This course introduces students to the basic elements of Greek language and grammar. Students learn to use tools designed to aid in the study of New Testament Greek texts. The course will also help students to discover basic exegetical insights by studying grammatical features, including an introduction to outlining a passage in Greek. (3-lecture units-course; 3 hours per week)
Students will learn the exegetical process, developing expertise in exegeting a text with a primary focus on writing an exegetical outline and isolating exegetical ideas that enable them to address their home context. Students will also learn to use Greek to relate to theological issues and concepts. (3-lecture units-course; 3 hours per week)
This course assists students in deepening their exegetical skills through a discussion of current issues in biblical interpretation. This course will cover additional issues related to genre, the relationship between the testaments, and how theology impacts exegesis. An emphasis will be placed on the "hermeneutical spiral" in biblical interpretation. (1.5-lecture units-course; 1.5 hours per week)
This course examines the cultural and historical backgrounds of both the Old and New Testaments. Old Testament backgrounds includes a study of the religion, literature, and culture of Israel as well as the nations around it in the ancient Near East. New Testament backgrounds examines Jewish and Greco-Roman religious beliefs and customs, folk belief, ethnic issues, the political situation and other cultural phenomena that form the background to the Gospels and early church. Through increased familiarity with the historical and cultural context of the biblical writings, students will improve their ability to interpret, apply, and contextualize the Bible in their own contexts. (1.5-lecture units-course; 1.5 hours per week)
This course broadens and deepens the students’ understanding of Israel and its bordering nations, examining the land’s geography and climate and how these factors affected its history. This course enables students to step into the world of the biblical writers and understand the particular lands in which God has chosen to work out His plan for mankind. (1.5-lecture units-course; 1.5 hours per week)
(Students required to take 3 credits of a class based on a book of the Bible. This could be one 3 credit class or two 1.5 credit classes)
This course takes students through a selected book in the Old or New Testament with the goal of exegeting and understanding the book in its historical, literary, and canonical context. Students will focus on an individual book with an emphasis on interpretation according to genre of the book as well as the cultural context. This course will also give attention to the application of the book to life and ministry contexts.