Why attend the New Testament Studies Seminar?
The New Testament Studies Seminar is one of a four-part seminar series offered by SBS International (also available are: Old Testament Studies Seminar, Theology of Paul Seminar and Church History Seminar). This seminar is designed to give SBS graduates and SBS staff a greater depth of proficiency in the New Testament and the theological issues that it raises. It also provides the student with the opportunity to engage in the discipline of New Testament Theology in order to thoughtfully reflect on the central themes and critical questions of the New Testament.
The New Testament Studies Seminar will give an SBS graduate seminary-level instruction without having to leave the mission field. All seminars are accredited with the U of N and can be taken to obtain a Biblical Studies degree.
Course objectives: 1. To introduce the student to the distinctive theological perspectives and themes of Jesus and the New Testament authors, as well as significant modern scholarship in the field of New Testament Theology. 2. To strengthen the student in their ability to understand theological concepts and the implications for their faith, as well as organize their personal theology into a coherent system of belief. 3. To develop the student in their spiritual formation by encouraging them to respond to theological truth intellectually and by lifestyle changes, allow their thoughts, ideas and theological perspectives to be challenged through assignments and class dialogue, and strengthen personal faith by reflecting on new insights and theological concepts. 4. To help the student better formulate (a) New Testament theology in order that they may teach on the various topics and themes that contribute to New Testament theology.
Each week will include two 3-hour lectures on the material and topics covered in the textbooks.
Two textbooks are required reading:
Schreiner, Thomas. New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ. Baker, 2008. (888 pgs.)
Vos, Geerhardus. Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. Banner of Truth, 2007. (104 pgs.)
There will be one 3-hour Discussion Time each week. Each student is required to bring his or her summaries on reading and class material covered that week. This will provide the content for the Discussion Time.
Each week the student will be required to write two 2-3 page, single-sided, double-spaced (10-12 pt.) Summary Papers, one for each required textbook. The summaries should demonstrate that the student understands:
1. The major topics or thoughts covered
2. The conclusion the NT author has come to regarding these topics
The Summary Papers are emailed to all students and instructors and will provide the content for the Discussion Time.
Final Research Paper
At the beginning of the final class each student will submit one 8-10 page, double-spaced (10-12 pt.) research paper. The paper should discuss a major topic or theme relevant to New Testament theology. The paper should include:
1. A thesis
2. An introduction explaining what the paper will discuss and how it will discuss it
3. A well thought out and articulated body
4. A concise summary and closing with points of application for the reader
5. Footnotes - these are necessary so that the reader can know from where you got the information that appears in your paper
6. A Bibliography
At YWAM Montana we believe in a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle. So as a part of the seminar curriculum, you will serve in different areas on our campus during the week. You will serve in areas like: Meal prep, Meal clean-up, housekeeping, facilities, maintenance, etc.