Theories and Methods in New Testament Scholarship

Spring 2018
T 1:30 - 3:20pm
Area I
MDIV Requirements: 
New Testament
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course, a required seminar for doctoral students in New Testament, is designed to prepare students to take a doctoral-level general examination in modern critical theories and methods in New Testament scholarship. Advanced Masters students who meet the prerequisites (below) may apply to take the course. Information on course admission will be given on the first day of class.

Background Expected: 

REL 500 series (or the equivalent); at least two NT exegesis courses at the Masters level.

Course Requirements: 

a. Classes will consist of student presentations on selected readings for the day (“Book reviews” and “Topic reports”) and discussions of the presentations and       readings. Attendance is required (except in the case of genuine emergencies, requiring notification of the Dean of Students/DGS).

b. Readings will include the three volumes of William Baird’s History of New Testament Research plus other secondary materials as listed on the syllabus and available on the course website at 

c. After the class sessions there will be a general examination based on the readings.

Basis of Evaluation: 

1.Preparation of weekly readings/assignments and active engagement in class discussions (20%)

2.Book reviews (20%)

3.Topic reports (20%)

4.General/Final exam (40%)

Note: Doctoral students will be graded for the course on the basis of their presentations and participation in discussions according to the grading system of the graduate school. Their exams, in accordance with tradition in the department of Religious Studies, will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Masters-level students will be graded on the basis of their presentations, participation in discussions, and the exam according to the grading system of the Yale Divinity School.