New Testament Interpretation Courses

We are excited about the prospect of your taking courses through SCOPE. Formal admission to BJU is not required to take a course by distance learning, and approval to take a distance learning course does not imply admission to BJU or to a particular degree program.

SNT 621: Foundations for Greek Exegesis

3 credits

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.

  • Dates: Aug. 31–Dec. 12, 2020
  • Register by: Aug. 28, 2020

Biblical Greek Exegesis – 1998 Edition
George H. Guthrie and J. Scott Duvall
ISBN: 9780310212461

A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek (optional) – 1996 Edition (optional)
William D. Mounce
ISBN: 0310205824
Note: This book provides help with the translation assignments in the early portion of the course

United Bible Societies Greek New Testament – 5th Edition
Note: Its counterpart, NA28, has the same text, varying only in some details of capitalization and punctuation, and therefore will work very well.

Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
Note: Gingrich’s Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament is also an option.

SNT 635: Biblical Hermeneutics

3 credits

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.

  • Dates: Aug. 31–Oct. 17, 2020
  • Register by: Aug. 28, 2020

Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring Hermeneutical Triad – History, Literature, Theology – 2011 Edition
Kostenberger, Andreas J. and Richard D. Patterson
Grand Rapids, MI
Kregel Academic and Professional
ISBN: 9780825430473

The Climax of Biblical Prophecy: A Guide to Interpreting Revelation – 2012 Edition
Hand, Brian
Greenville, SC
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN: 9781606823880

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SNT 620: Survey of the New Testament

2 credits

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.

  • Dates: Oct. 19–Dec. 12, 2020
  • Register by: Oct. 16, 2020

The Lion and the Lamb: New Testament Essentials from The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown – 2012 Edition
Kostenberger, Andreas J., L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles
Note: Kindle edition would be fine for this course;

SNT 622: Methods of Greek Exegesis

3 credits

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.

  • Dates: Jan. 18–May 1, 2021
  • Register by: Jan. 15, 2021

Interpreting the New Testament Text – 2006 Edition
Darrell L. Bock and Buist M. Fanning, eds.

An Exegetical Summary of Titus and Philemon – 2008 Edition
Greenlee, J. Harold
SIL International

The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament – 2009 Edition
Danker, Frederick W.
University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226136158
Note: Serious students might consider instead the unabridged version: Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG). Editions after 2000

A Greek New Testament, print or electronic
Note: NA28/UBS5 preferred, but any recent Nestle-Aland (NA) or United Bible Societies (UBS) edition will work fine.

SNT 681: New Testament Introduction

3 credits

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.

  • Dates: Jan. 18–Mar. 6, 2021
  • Register by: Jan. 15, 2021

An Introduction to the New Testament – 2nd Edition
Carson, D. A. and Douglas J. Moo
Grand Rapids
Zondervan, 2005
ISBN: 9780310238591