Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Greek New Testament
Academics and Faith
Students are able to understand the relationship between academics and faith and are given models of academically sound but also faithful scholarshiop. They are encouraged to engage in a spiritually informed, lifelong pursuit of learning, scholarship, and service.
History and Culture of Ancient Near East
Students learn and are 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 surrounding civilizations, including in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Christian.
Ancient Text Interpretation
Students are be able to translate and interpret major ancient Near East texts, especially the Greek New Testament, and analyze them within the contexts of Second Temple Judaism, the Hellenistic World, and the Roman Empire. They also learn proper hermeneutical skills and how to practice sound exegesis as well as how to do modern readings, including readings from an LDS perspective.
Students acquire and demonstrate functional capacity in the languages and textual interpretation of the Greek New Testament, being able to read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret these significant religious and historical texts with methodological soundness.
Students develop the capacity for informed, independent, critical thinking and be able to perform appropriate library and online scholarly research and utilize these skills in the professional study of the ancient Near East and early Christianity.
Students are 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.
Student participants are taught the ethical standards adhered to by professionals in the academic fields of textual analysis, archaeology, and historical research and encouraged to follow them.