Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Greek New Testament
Academics and Faith
Develop the ability to consider the relationship between academics and faith through models of academically sound but also faithful scholarship. Seek a spiritually informed, lifelong pursuit of learning, scholarship, and service.
History and Culture of Ancient Near East
Learn and be able to interpret the significant events and developments in the history and cultures of the ancient Near East, including the history and culture of ancient Israel and surrounding civilizations, particularly during the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Christian eras.
Ancient Text Interpretation
Be able to translate and interpret major ancient Near Eastern texts, especially the Greek New Testament, and analyze those texts within the contexts of Second Temple Judaism, the Hellenistic World, and the Roman Empire. Acquire proper hermeneutical skills and practice sound exegesis as well as learn how to do modern readings, including readings from a Latter-day Saint perspective.
Acquire and demonstrate functional capacity in the languages and textual interpretation of the Greek New Testament, being able to read, translate, comprehend, analyze, and interpret these significant religious and historical texts with methodological soundness.
Develop the capacity for informed, independent, critical thinking, be able to perform appropriate library and online scholarly research, and use these skills in the professional study of the ancient Near East and early Christianity.
Be able to write cogent and substantial research papers on a university level that utilize theoretical and methodological approaches from the Social Sciences and Humanities that integrate historical and artifactual analysis with the translation, analysis and interpretation of ancient Near Eastern texts and topics.
Understand and comply with the ethical standards adhered to by professionals in the academic fields of textual analysis, archaeology, and historical research and encouraged to follow them.