Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Studies

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Explore the message of the New Testament books, their historical and cultural background, their Jewish foundations, and the context that we live and apply them in today.


This four-year degree program is designed for students who desire a deeper understanding of the New Testament and the Jewish milieu from which Christianity emerged. Students will explore the message of the New Testament, its historical and cultural background, and the context in which we live and apply its message today. Special emphasis is given to the sacred history and rich heritage of the Jewish people, which brings a fresh perspective to the New Testament writings.

The Scriptures, as well as pertinent New Testament scholarship, are studied through a non-sectarian approach allowing the Holy Spirit to bring to light the present-day application of God’s eternal Word. This approach gives the rich background and tools necessary for a lifetime of effective study and application of the New Testament.

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The Bachelor of Arts Program is Designed to

  • Provide students with a broad understanding of New Testament backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Develop biblical research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level necessary for ministry and ongoing biblical studies.
  • Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and growth.

Upon Successful Completion, You Will be Able To

  • Analyze the New Testament writings in light of their authorship, audience, and their historical/cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and describe the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in areas of structure, themes, major figures, and events of the books of the Bible.
  • Apply the theological, cultural, and devotional understanding of the New Testament to life and ministry practice.
  • Demonstrate through participation in course-related forums the sharing of ideas and mutual support.

Course of Study

The BA in New Testament Studies program contains 120 units (semester hours): 33 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundations, 60 units of core courses, and 18 units of elective courses.

Communication (9 units)

GS 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units

History / Cultures (6 units)

HI 201 is required; choose 1 more

HI 201Western Civilization 13 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units

Humanities (6 units)

HU 210 is required; choose 1 more

HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units

Mathematics (3 units)

GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units

Natural Science (3 units)

Choose 1 of the following

SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
SC 203Environmental Science3 units

Social Science (6 units)

SS 205 is required; choose 1 more

SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 units

General Education Description

Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student complete general education courses that: (1) cultivate breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural knowledge; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and emphasize skills and principles not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain core competencies that include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) fundamental mathematical, science, and technological skills.

HU 211Reading the Bible3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units

Christian Foundations Description

Shiloh University believes specific foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating. Connecting Christian foundations to life’s vocations empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

Context Studies (18 units)

CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
HI 220World Religions3 units
JS 301Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought3 units
MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
TH 301Theology 13 units
TH 302Theology 23 units

Biblical Foundations (12 units)

MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
MT 407Biblical Hermeneutics3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units

New Testament Studies (30 units)

JS 303Jewish Foundations of Christianity3 units
JS 311Second Temple Judaism3 units
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units
NT 309Background of the New Testament3 units
NT 310Formation of the New Testament3 units
NT 311The Early Church in Jerusalem3 units
NT 313Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
NT 404The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 424The Life and Letters of Paul3 units
NT 450New Testament Studies Capstone3 units

BL 301Biblical Hebrew 14 units
BL 302Biblical Hebrew 24 units
BL 303Biblical Greek 14 units
BL 304Biblical Greek 24 units
BS 207Personal Finance3 units
BS 301Introduction to Business3 units
BS 302Principles of Management3 units
BS 313Coaching and Mentoring for Business3 units
CH 304Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
CH 402Readings in Christian Thought3 units
HU 203Music Theory and Musicianship 13 units
HU 204Music Theory and Musicianship 23 units
MT 309Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 310Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
MT 311Principles of Spiritual Care3 units
MT 313Practical Crisis Counseling3 units
MT 406Homiletics3 units
MT 412Biblical Curriculum Development3 units
MT 414Pastoral counseling for Recovery Restoration3 units
PL 401Foundations of Liturgy3 units
PL 405Relational Church Planting and Growth3 units
PL 410Stewardship and Administration3 units
PL 412Church Law3 units
PL 422Spiritual Worship Leadership3 units

Accelerated Dual Degree Track

Students interested in earning a Master of Divinity after the BA in New Testament studies can reduce their Master of Divinity in half by enrolling in the accelerated Dual Degree track. Dual degree students earn over 30 units that transfer directly into Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity program.

  • Five courses (15 units) are taken at the graduate level during the Bachelor program
  • Six courses (18 units) are transferred from Undergraduate to Graduate level

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Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.

Igal German
B.A. in Biblical Literature and Judaica and M.A. in Biblical Literature and Semitics, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible & Old Testament, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada
Teaches: Jewish and Biblical Studies

Marsha Smith
B.A. in Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College
M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University
Retired professor from Augustana College
Marty Folsom
B.A. in Youth Ministry, Northwest University
Th.B. in Theology, Northwest University
M.A. in Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. in Theology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand Postdoctorate studies, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
Teaches: Theology and Ministry
Rabbi Mordechai Weiss
First Rabbinic Degree, Central Yeshiva Tomchei Thimim Lubavitz, Brooklyn, New York
B.A. in Hebrew Letters and M.A. in Hebrew Letters, Yeshiva Gedolah Rabinnical College, Miama Beach, Florida
Teaches: Jewish and Biblical Studies

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in New Testament Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.