New Testament

The Ph.D. in New Testament provides the training ground for strengthening Greek, studying Johannine literature, or interacting with contemporary NT scholarship issues such as Paul’s view of justification.



Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests (in parentheses). Professors who can supervise students in this area are:
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Thomas R. Schreiner

Research Interests:

  • New Testament Theology
  • Pauline Theology

William F. Cook III

Research Interests:

  • The Gospel of John
  • Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection
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Jonathan T. Pennington

Research Interests:

  • Matthew and the Gospels
  • History of Interpretation
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Robert L. Plummer

Research Interests:

  • Hermeneutics
  • Greek
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Brian J. Vickers

Research Interests:

  • Pauline Theology
  • Hermeneutics
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Jarvis J. Williams

Research Interests:

  • Pauline Studies
  • Second Temple Literature

Seminars provide students the opportunity to engage in focused study on key subjects in their academic discipline.  The following are just a few of the courses available to New Testament students.


83540 Romans

The magisterial letter to the Romans has exercised great influence throughout church history over some of the greatest theologians. This course traces Paul’s argument in the epistle, examines central theological themes, and discusses the implications of the letter for today’s church.

83900 New Testament Backgrounds

This seminar is a study of the rise and development of Second Temple Judaism and its influence on the New Testament with emphasis on the movements, institutions, practices, teachings, and cultural distinctives pertinent to the interpretation of the New Testament.

83560 Hebrews

This course will consist of an exegesis of Hebrews and a study of recent literature related to the epistle.

If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process.

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