Description of Courses

The following list represents courses and seminars offered in the Division of Biblical Studies. This list does not contain specific information regarding the session and time of offering. Specific information will be made available to the student by the Registrar’s Office prior to registration.

Biblical  Backgrounds

BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World (2 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
A survey is undertaken of a wide range of materials and issues related to the background of the Old and New Testaments, including archaeology, historical geography, religion, manners and customs, economics, social concerns, and the literature of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world. The course is designed to help students bridge the temporal and cultural gaps between contemporary society and the historical eras of the Bible. 

BBCA5300 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours) Parker, Warner, Warren
This course is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of the field of cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on how it interacts with the study of the biblical context. Areas addressed include methods of analysis in the roles of religion, kinship, social structures, and political structures. Methods studied will include the social-science method, ethnographic (ethnography and ethnology) analysis of a culture, and several social analysis models. Topics will include socialization patterns, family and marriage practices, social stratification, political power access and function, and economic backgrounds. 

BBDS5302         Dead Sea Scrolls (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
A survey is made of the cultural and historical background of the Jewish sectarians who established the community by the Dead Sea in the 2nd century B.C. Students will read and interact with translations of biblical and the sectarian literature, including Apocryphal, halakhic, haggadic, pseudepigraphic, and apocalyptic literature. Implications are drawn for study of the Old and New Testaments, as well as Judaism.

BBFW5304 Archaeological Field Work (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
Participation in a major archaeological excavation in Israel provides opportunity for the observation and practice of techniques in field archaeology. During the excavation process, the student observes and participates in methods of excavation, recording, decipherment, classification, cataloging, and preservation of various finds. Lectures and field trips led by the archaeological staff provide for a comprehensive field experience.

BBFW6301 Ceramic Analysis in Field Archaeology (3 hours) Parker, Warner
This course is an introduction to ceramics analysis, one of the key means of assessing the material cultures of the Ancient Near East (ANE). The course will be taught in connection with the NOBTS excavation in Israel. Instruction will be assisted by leading ceramics expert(s) in Israel, with daily pottery analysis, visits to archaeology labs, and textbook study. Students will learn the keys and methods for dating, analyzing, and synthesizing data from ceramics for understanding material cultures of various ANE civilizations.

BBFW6302 Advanced Ceramic Analysis in Field Archaeology (3 hours) Parker, Warner
This course is an advanced study in ceramics analysis, one of the key means of assessing the material cultures of the Ancient Near East. The course will be taught either on-campus in New Orleans or in conjunction with the NOBTS excavation project in Israel. Instruction will be assisted by leading ceramics expert(s) from Israel, with daily pottery analysis, visits to archaeology labs, and textbook study. Students will learn the keys and methods for dating, analyzing, and synthesizing data from ceramics for understand material cultures of various ANE civilizations.

BBHG6355 History and Geography of Ancient Israel (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
This course will acquaint students with the history and geography of ancient Israel and early Judaism as it is known from biblical texts, ancient historical sources, early Jewish writings and archaeological finds and will expose students to the way history was written in the ancient world. This will be accomplished through reading and comparison of historical sources and several study tours throughout the land of ancient Israel.

BBJD5301 Introduction to Judaism (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
A survey is undertaken of the history of Judaism from its beginnings in Old Testament Israelite religion through the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Subject areas such as Torah, sacrifice, the Jewish festival calendar, messianism, prophetism, and election will be examined in order to understand better the Jewish background of the New Testament. Special attention is given to the development of modern forms of Judaism, such as Reform and Conservative Judaism, with a view toward better understanding how to relate the gospel of Jesus Christ to persons of the Jewish faith.

BBNE6302 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
A survey is made of the historical, cultural, and archaeological evidence of the rise and development of the major cultures of the ancient Near East from the Neolithic through the Persian periods. Particular emphasis is placed upon the impact of these cultures on the pre-history and history of Israel. Included in the survey are Sumer, Akkad, Canaan, Egypt, Hittite, Aram, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. Prerequisite: BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World.

BBNT6301 Archaeology and the New Testament (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner, Warren
Study is made of archaeological finds from Syro-Palestine, Israel, and the Mediterranean basin which aid in the interpretation of the NewTestament in areas such as history, social contexts, religion, material culture, and literary genre studies. Focus of this study is on the Late Hellenistic through Early Roman periods. Illustrated studies of major excavations which provide exemplars of each of the major periods are included. Prerequisite: BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World.

BBNT6302 The Life and Times of Jesus (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
This course is a New Testament backgrounds course that focuses on Historical Jesus Studies. The course is designed to present Jesus within his context. The course will take a focused look at the background, history, geography, and culture of 1st-century Palestine. The course will introduce several topics pertinent to the study of Jesus. Focus of this study is on the Late Hellenistic through Early Roman periods.

BBOT6311 Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and the Old Testament (3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
Study is made of archaeological finds from Syro-Palestine, Israel, and the Levant which aid in the interpretation of the Old Testament in areas such as history, social contexts, religion, material culture, and literary genre studies. Focus of this study is on the Patriarchal (Bronze Age) through early Post-Exilic (Iron Age) periods. Illustrated studies of major excavations which provide exemplars of each of the major periods are included. Prerequisite: BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World.

BBIS5155-5355 Independent Directed Study in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology (1-3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
(Prerequisite: BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World)

BBIS6155-6355 Independent Directed Study in Advanced Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology (1-3 hours) Cole, Parker, Warner
(Prerequisite: BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World)

Biblical Studies

BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics (3 hours) Faculty
This course includes a study of the principles of biblical interpretation, an introduction to the major resources available as an aid to biblical interpretation, and an exegetical study of selected passages from the various genres of biblical literature. Some attention is directed to current issues in biblical hermeneutics, but the major focus of the course is practical in nature in that the goal of the course is that the student develop a sound method for exegesis of the biblical texts.

BSHS5302 History of the Bible (3 hours) Warren
This course is a study of the history of the Bible from the time of the first written documents until the modern English translations. The three aspects of the study are the process of canonization, the transmission of the handwritten texts, and the history of the texts in print. Biblical languages are not required for this course.

BSIS5199-5399 Independent Directed Study in Biblical Studies (1-3 hours) Faculty 

Old Testament 

OTBA6350 Biblical Aramaic (3 hours) Cole
The student is introduced to the essential elements of Biblical and Imperial Aramaic. Grammar and syntax are studied in a semi-inductive approach which focuses upon the Aramaic portions of the Books of Daniel and Ezra. The course also includes a brief introduction to the Syriac language and script, based upon the student’s knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic. Prerequisite: OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar. 

OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament (3 hours) Cole, England, Griffin, Mosley, Parker, Warner
This course is an introduction to the literary, historical, and theological contents and contexts of the Old Testament. Significant interpretive issues are noted, major theological themes covered, and their relevance for Christian living addressed. 

OTEN53XX Old Testament Exegesis (English) (3 hours) Cole, England, Griffin, Mosley
A thorough study of selected texts, through verse-by-verse and paragraph-by-paragraph analysis, comparison of various English versions, consideration of pertinent historical and cultural issues, along with consultation of comprehensive commentaries. The course will emphasize proper methods for discovering the meaning of a text and applying it in teaching and preaching. Students may repeat this course if the individual biblical books or collections being studied are not duplicated. Prerequisites: OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament; BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics.

OTEN5301 Genesis 1‑11

OTEN5311 Ruth

OTEN5321 Isaiah 40‑66

OTEN5302 Genesis 12‑36

OTEN5312 1 & 2 Samuel

OTEN5322 Jeremiah - Lamentations

OTEN5303 Genesis 37‑50

OTEN5313 1 & 2 Kings

OTEN5323 Ezekiel

OTEN5304 Exodus

OTEN5314 1 & 2 Chronicles

OTEN5324 Daniel

OTEN5305 The Ten Commandments:

OTEN5315 Ezra ‑ Nehemiah ‑ Esther

OTEN5325 Hosea ‑ Amos

Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5

OTEN5316 Job

OTEN5326 Jonah

OTEN5306 Leviticus

OTEN5317 Psalms

OTEN5327 Habakkuk ‑ Zephaniah

OTEN5307 Numbers

OTEN5318 Proverbs

OTEN5328 Haggai ‑ Malachi

OTEN5308 Deuteronomy

OTEN5319 Ecclesiastes

OTEN5329 Zechariah

OTEN5309 Joshua

OTEN5320 Isaiah 1‑39

OTEN5330 Song of Songs-Lamentations

OTEN5310 Judges

OTEN5350 Prayer in the Old Testament (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to explore selected prayers in the Old Testament so that the student’s understanding of God, humanity, and life as an experiential matrix will deepen. This exploration will be exegetical in approach, but also by necessity and intent is designed to synthesize the results of exegesis and provide a theology of prayer derived from the Old Testament and a working theology of prayer in contemporary life. 

OTEN6320 Theology of the Old Testament (3 hours) England
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of Old Testament theology. The first part of the course covers the field of Old Testament theology from its beginnings to the modern day. After an initial overview of the field, the various Old Testament covenants (Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Sinaitic, Davidic, and New) are explored exegetically and theologically to help the student see how God’s plan of salvation in the Old Testament leads to fulfillment in the New Testament. 

OTEN6321 Old Testament Eschatology (3 hours) England, Griffin
This course studies the message of hope in the Old Testament in the light of the ancient Near Eastern world. Old Testament eschatology includes several areas of thought: death and afterlife, future hope, the (coming) kingdom of God, God’s anointed, and God’s redemptive plan. The focus of this class will be a modest introduction to the ANE contextual world of thought about the afterlife, along with a heavy emphasis upon what the Old Testament teaches about the kingdom of God and His anointed Messiah. 

OTEN6330 Old Testament Hermeneutics (3 hours) Cole, Mosley
Building upon the course Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, this course provides an overview of the history, principles, and methods of Old Testament interpretation. The major emphasis of the course is practical application of sound hermeneutical principles and methods in the interpretation of selected Old Testament texts. Prerequisite: BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. 

OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar (3 hours) Cole, England, Griffin, Mosley, Parker
Students explore the foundations of Hebrew grammar and basic vocabulary so that they will be able to do basic translation and exegesis of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. The course emphasizes basic grammatical constructions and rules of grammar as well as tools necessary for the student to work with the original language. The course includes basic readings from the Hebrew text.

OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for Old Testament Exegesis (3 hours) Cole, England, Mosley, Parker
Students broaden their ability in and familiarity with Hebrew grammar and basic vocabulary so that they will be able to do in-depth translation and analysis of the text of the Old Testament. The course emphasizes grammatical constructions and verb forms as well as introductions to textual criticism and Hebrew syntax. The course includes readings from the various literary genres of the Hebrew text. Prerequisite: OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar. 

OTHB63XX Hebrew Exegesis (3 hours) Cole, England, Griffin, Mosley
An advanced course giving consideration to textual, grammatical, syntactical, literary, and historical issues through verse-by-verse and paragraph-by-paragraph analysis in a variety of genres. The course will emphasize proper methods for discovering the meaning of a text and applying it in teaching and preaching. Students may repeat this course if the individual biblical books or collections being studied are not duplicated. Prerequisites: OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar and OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for Exegesis.

OTHB6301 Genesis 1‑11

OTHB6311 Ruth

OTHB6321 Isaiah 40‑66

OTHB6302 Genesis 12‑36

OTHB6312 1 & 2 Samuel

OTHB6322 Jeremiah - Lamentations

OTHB6303 Genesis 37‑50

OTHB6313 1 & 2 Kings

OTHB6323 Ezekiel

OTHB6304 Exodus

OTHB6314 1 & 2 Chronicles

OTHB6324 Daniel

OTHB6305 The Ten Commandments:

OTHB6315 Ezra ‑ Nehemiah ‑ Esther

OTHB6325 Hosea ‑ Amos

Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5

OTHB6316 Job

OTHB6326 Jonah

OTHB6306 Leviticus

OTHB6317 Psalms

OTHB6327 Habakkuk ‑ Zephaniah

OTHB6307 Numbers

OTHB6318 Proverbs

OTHB6328 Haggai ‑ Malachi

OTHB6308 Deuteronomy

OTHB6319 Ecclesiastes

OTHB6329 Zechariah

OTHB6309 Joshua

OTHB6320 Isaiah 1‑39

OTHB6330 Song of Songs-Lamentations

OTHB6310 Judges

OTIS5150-5350 Independent Directed Study in Old Testament (1-3 hours) Faculty

OTIS6150-6350 Independent Directed Study in Old Testament (Advanced) (1-3 hours) Faculty

New Testament

NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament (3 hours) Price, Ray, Stevens, Warren
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the literature of the New Testament by means of studying both the biblical text and the historical and cultural factors that underlie it. The historical background, certain aspects of contemporary scholarship, and especially the themes and general teachings of the New Testament books will be discussed.

NTEN53XX New Testament Exegesis (English) (3 hours) Price, Ray, Stevens, Warren
These offerings consist of a thorough study of selected New Testament books or passages through verse-by-verse and paragraph-by-paragraph analysis, comparison of various English versions, consideration of pertinent historical and cultural issues, and consultation with major literature and commentaries. The course emphasizes proper methods for discovering the meaning of a text and applying it in teaching and preaching. Students may repeat this course if the individual biblical books or passages being studied are not duplicated. Prerequisites: BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics and NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament.

NTEN5301 Matthew

NTEN5313 1 & 2 Timothy

NTEN5302 Mark

NTEN5314 Prison Epistles

NTEN5303 Luke

NTEN5315 Pastoral Epistles

NTEN5304 John

NTEN5316 Hebrews

NTEN5305 Acts

NTEN5317 James

NTEN5306 Romans

NTEN5318 1 Peter

NTEN5307 1 Corinthians

NTEN5319 2 Peter

NTEN5308 2 Corinthians

NTEN5320 1‑3 John

NTEN5309 Galatians

NTEN5321 The Revelation

NTEN5310 Ephesians

NTEN5322 Sermon on the Mount

NTEN5311 Philippians ‑ Colossians

NTEN5323 Parables

NTEN5312 1 & 2 Thessalonians

NTEN5390 Backgrounds for New Testament Study (3 hours) Faculty
This course goes beyond surveying New Testament documents to investigating more in depth those political, economic, social, and cultural backgrounds that enhance New Testament study. The student is also guided through the process using a critical introduction to selected New Testament books, exploring issues such as authorship, date, and occasion and purpose. Another facet of the course is an introduction to the current state of research on methodologies employed in New Testament studies. The course is designed for MDiv students desiring in-depth study of the historical backgrounds for the NT books. Students considering PhD studies in either OT or NT are strongly encouraged to take this course. Prerequisite: NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament.

NTEN5395 The Social Setting of the New Testament (3 hours) Warren
The purpose of this course is to involve the student in an extensive study of daily life in the first century. Topics include such items as honor-shame, family patterns, marriage customs, social groups, and other such social, political, religious, and economic backgrounds that can serve as aids for understanding the message of the New Testament. Selected texts from the NT are studied in light of the various aspects of the first-century social setting. Prerequisite: NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament.

NTEN6310 The Historical Jesus (3 hours) Ray
The seminar introduces students to theological, biblical, and philosophical methodological issues related to contemporary Historical Jesus research. Issues addressed include the nature of the task, the role of the historian, and tools for the task, as well as past and contemporary personalities in Historical Jesus research. The seminar will emphasize personal reading, research, and writing. Also can be taken as THEO6310.

NTEN6320 New Testament Theology (3 hours) Ray
This study is concerned with exegetical theology and focuses on the basic themes of the New Testament. Attention is given to the methodology of New Testament theology and its current state. The distinctive elements in the respective books are observed as well as the essential unity of the New Testament. Prerequisite: NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament.

NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar (3 hours) Price, Ray, Stevens, Warren
This course is designed to teach the elements of Greek grammar to establish a foundational understanding of the language for exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Students who have more than 6 hours of college Greek may not receive credit for this course. Such students should consult with New Testament professors to determine the level at which they should enter the study of Greek in the seminary. Students in the language track are expected to take Intermediate Greek Grammar as their next Greek course.

NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for New Testament Exegesis (3 hours) Price, Ray, Stevens, Warren
This course is designed primarily to augment the student’s grasp of Greek grammar as presented in the introductory course and to advance the student’s understanding of some elementary syntactical features of New Testament Greek. The course also will strengthen additional exegetical skills by sentence-flow diagramming. Intermediate Greek, while helpful to any student wishing to go further in understanding New Testament Greek, is required for language track students. Intermediate Greek Grammar is prerequisite for Greek Exegesis; Advanced Greek Grammar; Readings in Hellenistic Literature; and Textual Criticism of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar.

NTGK63XX Greek Exegesis (3 hours) Price, Ray, Stevens, Warren
An advanced course giving consideration to text-critical, grammatical, syntactical, literary, and historical issues through text analysis in a variety of genres. The course will emphasize sound hermeneutical principles for discovering the meaning of the text and for applying the text in teaching and preaching. Students may repeat the course for non-reduplicating books. Prerequisites: NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar; and NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for Exegesis.

NTGK6301 Matthew

NTGK6313 1 & 2 Timothy

NTGK6302 Mark

NTGK6314 Prison Epistles

NTGK6303 Luke

NTGK6315 Pastoral Epistles

NTGK6304 John

NTGK6316 Hebrews

NTGK6305 Acts

NTGK6317 James

NTGK6306 Romans

NTGK6318 1 Peter

NTGK6307 1 Corinthians

NTGK6319 2 Peter

NTGK6308 2 Corinthians

NTGK6320 1‑3 John

NTGK6309 Galatians

NTGK6321 The Revelation

NTGK6310 Ephesians

NTGK6322 Sermon on the Mount

NTGK6311 Philippians ‑ Colossians

NTGK6323 Parables

NTGK6312 1 & 2 Thessalonians

NTGK6390 Textual Criticism of the Greek New Testament (3 hours) Warren
A study is made of paleography, the ancient witnesses to the text of the New Testament, the history of the handwritten text of the New Testament, and the actual practice of textual criticism. In connection with the last of these subjects, students learn to read the critical apparatuses of the Nestle-Aland and the United Bible Societies editions of the Greek New Testament and to evaluate significant variant readings. The course qualifies as an advanced Greek exegesis course for degree requirements. Prerequisite: NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for Exegesis or its equivalent.

NTGK6391 Studies in New Testament Manuscripts (3 hours) Warren
This course provides a hands-on experience for students with the New Testament minuscule manuscripts. The emphasis in the course is on the collation and study of the Greek minuscule manuscripts of the New Testament. Students are taught the details of manuscript production, how to read the cursive manuscripts, and how to collate a manuscript. Each student engages in the collation of Greek New Testament minuscule manuscripts, with the resulting information added to the database at the NOBTS Center for New Testament Textual Studies. Prerequisite: NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for Exegesis or its equivalent.

NTGK6393 Advanced Greek Grammar (3 hours) Warren
Attention is given to the syntax of the Greek language. Passages from the New Testament are translated to illustrate syntactical usage. The course qualifies as an advanced Greek exegesis course for degree requirements. This course may substitute for the NTGK6300 level exegesis course for the non-language track specializations. Prerequisite: NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for Exegesis or its equivalent.

NTGK6395 Readings in Hellenistic Greek (3 hours) Ray, Warren
The course content consists of selected readings from Greek literature of the Koine period (332 B.C. to A.D. 330). The emphasis of the course will be on translation, but attention will be given to the background and provenance of the selected readings. The student may repeat this course for credit provided the selected readings are not duplicated. Prerequisite: NTGK6393 Advanced Greek Grammar.

NTHM6302 New Testament Hermeneutics (3 hours) Stevens, Warren
After an overview of the history and major principles of New Testament interpretation, this course focuses on the study and application of various methodologies in interaction with New Testament texts and on the transference process in interpretation from the ancient context to the modern context. Case studies may be utilized in the study of the transference process. Prerequisite: BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics.

NTIS5199-5399 Independent Directed Study in New Testament (1-3 hours) Faculty

NTIS6199-6399 Independent Directed Study in New Testament (Advanced) (1-3 hours) Faculty