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Biblical Studies Course Units

General Biblical Studies

BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies

An introduction to the philosophical and theological presuppositions in biblical studies, designed to encourage the student to develop sound exegetical techniques through a judicious examination of various critical methods.

BS4130 The Story of God

This course unit is designed to introduce the grand narrative of scripture with its focus on the mission of God from creation to the new heaven and earth.

BS6301 Biblical Hermeneutics in Theological Perspective (20 credits)

The unit takes an overarching view of the history and philosophy behind biblical interpretation with particular attention to the relationship between bible and theology and questions of the adequacy of a variety of approaches to the text as Christian scripture.

BS6310 Studies in Biblical Backgrounds

Provides students with an opportunity for in-depth exploration into aspects of the historical, cultural, and religious contexts in which Scripture emerged.

BS6320 Studies in the Biblical World

Integrates previous learning about the Bible and its setting within the geographical as well as contemporary social and political contexts. The class, based in Israel, combines aspects of pilgrimage with guided learning and personal interaction with the peoples of the land.

BS6330 Apocalyptic Texts & Communities

The module is designed to help the student become familiar with the Books of Daniel and Revelation in the context of the early church and ancient apocalyptic by the use of the methods and results of modern, scholarly approaches to the book and, from that basis, to consider its relevance in the modern context.  It is designed to add to the content of the student’s knowledge, enhance the competency of the student in interpreting his or her context in a way that is consistent with the overall aims of the course. Although Christian character is not assessed, the module gives opportunity for its development.

Old Testament

OT5201 Law (The Pentateuch)

This course unit is designed to overview the content, structure and theology of the Pentateuch. The emphasis will be given to the major currents of contemporary study and exegesis of narratives within the Pentateuch, and to the cultural and historical background that informed the understanding of these narratives. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5202 Prophets

An inductive study of selected OT prophets as a means to understanding the role and message of the OT prophet in his own day, before moving on to consider any possible relevance to the long-term future. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom

An exploration of the ways in which the Hebrew Wisdom tradition attempts to address the problems of everyday life and of divine justice. It also looks at Hebrew poetry, especially in the book of Psalms. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5301 Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and word-formation. Prerequisite: BS4110.

OT5302 Hebrew Texts

Translation and exegesis of key Biblical texts of Hebrew poetry and narrative. Prerequisite: OT5301.

OT6300 Selected OT Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes from the Hebrew Bible.

OT6310 Selected Readings in Law & Narrative Materials (20 credits)

This course focuses on selected passages in the legal and narrative materials in Gen – 2 Kgs with attention to their historical and literary character and the ways in which these texts have been read through the ages and in today’s communities of scholarship and faith.

OT6320 Selected Readings in Prophetic Literature (20 credits)

This course focuses on selected passages in prophetic corpus with attention to their historical and literary character and the ways in which these texts have been read through the ages and in today’s communities of scholarship and faith.

OT6305 Selected Readings in Poetic & Wisdom Texts (20 credits)

This course focuses on selected passages in poetic and wisdom books with attention to their historical and literary character and the ways in which these texts have been read through the ages and in today’s communities of scholarship and faith.

Prerequisites: OT5203 or permission of the lecturer.

New Testament

NT4000 Jesus & the Gospels

A historical and interpretive overview of the four canonical gospels, with particular emphasis on Jesus’ life and teaching.

NT5003 Missional readings of Luke-Acts

The unit is designed to explore missional aspects of Luke-Acts in the light of modern historical and literary study. Attention will be directed specifically to the intersection of history, theology and mission in these documents. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT5005 Missional readings of the Gospel of John

The unit is designed to explore missional aspects of John’s Gospel, highlighting issues of interpretation and the history of scholarship with regard to this gospel.  Both the narrative structure and the distinctive theology of the Gospel of John will be examined in light of recent discussions as to its missionary purpose. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT5202 Paul & His Epistles

A consideration of the life of Paul in the light of modern historical study of the relevant ancient material and a survey of the contents of some of the Pauline epistles. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT5301 New Testament Greek

A study of NT Greek with the aim of enabling the student to read and study NT texts.

NT5302 Greek Texts

Translation and exegesis of selected NT Greek texts. Prerequisite: NT5301

NT6300 Selected NT Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes from the New Testament texts.

NT6303 Studies in Hebrews

A close exegetical study of the text as a basis for an informed appraisal of the distinctive theology of the writer to the Hebrews. Prerequisite: NT5201 or NT5202.

NT6304 Studies in Romans (20 credits)

A survey of the major tenets of Paul’s thought, with particular exegetical attention to Romans. Prerequisite: NT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6305 Studies in the Corinthian Correspondence (20 credits)

The unit examines the major tenets of Paul’s thought as contained in the Corinthian correspondence. Prerequisite: NT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6306 Studies in the Gospel of John (20 credits)

A study of the Fourth Gospel and related epistles in the light of historical and theological developments in the early church. Prerequisite: NT4000 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6307 Studies in Matthew/Mark (20 credits)

A study of the gospels as theological documents in the light of modern literary criticism. Prerequisite: NT4000 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6309 Studies in the General Epistles (20 credits)

The unit aims to examine aspects of the General Epistles (1 & 2 Peter, Jude, James and I, II, III John), and focuses especially on the theological contribution of these diverse epistles to the New Testament. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

 

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