To treasure and promote the knowledge, understanding, and life-application of the New Testament and its message about Jesus Christ and His teachings. The department seeks to do this through teaching, preaching, lecturing, research, and writing. Its horizon includes biblical languages, interpretation, theology, backgrounds, archaeology, and the origins of the Christian movement.
Its primary goal is to help develop a more complete understanding and appreciation of Chrisitanity's primary documents--the original, handwritten Greek manuscripts of the New Testament copied over a 1200-year period. The Theological Seminary is a participant in the International Greek New Testament Project, an ongoing venture of American and European scholars seeking to create an exhaustive multi-volume refernce tool that documents every variant in all known, surviving Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. The GMR holds one of the largest collections of microfilmed Greek manuscripts in North America.