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MTh in New Testament (MTh)

Online

1 year full-time/Over up to 4 years part-time

This programme is designed to enhance your exegetical and theological training by providing a rigorous grounding in all core aspects of New Testament Studies. It will enable you to build upon prior theological study through a programme focused on advanced engagement with the New Testament, particularly as competent and confident interpreters of Biblical texts for the contemporary context.

Applicants should normally have completed at least one full year of academic study of Koine Greek at the undergraduate level for entry into the MTh. For prospective applicants with a strong profile in Biblical Studies but less or no study of Greek, flexible accelerated provision prepares them for entry into the MTh programme. 

The BibleMesh virtual learning environment provides video lectures, discussion forums, quizzes for self–assessment, a digital copy of the textbook and extensive additional e–resources. You will also have access to the teaching of leading theologians such as Mark Strauss, Bruce Longenecker, Todd Still and Karen Jobes.

You will be able to benefit from the Cerego app, an online tool for your desktop, tablet or mobile device that builds on the latest in cognitive science to help you learn faster and remember longer.

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Programme Structure and Modules

This programme consists of 5 core modules and a dissertation (180 credits). The Diploma is available for those who complete the teaching modules without the dissertation.

Module 1

Synoptic Gospels & Acts - 30 credits 3-4 months

Videos by Mark Strauss and others will lead you through the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and Acts, incorporating exegesis of selected passages and topical study of key interpretative issues. Close reading of the primary and secondary texts in conversation with tutors and peers will prepare you for a seminar presentation and written exegetical work.

Module 2

Greek Texts - 30 credits 3-4 months

This module will build on your proficiency in reading ancient Koine Greek. You will develop and consolidate your skills and tools for textual criticism, translation, analysis and exegesis of Greek, using a range of resources including BibleArc. Through language seminars and written exegetical work, you will study several texts in original Greek, with selected passages chosen from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Apostolic Fathers or Hellenistic authors.

Module 3

Pauline Theology - 20 credits 3-4 months

Video lectures by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still will help equip you for academic study of Pauline Theology and for principled practical use of Paul’s letters in ministry. The course incorporates exegesis of a range of texts from Paul’s correspondence (incorporating Greek as appropriate), topical study of core aspects of Paul’s life, theology and mission and reflection on appropriate ministry outcomes. You will write four exegetical essays for this module. 

Module 4

New Testament Texts - 20 credits 3-4 months

This module gives you an opportunity to develop and enhance your existing exegetical and hermeneutical skills, through close engagement with selected New Testament texts representing different genres within the New Testament Canon. Video lectures by Karen Jobes will guide you through the General Epistles to explore various exegetical approaches in common use, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses while applying them to the selected texts. This module entails a written exegetical assignment and a methodological one.

Module 5

New Testament Theology - 20 credits 3-4 months

This module offers you an opportunity to develop an advanced appreciation of the theological richness of the NT canon. You’ll engage with major integrative accounts of New Testament Theology and evaluate the success of their methodologies in doing justice to “the one and the many”, within New Testament Theology, bearing in mind both the diversity of documents in the New Testament and the unity which together they form. This will prepare you for the written assignments on NT theology and inner–canonical themes.

Module 6

Capstone Dissertation - 60 credits 4-12 months

The feedback received on your written work will have helped you to nurture your critical research and writing skills in preparation for the 15,000–word capstone dissertation. In this thesis you will choose to specialise in an area of advanced New Testament studies and exercise your research skills and integrate your knowledge from the rest of the course to hone your scholarship.

Programme Fee

£5,945 (UK/ROI)

180 CATS points - £33.03 per CATS

Annual Registration - £185

£15,975 (International/EU)

180 CATS points - £88.75 per CATS

Annual registration - £185

Contact our partners at BibleMesh for scholarship information for this programme

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

Entry Requirements

Please check you meet all the entry requirements for this programme before you submit an application. For prospective applicants with a strong profile in Biblical Studies but less or no study of Greek, flexible accelerated provision prepares them for entry into the MTh programme.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Sample of academic work
  • Letter of intent
  • Two signed letters of reference in support of your application
  • Academic transcript(s) and a copy (or copies) of degree certificates
  • English language requirement certificate (if applicable)
  • A document to confirm your identity, name and date of birth
  • Application fee

MTh in New Testament (MTh)

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