Courses | Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 101 with a grade of "C-" or better or equivalent.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 102 with a grade of "C-" or better or equivalent.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 201.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Advanced grammar and syntax with emphasis upon rapid reading as well as the development of exegetical skills.
Prerequisites: BLHE 102.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

General Bible Courses

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: Must be completed during the first year.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Grade Mode: A, C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Grade Mode: A, C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The Biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The Biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105, BBST 110.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits counted toward graduation with different content.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

Major Courses

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. Notes: May include abroad-study in lands of the biblical world.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254, BBST 301, BBST 311, BBST 312; and BLGR 102; or BLHE 101 and 102.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254, BBST 301, BBST 311, BBST 312; BLGR 102; or BLHE 101 and BLHE 102.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters.
Prerequisites: BBST 251, BBST 254.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

A historical survey of Church history from Pentecost to the present. Emphasis given to leading personalities and movements within the Church.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.


Concentrations

Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 101 with a grade of "C-" or better or equivalent.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 102 with a grade of "C-" or better or equivalent.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BLGR 201.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Core concentration courses:

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. Notes: May include abroad-study in lands of the biblical world.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254, BBST 301, BBST 311, BBST 312; and BLGR 102; or BLHE 101 and 102.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254, BBST 301, BBST 311, BBST 312; BLGR 102; or BLHE 101 and BLHE 102.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters.
Prerequisites: BBST 251, BBST 254.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

Elective concentration courses for seniors:

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. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. May not be substituted for either TTHT 505 or TTHT 506.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

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. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate, Talbot School of Theology; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students.
Prerequisites: TTPT 591.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate, Talbot School of Theology; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry, Women's Ministries) students.
Prerequisites: M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L.: TTBE 517, TTNT 503; M.A.: TTBE 517.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate, Talbot School of Theology; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

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. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries; Evangelism and Discipleship) students, and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students.
Prerequisites: TTPT 609.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level 1 Class, Graduate Level 2 Class, Graduate Level 3 Class, Graduate Level 4 Class, Junior Class, or Senior Class; Undergraduate, Talbot School of Theology; Undergraduate Level, Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

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.

General Biblical and Theological Studies