identification of a problem, the steps taken to resolve it, and writing the results. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.