Master’s Program Courses

  • Bible Department
    • 1. Biblical Studies

      1. BIBLICAL STUDIES

       

      BS 110 – BIBLICAL STUDIES

      Surveys the literature of the Old and New Testaments, with an emphasis on content. Pays attention to critical issues such as dating, authorship, audience, historical background, language, and theological themes.

       

      BS 150 – BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS

      Studies the history, methods, and principles of interpreting Scripture. This integrative course applies the principles of sound Biblical exegesis to the tasks of Christian preaching and teaching.

       

      BS 210 – APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

      Offers a detailed study of the books of Daniel and Revelation in the context of the times and literary forms that they represent. Pays attention to some non-canonical Jewish and Christian apocalypses.

       

      BS 310 – BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR CONTEXTUALIZATION

      Examines Biblical texts and models that provide insight as to how the Gospel may be transmitted in Asian and Pacific cultures, with guidance from missiological and other perspectives.

       

      BS 320 – BIBLICAL ETHICS

      Examines ethical and legal materials in the Bible in light of ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman cultural backgrounds. Explores ethical methodology, with special attention to applying the ethical teaching of the Bible to various contemporary political, social and theological issues.

      BS410-499 – DIRECTED / INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

      Students pursue detailed and intensive study on topics related to Biblical studies in consultation with a professor.

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    • 2. Old Testament

      2. OLD TESTAMENT

      For all of the following Old Testament subjects, both Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, or the equivalent, are required pre-requisites.

       

      OT 210 – PENTATEUCH

      Studies the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Gives attention to literary analysis, historical backgrounds, and main theological or religious concepts.

       

      OT 220 – DEUTERONOMISTIC HISTORY

      Examines the Deuteronomistic History in Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, and 1-2 Kings. Pays special attention to redactional theories and the theological categories of righteousness, sin, reward, and punishment.

       

      OT 230 – MAJOR PROPHETS

      Studies the time, character, and message of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Gives special attention to the nature and concerns of the prophetic movement in Israel.

       

      OT 240 – MINOR PROPHETS

      Studies the personalities, times, and messages of the twelve minor prophets. Gives special emphasis to social and individual morality as taught by these prophets.

       

      OT 250 – POETRY AND PSALMS

      Studies Hebrew poetry and the development of the Psalter, and exegetes selected Psalms. Attends to poetic devices and forms, especially considering how these contribute to developing Hebrew theology.

       

      OT 260 – WISDOM LITERATURE

      Studies Hebrew wisdom literature as presented in the books of Job and Proverbs. Attends to the philosophical and theological characteristics of Hebrew wisdom traditions, the external influences upon Hebrew wisdom, and the place of wisdom within the canon of the Old Testament.

       

      OT 270 – THE FIVE SCROLLS

      Examines the five Biblical books read at principal times in the Jewish liturgical calendar: Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations. Pays special attention to matters of literary form, historical setting, and theological contribution.

       

      OT 280 – SECOND TEMPLE JEWISH LITERATURE

      Studies the major canonical writings from the early Second Temple/Persian Period. The principal books under investigation will be 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Also pays some attention to Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and some deutero- and non-canonical writings from the Second Temple Period.

       

      OT 310 – OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

      Studies the major theological concepts of the Old Testament from the perspective of their ancient setting. Stresses the close relationship between the Old and New Testaments. (In addition to Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, the student should have taken at least one Old Testament exegesis subject before enrolling in this class.)

       

      OT 320 – BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF COVENANT

      Traces Israel’s covenant concept throughout the Old Testament. Gives attention to specific covenants, Israel’s breaking of them, and the hoped-for new covenant; uses a theological, exegetical, and historical approach.

      OT 410-499 – DIRECTED / INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN OLD TESTAMENT

      Students pursue detailed and intensive study on topics related to the Old Testament in consultation with a professor. (In addition to Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, the student should have taken at least one Old Testament exegesis subject before enrolling in this class.)

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    • 3. New Testament

      3. NEW TESTAMENT

      For all of the following New Testament subjects, Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, or the equivalent, are required pre-requisites.

       

      NT 216 – MARK AND MATTHEW

      Offers intensive study of Mark with attention to parallel accounts in Matthew, followed by the study of Matthew, giving special attention to the Sermon on the Mount. Notes such concepts as the Kingdom and the Messiah in light of their Jewish background.

       

      NT 217 – LUKE-ACTS

      Studies the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Gives special attention to the intended meaning of the text in its various original contexts.

       

      NT 221 – ROMANS

      Offers intensive exegetical study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, with special attention to the foundational theological insights of the letter.

       

      NT 234 – 1-2 CORINTHIANS

      Provides an exegetical study of 1-2 Corinthians. Gives attention to the problems and distinctive teachings of the epistles.

       

      NT 235 – PRISON EPISTLES

      Offers an exegetical study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, with particular attention to their Christological formulations. Addresses problems of authenticity.

       

      NT 236 – PASTORAL EPISTLES

      Offers an exegetical study of 1-2 Timothy and Titus, with special attention to the theological formulations of the letters.

       

      NT 241 – HEBREWS

      Provides an intensive study of the book of Hebrews. Examines the book’s relationship to the Old Testament, the priesthood and the sacrifice of Christ, and the concept of holiness.

       

      NT 265 – JOHANNINE LITERATURE

      Studies the content of Johannine thought. Focuses on exegetical and theological issues in the Gospel of John. Gives attention to the distinctive messages from the Johannine epistles.

       

      NT 275 – SHORTER CHURCH LETTERS

      Studies Galatians, 1-2 Thessalonians, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude. Notes differing points of view as well as the central emphases of each letter.

       

      NT 310 – NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

      Studies the theology of the New Testament. Gives special attention to methodology, the unity and diversity of New Testament theology, and the essential faith affirmations of the New Testament. (In addition to Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, the student should have taken at least one New Testament exegesis subject before enrolling in this class.)

       

      NT 312 – LEADERSHIP IN THE BOOK OF ACTS

      Studies Biblical patterns of ecclesiastical leadership in the book of Acts through the aid of social scientific criticism. Pays attention to matters of application in current practice.

      NT 410-499 – DIRECTED / INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NEW TESTAMENT

      Students pursue detailed and intensive study on topics related to the New Testament in consultation with a professor. (In addition to Biblical Studies and Biblical Hermeneutics, the student should have taken at least one Old Testament exegesis subject before enrolling in this class.)

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    • 4. Biblical Languages

      4. BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

       

      A. HEBREW

       

      HB 110 – BIBLICAL HEBREW I

      Gives the student a basic knowledge of the essential grammar of Biblical Hebrew, as well as an introduction to morphology and syntax. Emphasizes reading comprehension of both pointed and unpointed Biblical texts. (Students registering for this course should plan to continue with Biblical Hebrew II.)

       

      HB 120 – BIBLICAL HEBREW II

      Following Biblical Hebrew I, students continue to study grammar, morphology and syntax. Leads to translation of both pointed and unpointed Biblical texts. (Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew I or equivalent.)

       

      HB 130 – INTERMEDIATE HEBREW

      Explores more complex issues of Hebrew syntax and textual criticism. Develops the student’s skill in rapid reading of the language. Involves extensive translation of Biblical texts from various genres. Introduces translation of some deuterocanonical and non-Biblical texts. (Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew II or equivalent.)

       

      HB 210-299 – HEBREW EXEGETICAL COURSES

      Covers exegetical and translation issues in various Old Testament books. May fulfill Old Testament exegesis requirements for degree programs. (See corresponding Old Testament course numbers for more specific descriptions.) (Prerequisites: Biblical Studies, Biblical Hermeneutics, and Biblical Hebrew II or equivalent.)

       

      HB 310 – ADVANCED HEBREW

      Examines advanced Hebrew philology, comparative Semitics, textual transmission, and translation theory. Translates some non-Biblical texts. (Prerequisite: Intermediate Hebrew.)

      HB 410-499 – DIRECTED / INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HEBREW

      Students pursue detailed and intensive study on topics related to Hebrew in consultation with a professor. (Prerequisite: Intermediate Hebrew.)

       

      B. GREEK

       

      GK 110 – NEW TESTAMENT GREEK I

      Gives students basic knowledge of the essential vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek, as well as an introduction to morphology and syntax. (Students registering for this course should plan to continue with New Testament Greek II.)

       

      GK 120 – NEW TESTAMENT GREEK II

      The second of a two-subject series, continues to give the student basic knowledge of the essential vocabulary and grammar, as well as morphology and syntax, of New Testament Greek. (Prerequisite: New Testament Greek I or equivalent.)

       

      GK 130 – INTERMEDIATE GREEK

      Aids the more exact understanding and accurate exegesis of the text of the Greek New Testament. Focuses on developing the students’ understanding of Greek grammar and syntax through the practice of translation and exegesis. (Prerequisite: New Testament Greek II or equivalent.)

       

      GK 210-299 – GREEK EXEGETICAL COURSES

      Covers exegetical and translation issues in various New Testament books. (See corresponding New Testament course numbers for more specific description.) May fulfill New Testament exegesis requirements for degree programs. (Prerequisite: Biblical Studies, Biblical Hermeneutics, and New Testament Greek II or equivalent.)

       

      GK 310 – ADVANCED GREEK

      Examines advanced Greek syntax, the philology of ancient Greek languages, textual transmission, and translation theory. Translates some non-Biblical texts. (Prerequisite: Intermediate Greek.)

      GK 410-499 – DIRECTED / INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GREEK

      Students pursue detailed and intensive study on topics related to Greek in consultation with a professor. (Prerequisite: Intermediate Greek.)

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