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Enroll in Ashland Seminary's Graduate Diploma in New Testament and receive a Logos Gold Library and the Mobile Ed courseware at no extra cost*

Ashland Seminary is proud to partner with Faithlife, developers of Logos Bible Software, in the creation of a graduate diploma that can be pursued entirely from a distance and that uses the Logos Gold Library with its powerful Bible software as an integrated learning environment. The five courses that constitute this graduate diploma are true Masters-level courses offered by Ashland Seminary and can be used toward a Masters degree at Ashland. The courses will include real-time video conferencing sessions, presentations, group discussion, and written assignments and evaluations, and will take place within the normal parameters of Ashland’s academic calendar. These courses are enhanced with courseware developed by Mobile Ed, a new initiative from Faithlife centered around recording video courses prepared by acknowledged specialists in each course area Whether you are simply interested in deepening your knowledge of the New Testament, its world, and its skillful interpretation, or in getting a head start on a possible Masters program, this graduate diploma provides an excellent opportunity for you to move forward with internationally-renowned faculty and the most advanced Bible software and integrated research library program available.

Overview by David deSilva, Ph.D., Program Director


The GDNT consists of five (5) Masters-level courses: (1) Engaging Texts and Contexts; (2) New Testament Introduction; (3) Encountering Scripture Beyond Translations; (4) and (5) Two elective courses.

Course 1: Engaging Texts and Contexts

Ashland Seminary’s signature course on the theology of the Bible as Scripture and on basic approaches to interpretation. In the 2015-2016 academic year, this course is offered as part of the normal online course offerings of the seminary, led by Dr. Terence Mournet. Students will engage the material through lectures, online discussions, readings, and written work.

Course 2: New Testament Introduction

Provides a solid foundation in the content, contexts, and challenge of the New Testament texts as well as its interpretation. This course incorporates two Mobile Ed course modules – “Introducing the New Testament: Its Structure and Story” (NT 101) and “The Cultural World of the New Testament” (NT 201) – as well as readings, discussion groups, webinars, and written assessments. Dr. Russell Morton will facilitate students’ learning for this course.

Course 3: Encountering Scripture Beyond Translations

Designed principally to assist students of the Bible close the gap between the English translation and the meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek text. Students will be introduced to the various philosophies of Bible translation, the essential features of the Hebrew and Greek languages, and the tools and procedures for investigating the meaning of the biblical text behind the English translation. In the 2015-2016 academic year, this course occurs within the normal cycle of the seminary’s online offerings. Dr. David Baker and Dr. David deSilva will lead students toward attaining the learning outcomes through presentations, online discussion, webinars, readings, and written assessments.

Course 4 & 5: Electives

Students have opportunities to study particular topics of greater interest to them in greater depth. These are all taught using the Logos Bible Software and Library Package as an essential platform and venue for instruction and learning, also incorporating particular Mobile Education modules.

What are the electives?

  • Life and Literature Between the Testaments (with Dr. David deSilva), a course designed to fill in the historical, religious, and cultural gaps between the close of the Hebrew Bible and the emergence of the early church and its literature, incorporating Dr. deSilva’s Mobile Ed course “The Apocrypha” (BI291).
  • Romans (with Dr. Russell Morton), an in-depth exegetical study of Paul's cardinal epistle, incorporating Dr. Douglas Moo’s Mobile Ed course, “Paul’s Letter to the Romans” (NT331)
  • Gospel of Matthew (with Dr. Terence Mournet), an in-depth study of the Gospel incorporating Dr. Craig Evans’ Mobile Ed course, “The Gospel of Matthew in Its Jewish Context” (NT314)
  • Letter to the Hebrews (with Dr. David deSilva), a close exegetical study of the pastoral goals, rhetorical strategy, and theological contributions of an elegant, early Christian sermon, incorporating Dr. deSilva’s Mobile Ed course, “Exegetical Study: Letter to the Hebrews” (NT362).

Projected Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Engaging Texts and Contexts
  • Encountering Scripture Beyond Translations

Spring 2017

  • Life and Literature Between the Testaments (elective)

Fall 2017

  • New Testament Introduction
  • Engaging Texts and Contexts

Spring 2018

  • The Letter to the Hebrews (elective)
  • Encountering Scripture Beyond Translations

Spring 2018

  • The Gospel of Matthew (elective)
  • or
  • Life and Literature Between the Testaments (elective)

Program Includes

Participants of the program will receive a free Logos Gold Library (a $1,550 value) to use during the program and to keep upon completion of the program and free Mobile Ed course modules used as part of the courses taken.

Meet your faculty

David W. Baker, PhD

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David A. deSilva, Ph.D.

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Russell S. Morton, Th.D.

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Contact Us

For questions about the academic program and personal advising on how to complete it within the time frame that works best for you, contact the Program Director, Dr. David A. deSilva, at

*Students will be able to retain Library upon completion of the 5 courses in the program.