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Old Testament Biblical Theology

BibTh 103, 123 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to be an introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures, the first three-quarters of the Christian Bible. The emphasis will be placed upon understanding the text in its historical, cultural, and canonical contexts and its underlying theology. Matters such as setting, date, authorship, structure and content, as well as interpretive problems, will also be considered. But the emphasis will be on trying to discern the theological structure of the Old Testament. One of the major Jewish sequence of books will be followed, since this was probably the order of the oldest arrangement of the books, and formed the Bible of Jesus and the earliest church. This sequence begins with Genesis and ends with Chronicles. My intent for this course is to help you get an overview of a very different place and culture and time, and to help you use this context to understand the Old Testament Scriptures! So welcome to the journey, a journey like no other. It begins with God’s command to create light in Genesis 1 and it ends with his command to rebuild the temple in 2 Chronicles 36, and so to fill the world with the light of His presence.

Historical Theology

HTheo 203/223 3 Credit Hours

The course will survey major themes (doctrine, morals and practice) in historical theology as these matured, developed and erred, all with an eye to historical context and contemporary application, equipping students for further study and practical application. It will follow Allison’s Historical Theology, itself a complement to Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Like Allison the course will trace each subject following a topical-chronological approach that will move through the major eras of Church history: Apostolic (c. AD 30/33–99); Patristic [or Early Church] (c.100–500); Mediaeval (500–1500); Reformation (1500–1650); Post-Reformation (1650–1800) and Modern (1800–Present). All of this will be rooted in a firm awareness of what historical theology is.

There will be an emphasis on Western Christianity (i.e. .Catholicism and Protestantism), Evangelical, Reformed and Baptist theology in English contexts but not to the neglect (or in ignorance) of other traditions or cultures.

Christian Foundations

Found 103, 123 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to be an introduction to the language and systems of Christian theology in which ten areas of systematic theology will be surveyed. The importance of thinking biblically and theologically in all areas of life leading to a Christian worldview will be emphasized. To accomplish this, we will emphasize God’s unfolding plan of redemption in the Old and New Testaments, and the centrality of Jesus Christ as the one who holds the scriptures together and is the key to their interpretation.

New Testament Biblical Survey

BibSv 303/323 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students with the basic content of the New Testament. Most of the course will be devoted to an overview of each of the 27 books focusing on introductory matters, content analysis, and the unique contribution that each book makes to the canon.

Course Objectives
To understand the historical and cultural contexts of the NT.
To come to know the content of each NT book.
To grasp the basic theology of the NT.
To see how the NT brings God’s plan of redemption to fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Principles and Methods of Bible Study

BibSt 103/123 3 Credit Hours

The course presents an objective way of approaching Scripture that helps students set aside their own preconceived ideas and look carefully at what is being said. It considers different principles of interpretation and how they should be applied to different genres in the Bible. It is a foundation course that prepares students for the course in Biblical Hermeneutics. This course can be taken as a graduate course by doing extra reading and more comprehensive assignments.

Course Objectives
The course is intended to help the believer understand God’s Word better in order to be able to live an effective Christian life in obedience to that Word, applying its truth correctly to the circumstances of our time. The goal is to think biblically, speak biblically, and act biblically. To receive the maximum benefit from this course, you will need to pray, to regularly and diligently read the Scriptures, to approach God’s Word with humility and reverence, to be obedient to God’s commands, and to walk in fellowship with Jesus Christ and your fellow believers.

Academic Research & English Grammar and Writing

ResTh 123/ResAc 103 & EngGW 102NC

This course introduces undergraduate students to the fundamental principles and practices of academic research. We will examine the nature of critical inquiry and academic research and develop the skills and habits of thought necessary to plan, execute, and present an academic research paper. Research assignments, in-class exercises, work in the library, and the completion of a book review will help students to put their learning into practice. Class sessions will consist of short lectures, discussions, and exercises.

Pastoral Theology II

Past 403, 423 3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to discuss the running of a Baptist church. Beyond the theory and general principles, we will examine the “nuts and bolts” of leadership and responsibility within a local church. As far as possible we will try to anticipate the kind of meetings and situations that a pastor will encounter as he cares for the flock of God over which Jesus Christthe head of the churchhas made him a shepherd. In the final analysis, faithful leadership requires that we know what to do and how to do it.

Introduction to Cults

Cults 203, 223 3 Credit Hours

This course is intended to introduce and orient Christian believers to the field of apologetics especially in the context of cult evangelism. Apologetics is the “missing link” in the Christian witness. This course is designed to challenge critical thinking and provide scholarly handles from a Christian perspective to grapple with the rapid insurgence of nonChristian cults which threaten not only society but which also assail the Christian Church. Over 70% of those in the cults came out of a Christian background. The ultimate goal of this course is to acquaint students with the world of the cults and to equip them to defend the Christian faith and engage those involved in nonChristian cults. The outcome of the course is to accomplish two things, first that the student will be competently trained to boldly proclaim his/her faith, and secondly, that he/she will be able to effectively defend it. The Scriptural principle for this course is based on the great commandment to love God with one’s mind and thereby glorify God through the intellect as well.

Biblical Hermeneutics

Herm 103, 123 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to help students to interpret and apply the biblical text in a responsible and informed manner. This will be achieved through an understanding of methods, skills, research tools, important concepts, and values necessary for interpretation and application. A brief survey of biblical interpretation and the presuppositions behind different forms of biblical interpretation will also be considered. The acquisition of good interpretive skills will be enhanced through both individually written and in-class group assignments.

Hebrew Grammar

Heb 123, 223 3 Credit Hours
An elementary introduction to the Hebrew language leading to proficiency in reading and translating the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis).

Hebrew Syntax and Reading

Heb 323/423 3 Credit Hours

A course in rapid reading in different genres of Hebrew literature with full morphological review and further study of syntax. This course also includes an approach to the method of exegesis with special attention given to Hebrew poetry.

Greek Grammar

Grk 123, 223 3 Credit Hours

An introductory study of New Testament Greek grammar, forms and syntax. Readings are taken from the Greek New Testament.

Greek Syntax and Reading

Grk 323, 423 3 Credit Hours

Exegesis from the Greek text is the proper foundation for the proclamation of the New Testament message. Students who have completed preliminary studies in morphology and grammar will continue to sharpen and enlarge their exegetical skills in this course. Attention is given to applying the rules of grammar and syntax while recognizing the nuance of idioms and historical context as students examine a series of New Testament texts.

New Testament Exegesis I

Grk 523 3 Credit Hours

Exegesis from the Greek text is the proper foundation for the proclamation of the New Testament’s message. Students who have completed preliminary studies in the mechanics of Koine Greek will continue to sharpen and enlarge their exegetical skills in this course. Attention will be given to applying the rules of grammar and syntax while recognizing the nuance of idiom and historical context as students examine texts in the New Testament, especially Philippians.

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