Biblical Studies (BS)


  
A. Biblical Studies Division
BS 610 Introduction to Bible Exposition (4 credits)
Develops the students’ competence in essential elements of exposition using English translations of the Bible including such areas as historical and cultural background, grammatical analysis, syntactical layout lexical and literary meaning, and theological studies. (Prerequisite: BS 510)
BS 611 Geography of Bible Lands (2 credits)
Broadens and deepens the students’ understanding of Israel and its bordering nations, examining the lands’ geography and climate and how these factors affected its history. This class enables students to step into the world of the biblical writers and understand the particular lands that God has chosen to work out His plan for mankind. (Prerequisite: BS 510)
B. Old Testament Studies Division
OT 410 Old Testament Overview (Non-Credit)
Introduces students to an overview of the Old Testament and its key themes in an interactive fashion.
OT 510 Introduction to Old Testament Narratives (4 credits)
Prepares students to interpret Old Testament narrative literature through the development of a methodology that includes historical (chronological, political, cultural, geographical settings), literary (genre, plot, character, canon, etc.), and theological analyses. The course also emphasizes the ability to move from interpretation to application. (Prerequisite: OT 410 and/or concurrent with LS 500)
OT 600 Elements of Biblical Hebrew (4 credits)
Examines the orthography, phonology, grammar, and basic syntax of biblical Hebrew using appropriate tools to aid in accurate interpretation of the Old Testament. This course enables students to preach and teach with greater authority as they wrestle with the biblical text in the original language before they communicate its message to others. (Prerequisite: BS 510)
OT 601 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis (4 credits)
Builds on the Elements of Biblical Hebrew class by deepening the students’ understanding of Old Testament Hebrew and introducing the tools and methods necessary for accurate Hebrew exegesis in preaching through the study of selected Old Testament passages. (Prerequisite: OT 600)
OT 602 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis for Advanced Studies (4 credits)
Builds on the Elements of Biblical Hebrew class by deepening the students’ understanding of Old Testament Hebrew and introducing the tools and methods necessary for accurate Hebrew exegesis in a teaching ministry through the study of selected Old Testament passages, thus preparing the students for further education in biblical Hebrew. (Prerequisite: OT 600)
OT 603 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis (4 credits)
Focuses on increasing the students’ skills in exegesis using the Hebrew language. (Prerequisite: OT 602)
OT 604 Building Old Testament Hebrew Fluency I (2 credits)
Strengthens the students’ linguistic skills in the study of Hebrew grammar and syntax. (Prerequisite: OT 603)
OT 605 Building Old Testament Hebrew Fluency II (2 credits)
Strengthens the students’ linguistic skills in the study of Hebrew grammar and syntax through the reading of selected portions of the Old Testament. (Prerequisite: OT 604)
OT 613 Introduction to Old Testament Poets and Prophets (4 credits)
Includes a literary, expositional, and theological study of Psalms within their cultural, historical, and canonical contexts, giving attention to critical problems and modern application. The course has a general introduction to the literary features and hermeneutical methods of OT poetic literature. It also examines the content of selected prophetic book(s) with a special emphasis on the development of proper methodology for interpreting prophetic material and addresses interpretive issues, including the source of meaning, the nature of the prophetic message, and the appropriateness of application. (Prerequisites: BS 510 and OT 510)
OT 614 Exposition of Old Testament Poets and Prophets (4 credits)
Builds on the foundation of Introduction to Old Testament Poets and Prophets by enhancing the students’ understanding of figures of speech, Hebrew parallelism, prophetic speech forms, and biblical eschatology (as it relates to the prophets). It also includes a section on the Intertestamental Period which serves as a bridge to New Testament studies. (Prerequisite: OT 613)
C. New Testament Studies Division
NT 510 Introduction to New Testament Narratives (4 credits)
Examines the content of the Gospel of Mark and the book of Acts with special emphasis on the development of a proper methodology for interpreting narrative material including source, form, redaction, and literary analysis, as well as the interpretation of story parables. Attention will be given to historical (i.e. chronological, political, cultural and geographical setting), literary, contextual, and theological analysis reflected in these books. The course also highlights the leadership/discipleship model of Jesus and spiritual movements in the book of Acts. (Prerequisite: BS 510)
NT 511 Introduction to New Testament Epistles (4 credits)
Covers selected epistolary material giving attention to historical, chronological, political, cultural, and geographical settings, as well as literary analysis. Special consideration will be given to selected interpretive issues, such as genre and sub-genre, and particular theological issues, utilizing various Bible study skills. (Prerequisite or concurrent with: BS 610 or NT 601 or NT 602)
NT 600 Elements of Biblical Greek (4 credits)
Equips the student with a basic grasp of New Testament Greek as a foundation for accurately interpreting the New Testament. Includes developing the student’s understanding of the essential elements of Koine Greek such as morphology, grammar, and syntax, as well as training the student to use appropriate resource tools to determine the meaning of the Greek text. Furthermore, it includes developing the student’s confidence in working with Greek words by being able to read, pronounce, and find words in alphabetical listings and in the biblical text. (Prerequisite: BS 510)
NT 601 Introduction to New Testament Greek Exegesis (4 credits)
Equips the student to accurately interpret the Greek New Testament. It aims to develop the student’s competence in essential elements of exegesis including such areas as background study, textual criticism, grammatical analysis, and lexical, literary, theological, and historical studies. A key objective of the class is to equip the student to determine the exegetical ideas of NT passages intended by the original authors. (Prerequisite: NT 600)
NT 602 Introduction to Greek Exegesis for Advanced Studies (4 credits)
This course is designed to equip students to accurately interpret the Greek New Testament and has the same aims as NT 601. However, this subject is more technical in nature and includes additional work in the areas of textual criticism, word studies, and grammatical analysis. It is for those who are considering majoring in Biblical Studies or have a strong interest in exegesis. (Prerequisite: NT 600)
NT 603 Advanced Greek Exegesis (4 credits)
Focuses on increasing the students’ skill in the exegetical method and the Greek language, emphasizing exegetical study of specific New Testament passages from the Greek text of 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. Attention will be focused on Greek grammar, textual criticism, grammatical analysis, literary analysis, and the entire validation process. (Prerequisite: NT 602)
NT 604 Building New Testament Greek Fluency I (2 credits)
Designed to develop students’ ability to read and effectively exegete the Greek New Testament. It aims to expand the students’ Greek vocabulary and expand their skills in translating, in analyzing syntax, and in determining the exegetical outline and idea of New Testament passages. (Prerequisite: NT 603)
NT 605 Building New Testament Greek Fluency II (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of the previous reading course NT 604. (Prerequisite: NT 604)
NT 611 Exposition of 2 Corinthians (4 credits)
This course is an exegetical study of 2 Corinthians in the setting of Paul’s ministry, the early church, first century C.E. Roman Corinth, and the first century C.E. Greco-Roman world. Aims to aid students in understanding 2 Corinthians in light of its epistolary genre, key sections, significant themes, important theological points, compositional structure, and key areas of background for exegesis and literary, historical and interpretative problems. The students will gain exposure to critical tools and viewpoints relevant to the exegesis of 2 Corinthians, will develop skills in interpreting New Testament epistles with 2 Corinthians as a test case, and will find applications to ministry, personal life and current situations and issues in the world particularly, Asia. (Prerequisite: NT 511)
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