New Testament and Early Christianity
The New Testament and Early Christianity specialization concentrates on the New Testament and closely related texts in their historical, cultural, and religious context. The interpretation of the texts involves the use of a variety of methods, both literary and historical. While studying the New Testament in its multifaceted reality, students explore the fascinating history and culture of contemporary Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds, the richness of the Jewish Scriptures, the challenging diversity of Intertestamental Judaism.
Since Fall 2010, the New Testament and Early Christianity specialization has entered into a scholarly agreement with the Sorbonne of Paris in its École Pratique des Hautes études (i.e., two sections: "Sciences Historiques et Philologiques," and "Sciences Religieuses") and with the University of Bologna in its PhD Program "Studi Religiosi: Scienze Sociali e Studi Storici delle Religioni." These prestigious relationships with two among the most ancient Universities of Europe allow for the exchange of faculty and students, and a new sharing of scholarship, networking and common endeavor.