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Winter 2023 Courses – Semester starts January 9th

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J-Term – January 9th-13th

Making Sense of the Bible: The Importance of biblical-theological systems with their implications for current theological debates.

Apol 303, 323 3 Credit Hours

This is a vital topic given the rise of  authoritarian models of church government, the reappearance of “Christian Nationalism,” postmodern interpretations of the Christian faith, and ongoing debates between covenantal and dispensational theologies with their implications for Christian evangelism and mission. The purpose of this course is to drive Christians back to the Bible and its interpretative structure for biblical answers to these and other perennial theological questions.

Regular Semester – Begins January 16th

Old Testament Biblical Theology B

BibTh 203, 223 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to be an introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures, the first threequarters 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.

Church History B

CHist 203/223 3 Credit Hours

Systematic Theology IV

SysTh 403, 423 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to study what the scriptures teach about the church and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. These are critical areas of biblical truth that need to be properly understood if Christians are to serve God effectively in our generation. We will approach these topics both in terms of biblical and systematic theology paying close attention to the redemptive development of these themes as we move through the biblical canon to their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Missions II: Trends, Issues, and Approaches

Miss 503/523 3 Credit Hours

Course rationale: This course engages with the history of missions and a number of historical and contemporary trends, approaches and understandings of missions in a way that enables students to become aware of and think critically about some of the underlying presuppositions.

Course description: This is an ambitious course. We want to look at current mission terminology and different theologies of mission, in the process of which we will engage critically with some of the trends, issues and approaches to the churchs missionary mandate. We will look indepth at Missio Dei, the theology of mission which has swept the evangelical world. We then trace the history of missions. We also want to cover interreligious dialogue, a theology of persecution, and the question of future missionaries. And if there is any time left then well take a look at the history of missions in the Middle East.

Principles and Methods of Teaching

Teach 103/123 3 Credit Hours

In this course, we will examine the qualification and function of a teacher, the nature and needs of the student, the teaching-learning process, and the preparation and presentation of a lesson. Students are required to be involved in a teaching-learning ministry in a local church during this course.

The Book of Genesis

Gen 103/123

No book of the Bible is more formative for the biblical narrative than Genesis. Through it we are introduced to all the major themes and characters of the drama of redemption. It was important for the Israelites to understand their origins so that they would know who they really were and how they should live. What was true for them is equally true for us today.

The Book of Revelation

Rev 303, 323 3 Credit Hours

The book of Revelation brings the biblical canon to a close and therefore is as important to the Bible as a whole as the final chapter is to a book. Because God is the ultimate author of the book it draws on his previous revelation and prepares us for the return of Christ to come at the end of the age. Over the history of Christian interpretation, the book of Revelation has been interpreted many different ways. This is partially due to the literary nature of the book, but also to its majestic themes that call for an understanding of the rest of the Bible in order to make sense of what is being disclosed in this last revelation of Jesus Christ. Our objective in this course is to try and make sense of what is being said and to determine what John, the original author, and the Lord himself, who is the great author, is saying to us today. This will not be easy, nor will all our conclusions be final, but we will move forward as best we can, remembering that there is a blessing promised not only to those who read the book, but to those who obey what is disclosed therein.

Homiletics B

Hom 203/223 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to facilitate Biblically faithful and practically effective preparation and delivery of expository sermons through lecture, discussion, reading, and “practice” sermons. No course can make a preacher, but Homiletics is designed to hone the abilities of those who have been called and gifted by God to preach His Word.

New Testament Biblical Theology

BibTh 303, 323 3 Credit Hours

This course seeks to canvass the major events and motifs of the New Testament revelation from the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Topics include the Gospel infancy narratives, the ministry of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God according to the Synoptic Gospels, the Christology of the Gospels, the theology of Luke—Acts, and the theology of John. The first weeks of class will cover the scope, content and structure of New Testament theology. A combination of lectures, personal work, and readings is intended to guide you in understanding the NT content and theology. Class lectures focus on theological issues.

Please note this is not a New Testament survey class. Students are expected to be familiar with the biblical text, as well as with issues pertaining to authorship, background issues, critical issues, and the like.

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.

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