2009-10 Course Descriptions

   BIBL - Biblical Studies

College of Biblical Studies (CBS)
   

BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3-0-3), fall, spring. A survey of the four gospels. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation (3-0-3), fall, spring. Apostolic history in Acts and the Epistles. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 104 Life and Teachings of Jesus (Majors) (3-0-3), fall. Required in-depth study for Bible majors. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 105 Acts-Revelation (Majors) (3-0-3), spring. Required in-depth study for Bible majors. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. An overview of the Old Testament providing an outline of special themes and the overall purpose of the books. The basic message of the Old Testament as a whole, including content and theological themes, will be examined. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Examines some of the fundamental elements of Biblical theology and explores the basic principles of the Christian faith. Intended to promote the practice of theological reflection and investigate the relationship of basic Christian values with some of the realities of contemporary culture. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 (or 104), BIBL 102 (or 105), and BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements.

   

BIBL 355 The Gospel of Luke (3-0-3), fall. An intensive study of this gospel. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 359 The Gospel of John (3-0-3), on demand. A study of Christ as revealed by John in the fourth gospel. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 362 Prison Epistles (3-0-3), on demand. Exegesis of the epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 364 Pauline Mission and Message (3-0-3), spring. Surveys the life and writings of one of the most important and influential leaders of the early church. It explores the cultural context of Paul's work and writings as well as the concepts expressed in his letters.

   

BIBL 365 General Epistles (3-0-3), on demand. The epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 367 The Book of Acts (3-0-3), spring. The beginnings of the church, introduction, text and doctrines. The bearing of the book on present day problems. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 420 Introduction to Exegesis (3-0-3), fall, spring. Historical contexts of selected passages will be emphasized and attention given to the exegetical method. A writing-intensive course. For majors only. Prerequisites: BGRK 112.

   

BIBL 451 The Pentateuch (3-0-3), fall. An introduction to and exegesis of the first five books of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 452 Historical Books of the Old Testament (3-0-3), spring. History of Israel from the conquest to the close of the Old Testament period: Joshua-Esther. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 453 The Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (3-0-3), spring. An exegesis of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 454 The Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament (3-0-3), spring. Background and message of the prophetic books. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 458 The Synoptic Gospels (3-0-3), on demand. Matthew, Mark and Luke in the light of the Synoptic problem. Exegesis of selected passages. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 460 Galatians and Romans (3-0-3), on demand. An intensive exegesis study, emphasizing Pauline theology. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 461 The Corinthian Letters (3-0-3), fall. Historical, exegetical and practical study of these two significant letters. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 464 The Book of Hebrews (3-0-3), on demand. Exegetical and practical study. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 466 Book of Revelation (3-0-3), on demand. Includes a study of the fortunes of the church as set forth in the Revelation, with emphasis given to the continual struggle between righteousness and evil, with the final victory of the Christ and His church. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

   

BIBL 601 German for Theological Studies (3-0-3), spring, even years. Designed to give students an overview of German grammar and a basic vocabulary of about 2,000 words to help with research and prepare for a German reading exam.

   

BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament (3-0-3), fall. A general introduction to the Old Testament and a special introduction to each section and each book. Special attention will be given to revelation, inspiration, canonicity, manuscripts and versions. The authorship, date, background, interpretations and critical problems of each book are studied.

   

BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology (3-0-3), spring. A study of selected portions of the Old Testament to attempt to determine the major religious teachings of each portion.

   

BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament (3-0-3), spring. Special introduction to the books of the New Testament with special attention to critical problems.

   

BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (3-0-3), fall. Major doctrines of the New Testament presented systematically.

   

BIBL 627 Biblical Exegesis (3-0-3), on demand. Literary, historical and theological contexts of selected passages will be emphasized and attention given to exegetical methods.

   

BIBL 650 Women in the Old Testament (3-0-3), spring. A study of the lives and roles of women in the Old Testament with special attention to the context of patriarchy in the ancient Near East and the interpretation of these stories by female scholars. 

   

BIBL 651 The Pentateuch (3-0-3), on demand. An introduction to and exegesis of the first five books of the Old Testament.

   

BIBL 652 Historical Books of the Old Testament (3-0-3). The history of Israel from the conquest to the close of the Old Testatment period, Joshua-Esther.

   

BIBL 653 Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (3-0-3). An introduction to and exegesis of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

   

BIBL 654 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament (3-0-3). The background and message of the prophetic books.

   

BIBL 657 The Thessalonian Epistles (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 658 The Synoptic Gospels (3-0-3), spring. Matthew, Mark and Luke in the light of the synoptic problem. Exegesis of selected passages.

   

BIBL 659 The Gospel of John (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study of the fourth gospel.

   

BIBL 660 The Books of Galatians and Romans (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 661 The Corinthian Letters (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 662 Backgrounds of the New Testament and Early Christianity (3-0-3), spring. Political, philosophical, cultural and religious backgrounds of the early years of the Christian era and their influence upon Christianity.

   

BIBL 663 The Pastoral Epistles (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study of I and II Timothy and Titus.

   

BIBL 664 The Book of Hebrews (3-0-3), fall. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 665 The General Epistles (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude.

   

BIBL 666 The Book of Revelation (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 667 The Book of Acts (3-0-3), on demand. An exegetical study.

   

BIBL 682 Teaching Scripture in Contemporary Contexts (3-0-3), spring. An examination of the challenges of a teaching ministry in contemporary church settings, with a reconsideration of the literary, rhetorical, and theological dimensions of Scripture and how Scripture shapes the processes and contents of teaching. Significant attention is given to the effects of culture on a teaching ministry so that students may begin to develop more sophisticated curricular options for church education. Teaching methods also receive significant attention.

   

BIBL 684 New Testament Hermeneutics (3-0-3), on demand. History and principles of New Testament interpretation. Application to current issues.

   

BIBL 699 Master's Thesis (0-0-6).* May be repeated.

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