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Biblical Studies Concentration

Students in the Biblical Studies concentration will receive training from Southern’s elite faculty in both areas of New Testament and Old Testament studies. The curriculum is designed to equip graduates in both areas of scholarship. Students will be supervised by faculty in either Old Testament or New Testament based on their research interests. Students must decide on a specific area of research in either New Testament or Old Testament when they apply.


Students in this concentration can study with faculty in either the New Testament or Old Testament Departments.


Old Testament Faculty

Dr. T.J. Betts headshot

T. J. Betts

Research Interests:

  • Ancient Near East Backgrounds
  • Preaching the Old Testament
Dr. Duane Garrett headshot

Duane A. Garrett

Research Interests:

  • Old Testament Theology
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Genesis


Dr. James Hamilton headshot

James A. Hamilton

Research Interests:

  • Biblical Theology
  • Daniel
  • Psalms
  • Revelation
  • John

New Testament Faculty

William F. Cook III

Research Interests:

  • The Gospel of John
  • Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection
Dr. Jonathan Pennington headshot

Jonathan T. Pennington

Research Interests:

  • Matthew and the Gospels
  • History of Interpretation
Dr. Robert Plummer headshot

Robert L. Plummer

Research Interests:

  • Hermeneutics
  • Greek
Dr. Thomas Schreiner headshot

Thomas R. Schreiner

Research Interests:

  • New Testament Theology
  • Pauline Theology
Dr. Brian Vickers headshot

Brian J. Vickers

Research Interests:

  • Pauline Theology
  • Hermeneutics
Dr. Jarvis Williams headshot

Jarvis J. Williams

Research Interests:

  • Pauline Studies
  • Second Temple Literature

Students will take 8 seminars in Old and New Testament, 4 colloquia, 4 prospectus development courses, and 2 modern research languages.

82900 Old Testament Backgrounds

A doctoral level study of Old Testament backgrounds with a focus on the preparation of an academic paper.

82910 The Pentateuch

This course will study the theological, literary, historical, canonical, critical, and hermeneutical concerns of the Pentateuch. Special attention will be given to applying these areas to research pertaining to the Pentateuch.

82920 The Latter Prophets

This course will examine the latter Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve, in canonical and biblical theological contact. The focus of the course will be on the literary structure of these books of the Bible and the way they engage earlier Scripture and are engaged by later Scripture.

82930 Old Testament Theology

A doctoral level study of Old Testament theology with a focus on the preparation of an academic paper.

83900 New Testament Backgrounds

This seminar will study the rise and development of Second Temple Judaism and its influence on the New Testament. The seminar will broadly study the literature of the Second Temple period with emphasis on the movements, institutions, practices, teaching, and cultural distinctives pertinent to the interpretation of the New Testament.

83910 Gospels and Acts

This seminar will study the New Testament Gospels and Acts with emphasis given to their interpretation as historical, literary, and theological documents.

83920 Epistles and Revelation

This course will focus on the book of Revelation, including Greek grammar, literary analysis, technology, and history of interpretation.

83930 New Testament Theology

The course studies the method and content of New Testament theology.


Colloquium & Prospectus Development:

  • 83000 New Testament Colloquium (x2)
  • 82000 Old Testament Colloquium (x2)
  • 81220, 81221, 81222, 81223 Prospectus Development

Modern Research Languages

  • French
  • German



Please consult the study guide to prepare for the exam.