Courses

The following documents list required courses for each program and a suggested course schedule.

Bible: 2015-2016 Catalog (PDF)
Bible: Preaching & Pastoral Ministry Concentration: 2015-2016 Catalog (PDF)


Summary

Note: Students may not be required to take all the courses listed below. See catalog for details.

General Education Requirements

The following are the general education requirements for biblical and theological studies majors (not those in the preaching and pastoral ministry concentration). For the student’s general education foreign language requirement, the student must choose 12 credits from either Greek or Hebrew.

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary.

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary. Translation of selected portions of the New Testament, with extensive translation of a selected New Testament book in the second semester.

A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament.

A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament.

Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts.

Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts.

Advanced grammar and syntax with emphasis upon rapid reading as well as the development of exegetical skills.

General Bible Requirements

All students must complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies including:

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living.

The Biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

The Biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

Study of the Book of Acts from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions.

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be "integrated" with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor.

Core Requirements

The following are the core requirements for biblical and theological studies majors (not those in the preaching and pastoral ministry concentration). Majors must complete the general Bible requirements (excluding the two electives) plus:

Research skills for use of the internet, library and reference works in biblical studies and theology. Methods of writing with emphasis on critical thinking, persuasion, and evaluation are covered, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation.

Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation.

Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and the present era. Theory is applied to texts with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method.

Focus on exploring the methodology of biblical theology, both deductively and inductively, with the goal of attaining an awareness of its central issues and a competence in the exegetical-theological skills it requires.

Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters.

A historical survey of Church history from Pentecost to the present. Emphasis given to leading personalities and movements within the Church.


Concentrations

Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

General Education Requirements

For the student’s general education foreign language requirement, the student must take 12 credits of Greek.

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary.

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary. Translation of selected portions of the New Testament, with extensive translation of a selected New Testament book in the second semester.

A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament.

A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament.

Concentration-Specific Requirements

Students enrolling in the preaching and pastoral ministry concentration will take the following core courses in place of the core requirements section listed above. All students in this concentration must complete the general Bible requirements listed above (excluding the two electives) plus:

Research skills for use of the internet, library and reference works in biblical studies and theology. Methods of writing with emphasis on critical thinking, persuasion, and evaluation are covered, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation.

Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation.

Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and the present era. Theory is applied to texts with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method.

Focus on exploring the methodology of biblical theology, both deductively and inductively, with the goal of attaining an awareness of its central issues and a competence in the exegetical-theological skills it requires.

Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters.

Graduate Coursework

Seniors in the preaching and pastoral ministry concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:

History of the church from the apostolic Fathers to the modern era with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Highlights key thinkers in the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras.

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text.

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the Epistles in the light of the historical framework of the book of Acts. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text.

Introduction into the practical elements of ministry. Emphasis will be placed on career planning, field experience and preparation for Field Education Internship in the M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. programs.

Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form.

The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs.

A study of factors leading to preaching effectiveness, including: creative preaching forms, speaker credibility, listener motivation, auditorium size and shape, filing systems and organizing the work week.

Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church.

A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Several personal assessments as well as one or more therapy sessions are an integral part of this course. Spiritual community and intercessory prayer will be experienced as students enter relationship within the spiritual direction group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.