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Bible Exposition

 

The purpose of the Department of Bible Exposition is to help students comprehend the Bible and to equip them for a lifetime of study, exposition, and application of the Scriptures. Courses help them develop skills in:

  • inductive Bible study,
  • applying principles of interpretation to the biblical text,
  • and relating Bible content to the problems of contemporary life.
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214-887-5090
Email
tsmilie@dts.edu
Location
Todd – 3rd Fl
Hours
8am–4:30pm
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BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
An introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation (hermeneutics), application, and correlation. Principles in these steps are applied to several biblical passages and books. Required prerequisite or corequisite to all Bible Exposition courses.
BE102 Old Testament History I
An exposition of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Judges with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. 3 hours.
BE103 OT History II & Poetry
An exposition of the historical books (1 Samuel through Esther), Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics.  Recommended Prerequisite: BE102 Old Testament History I. 2 hours.
BE104 OT Prophets
An exposition of the preexilic, exilic, and postexilic prophets (Isaiah through Malachi), excluding Jonah but including Lamentations, with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. Recommended Prerequisite: BE103 Old Testament History II and Poetry. 3 hours
BE105 The Gospels
An exposition of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Recommended Prerequisite: BE104 Old Testament Prophets. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. Recommended Prerequisite: BE104 Old Testament Prophets
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles
An exposition of Acts and 10 of the Pauline Epistles (all except Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians), with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics and BE105 The Gospels.
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation
An exposition of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude, and Revelation with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics.
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles
An exposition of Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and three of Paul’s epistles (Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians) that are not taught in the other required Bible courses, with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. This course is required for M.A. students and is an elective for Th.M. students. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. Recommended Prerequisites: BE102 Old Testament History I and BE104 Old Testament Prophets.
BE201 The Story of Scripture: Genesis to Revelation
An exposition of the biblical narrative of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation with emphasis on the relationships between the content of all sixty-six books of the Bible and the unity of what God is doing and saying throughout the entirety of canonical and biblical history.
BE210 Advanced Bible Study Methods
An advanced study of principles of Bible study emphasizing synthetic, historical, analytical, topical, theological, biographical, and devotional methods.
BE220 Advanced Hermeneutics
A detailed study of the principles of the literal-grammatical-historical system of biblical interpretation, with practice in using those principles in interpreting representative passages.
BE225 Interp Progressive Revelation
A study of the hermeneutical principles applicable to the prophetic and typological literature of the Bible. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
BE305 Physical and Historical Geography of Israel
A survey of the principal physical features of the land of Israel, and a review of the historical geography of Israel for all the important periods in the Old and New Testaments. Attention is given to the relationship between Israel’s geography and history. The course also incorporates a variety of the most recent visual resources.
BE315 Bible Manners and Customs
A study of the practices of everyday life in the ancient Near Eastern and first-century world that illumine and explain the Old and New Testaments. May also be credited in the Department of Old Testament Studies or the Department of New Testament Studies.
BE405 Exposition of Genesis
An expositional study of the Book of Genesis, with special attention to issues of literary narrative, setting in the ancient Near East, and grand themes of biblical theology.
BE412 Job and a Theology of Suffering
An expositional study of the Book of Job, giving attention to the nature of the book, its content, and its relevance to theology and attitude toward God during times of suffering.
BE415 The Book of Isaiah
An analytical study of the Book of Isaiah, with attention to historical setting, forms of prophetic speech, messianic and kingdom themes, and suggestions for expositional preaching.
BE430 Sermon on the Mount
A detailed study of Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6 in light of the argument of each book with attention to the hermeneutical system employed and the history of interpretation of the passages.
BE445 The Gospel of John
An analytical study of the Gospel of John with attention to John’s thematic presentation of the Son of God.
BE450 The Book of Hebrews
An analytical study of Hebrews with attention to the theme of Christ’s superiority and with application to the life of the believer in the new order.
BE455 Daniel & Revelation
An analytical study of Daniel and Revelation, with consideration of the many questions of interpretation and application in these important prophetic books.
BE503 Psalms and the Worship of God
An exposition of selected psalms, with an emphasis on the subject of the worship of God, providing an understanding of the past (Israel’s patterns) and ways of application in the present (the Christian church). May also be credited in the Department of Media Arts and Worship.
BE505 The Kingdom & Covenants
A thematic study of the unfolding of the theocratic kingdom program throughout the Scriptures, tracing its origin, historical development in various forms, and its ultimate consummation in the reign of Christ, together with a study of the biblical covenants in relation to the kingdom.
BE510 The Life of Christ on Earth
A thematic study of the earthly life of Christ, tracing in detail the movements of His presentation, authentication, opposition, and rejection.
BE515 The Parables of Christ
An analytical and expository study of the parables of Christ, with attention to the hermeneutics of parabolic literature in the Scriptures.
BE542 The Lord’s Supper
A biblical-theological study of themes related to the Lord’s supper and an exposition of major New Testament passages dealing with the Lord’s Supper. The course will review the contributions of the Levitical sacrifices, the Hallel Psalms, Isaiah’s Servant Songs, and New Covenant passages, as well as explore the contribution of cultural issues to the understanding of the Lord’s Supper.
BE545 Intro to Biblical Theology
An introduction to the discipline of biblical theology that includes study of its history, principles, and methods. Readings in significant authors will form the basis for class discussion.
BE547 A Biblical Theol of Suffering, Disability, and the Church
A study of the biblical meanings and purposes of suffering, with theological reflections and application to various aspects of suffering and disability-related ministries. The course includes a number of guest lecturers, including Joni Eareckson Tada. May also be credited in the Department of Biblical Counseling (See BC547).
BE555 Messianic Prophecy
A study of messianic prophecy in the Old Testament as it relates to Israel and the nations, showing its fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ. Emphasis is given to Jewish interpretation of prophetic passages as expressed in Jewish literature.
BE901 Indep Study in Bible Exposition
Independent research on a biblical subject not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours in any one subject of study. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor. 1–4 hours.
BE902 Bible Exposition Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisers. Students will have one calendar year to complete the thesis. If the thesis is not completed by the end of a year, students will be registered in BE903. Enrollment requires consent of the department. 2 or 3 hours.
BE903 B.E. Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Thesis continuation is permitted for a maximum of one additional semester (for a 2-hour thesis, including summer) or two additional semesters (for a 3-hour thesis, including summer).
BE905 Special Topics in B.E.
his course is designed for students who choose to participate in special conferences, training, or programs that are more formal in nature and require student participation other than a standard independent study. Approved special topics will provide expertise or training not specifically covered in the seminary curriculum. Credit is allowed proportionate to the required amount of work but is not to exceed 4 semester hours on any one topic. Enrollment requires consent of the department.
BE909 Field Study of the Bible
A historical-geographical study of biblical sites in the Mediterranean world during a field trip. One hour of credit is given for each week in the field up to 3 hours. May also be credited in the Department of Old Testament Studies or the Department of New Testament Studies.
BE1001 Argument of OT Books
An independent study in which the student prepares a detailed analytical outline of each of the Old Testament books, with a summary of the argument of each book and a brief survey of its historical setting.
BE1002 Argument of NT Books
An independent study in which the student prepares a detailed analytical outline of each of the New Testament books, with a summary of the argument of each book and a brief survey of its historical setting.
BE1008 Bible Exposition Dissertation
Independent research and writing of a dissertation on an approved topic pertaining to Bible Exposition studies, under the supervision of three faculty advisers.
BE1009 Bible Exposit Diss Continuation
The dissertation continuation course is required of all students writing a dissertation who are beyond one year in the dissertation process. Students must register for this course each fall and spring until completion of the dissertation.
BE2006 Sem in Torah & the Former Proph
A study of the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings with emphasis on historical, geographical, and archaeological issues, interpretive issues, and biblical theology issues including covenant and prophetic interpretations.
BE2011 Seminar in the Latter Prophets
A study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the twelve minor prophets with emphasis on historical and cultural setting, genre, the prophets’ use of the biblical covenants, and messianic prophecy.
BE2016 Seminar in the Writings
A study of the books of Psalms, the Wisdom books (Job and Proverbs), the Megilloth (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles with emphasis on historical and geographical settings, poetic traditions in the ancient Near East and use in the Hebrew Bible, genre and its relation to hermeneutical issues, and messianic prophecy.
BE2021 Seminar in the Gospel and Acts
A study of the four Gospels and Acts with emphasis on genre and selected biblical issues such as the kingdom, the gospel message, transitional issues, and eschatology.
BE2026 Seminar in the Pauline Epistles
A study of the books of Romans through Philemon with emphasis on historical backgrounds, the role of culture in interpretation, theological themes, and application.
BE2031 Seminar in General Epistles & Revelation
A study of the books of Hebrews through Revelation with emphasis on authorship, purpose, genre, interpretative problems, and prophecy.
BE9001 Teaching Bible Exposition
Students pursuing ministry in teaching Bible courses at the college or seminary level participate in an internship with department faculty, receiving instruction in all aspects of teaching Bible Exposition courses and teaching at least one session of a master’s-level course.
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