New Testament Interpretation


Fernando IX University
Fernando IX University

SNT 611: Exposition of the Synoptic Gospels 

A survey and comparison of the three Gospels, with an investigation of the synoptic problem and an exposition of the characteristic teachings of each Gospel. Hermeneutical principles especially applicable to the Synoptics will be considered. Preparation of expository sermons from the Synoptics required.

SNT 612: Exposition of John's Gospel & Epistles 

An analysis of the major theological themes of each book coupled with an exposition of selected portions of each. Special attention will be given to hermeneutical principles vital to a proper exposition of John's writings. Preparation of expository sermons from the Johannine literature required.

SNT 613: Exposition of Acts 

An exposition of the book, including discussions of the origin of the church at Jerusalem, the character of early Judean Christianity, initial apostolic missionary activity, and Paul's life and journeys into the Hellenistic world. Extensive exposure to the most recent commentary literature. Instruction and weekly practice in the preparation of expository sermons from Acts.

SNT 614: Exposition of Romans 

An exposition of the epistle in light of the circumstances and experience of the Apostle Paul and the congregation in Rome. Careful attention is given to the structure of the book and the development of its major theological arguments. Exposure to both the classic and most recent commentary literature on Romans. Preparation of expository sermons required.

SNT 615: Exposition of the Corinthian Epistles 

A thorough exposition of selected portions of the epistles. Reading from the best commentary literature on the books. Preparation of expository sermons required.

SNT 616: Exposition of Paul's Shorter Epistles 

An exposition of selected portions from Paul's shorter epistles (the Thessalonian, Prison and Pastoral Epistles). Thorough exposure to the commentary literature. Direction and practice in the preparation of expository sermon series.

SNT 618: Exposition of the General Epistles 

An exposition of the theological themes and selected portions from the general epistles. Thorough exposure to the commentary literature. Preparation of expository sermons from each book.

SNT 619: Exposition of Revelation 

An exposition of the content of the Apocalypse. Reading in the best, standard commentaries. Preparation of expository sermons from each section of the book.

SNT 620: Survey of the New Testament 

Basic background, content and synopsis of the New Testament. Identification of major critical attacks. Introduction to key methods of Bible study. For students with little or no undergraduate background in Bible.

SNT 621: Foundations for Greek Exegesis 

Extensive review of Greek fundamentals, with translation of a variety of New Testament passages. Introduction to exegetical thinking, with readings and exegesis projects. Semi-remedial in nature, especially suited for students who feel moderately lacking in readiness for Methods of Greek exegesis.

SNT 622: Methods of Greek Exegesis 

Rapid review of Greek fundamentals, followed by translation of a variety of New Testament texts. Readings and exercises in standard methods of Greek exegesis, culminating in the writing of two exegesis papers. Students with marginal mastery of Greek fundamentals should consider first taking SNT 621 Foundations for Greek Exegesis.

SNT 635: Biblical Hermeneutics 

A study of the principles and practices essential to biblical interpretation with an emphasis on the conservative, grammatical-historical-contextual method, presupposing the inerrancy of Scripture. Special attention will also be given to the interpretation of the various genres of Scripture including poetry, narrative, epistolary and apocalyptic literature.

SNT 650: New Testament Theology 

Application of the principles and methods of biblical theology to the study of the New Testament, with particular focus on the Kingdom of God.

SNT 681: New Testament Introduction 

The canon and text of the New Testament: composition, authorship, date and content of each book. The course gives special attention to the current Greek text controversy.

SNT 685: Biblical Geography & Archaeology 

A study of the geographical features and important archaeological discoveries of the Holy Land, enhancing the understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.

SNT 697: Holy Land Studies 

An in-depth study tour of Bible lands, visiting the sites of the major events of the Old and New Testaments. Course requirements include assigned reading and papers.

SNT 698: Journeys of Paul 

A study tour focusing on many sites of the missionary travels of the Apostle Paul, including Asia Minor, Greece and Rome. Course requirements include assigned readings and papers.

SNT 703: Exegesis of Paul's Epistles 

Readings in the Greek text of Paul's epistles, emphasizing translation, syntax and exegesis with application to sermon development. Includes writing in sermonic and exegesis-paper styles and dissertation style.

Prerequisite: SNT 622.

SNT 709: Septuagint 

The history and translation of the Greek Old Testament. Study and translation of passages from almost every Old Testament book. Comparisons with the Hebrew text and New Testament quotations.

Prerequisite: SOT 804.

SNT 711: Exegesis of John's Writings 

Readings in the Greek text of John's Gospel and epistles and Revelation, emphasizing translation, syntax and exegesis with application to sermon development. Includes writing in sermonic and exegesis-paper styles and dissertation style.

Prerequisite: SNT 622.

SNT 755: The Holy Spirit 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Includes a survey of the history of the doctrine, examination of the Old Testament evidence, exegesis of key New Testament passages, a refutation of the charismatic movement, and readings in the relevant theological literature.

SNT 758: The Church 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the church. Includes a survey of the biblical terminology and imagery, examination of the origin of the church and its relationship to other aspects of God's program, exegesis of key New Testament passages, study of the purposes of the church, and readings in the theological literature.

SNT 760: Eschatology 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the end times. Includes an examination of the principles of interpretation of prophecy, exegesis of key passages of Scriptures, evaluation of the various positions on the Millennium and the Rapture, and readings in the theological literature.

SNT 776: Theology & Practice of Prayer 

Investigation and systematization of the teaching of Scripture from biblical models, commands and instructions concerning prayer. Readings from the major devotional and expositional classics on the subject.

SNT 801: New Testament Word Study 

Studies in the history, etymology, synonymy, English cognates and theological development of the 5,594 words of the Greek New Testament.

SNT 802: Exegesis of Luke's Writings 

Readings in the Greek text of Luke and Acts, emphasizing translation, syntax and exegesis with application to sermon development. Includes writing in sermonic and exegesis-paper styles and dissertation style.

Prerequisite: SNT 622.

SNT 807: Exegesis of Hebrews & the General Epistles 

Readings in the Greek text of Hebrews and the epistles of James, Peter and Jude, emphasizing translation, syntax and exegesis with application to sermon development. Includes writing in sermonic and exegesis-paper styles and dissertation style.

Prerequisite: SNT 622.

SNT 850: Advanced New Testament Theology 

Study of the history of New Testament biblical theology and application of the methods of biblical theology to words, books and subjects not covered in the other theology courses.

Prerequisite: SNT 650.

SNT 881: New Testament Textual Criticism 

Studies in its history, theory and praxis with special attention to the principal manuscripts, and the testimony of the Church Fathers.

SNT 887: Biblical Historical Backgrounds 

A study of ancient Near Eastern history and the history of New Testament times, including an investigation of the cultures preceding and contemporary with Israel during the theocracy, the intertestamental period and the first century Mediterranean world.

SNT 889: New Testament Seminar 

Directed reading with weekly seminar discussions. Bibliography and scholarship, past and present, evaluated on the basis of the absolute authority of Scripture.

SNT 905: Advanced Greek Grammar 

The syntax of New Testament Greek using Moulton, Robertson and other standard grammars of advanced level. Designed to enable the student to read at sight all grammatical constructions in the Greek New Testament.

SNT 931: History & Problems of Interpretation 

A study of the history, principles and problems of interpretation as they apply to the Old and New Testaments.

SNT 932: Problems of New Testament Interpretation 

Analysis and discussion of specific problem passages in the New Testament.

Prerequisite: SNT 931.

SNT 991: Teaching Internship 

In the final year of his doctoral coursework, each doctoral candidate will be assigned a faculty professor-mentor for one semester. During this semester the candidate will be assigned test construction, lecture preparation and presentation, student consultation, project grading, and course management duties by his professor. The professor will also evaluate the preparation and presentation of a multi-hour teaching unit by the candidate in a course of the professor's choosing. Subject matter and pedagogical reading will be assigned according to the need of the student, at the professor's discretion.

SNT 992: Theological Research Methods 

Instruction in both electronic and hard copy resources for theological research, methods for the collection, analysis and organization of research data, and an introduction to graduate paper and dissertation writing. Research and an initial dissertation proposal will be written for the course.

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