Pastoral Epistles – NBST 620

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An expository treatment of the epistles to Timothy and Titus, emphasizing the responsibilities of church leaders as stewards in God’s household. Attention is given to such introductory matters as date, authorship, occasion, and purpose.




The Pastoral Epistles contain valuable instruction pertaining to the doctrine of the church and discuss several practical matters relating to Gospel ministry. It is important that the student be aware of the key theological contributions of the Pastorals as well the debates surrounding their background and authorship.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major issues regarding the interpretation of the Pastoral Epistles.
  2. Articulate the major theological themes of the Pastoral Epistles.
  3. Discuss issues related to the difficult passages/ideas in the Pastoral Epistles.
  4. Describe the social, political, and religious context of the Pastoral Epistles.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Critique

The student will be required to write an 1,800–2,400-word book critique of Entrusted with the Gospel (Köstenberger and Wilder, eds.). The critique must include a brief summary (300–600 words) of the book’s content and offer an analysis of the main contribution(s), subject matter, strengths, and weaknesses of 2 chapters of the student’s choice.

Research Paper

The student will write a 3,000–4,500-word research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic related to the Pastoral Epistles. The paper must include at least 7 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will: be open-book/open-notes; contain 30 multiple-choice, multiple answer, true/false, and/or short answer questions; and have a 1-hour time limit.