A study of the reception history of the Septuagint in both Jewish and Christian canonical contexts, and in the works of early Jewish and Christian translators, revisors, and authors. The evidence for the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will be explored against the backdrop of this history, and selected texts will be studied. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 601
Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused work in a specialized area of Septuagint studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to carry out critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline. BNT 601, BOT 601
A Septuagint Studies: Theories, Principles, and Methods
An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890
The student is introduced to the basic features of New Testament Greek, including grammar, vocabulary, and oral reading. The result is the ability to read the simpler portions of the New Testament with the aid of a Greek Lexicon.
The student continues in the basic features of NT Greek, with emphasis on some of the more complex aspects of Greek grammar. Vocabulary development and reading practice will be emphasized. As a result the student will gain proficiency in reading the Greek Testament and will be prepared for exegetical study. Prerequisite: BNT 501
This course is designed to introduce NT Greek for students who have little or no prior knowledge of the language, and who will need language tools to exegete biblical texts. The course includes a basic introduction to the language, the use of language resources and tools and online resources available for effective exegesis. The focus will not be on memorization or language acquisition, but on developing a practical knowledge of NT Greek in order to use exegetical tools.
The student will survey the content and unique emphases of each book, study selected portions in detail, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution of this section to the totality of biblical truth. Application of truth to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIB 505
The student will develop exegetical method and skill in use of the Greek language. The course includes the study of syntax, an introduction to textual criticism, exposure to exegetical tools, and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: BNT 502