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.
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.
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.
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.
An exposition of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application.
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.
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.
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 MA students and is an elective for ThM students.
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.
Advanced Bible Study Methods
An advanced study of principles of Bible study, emphasizing synthetic, historical, analytical, topical, theological, biographical, and devotional methods.
Literary Genre in the Scriptures
An examination of various genres represented in the Scriptures, including characteristics and implication for interpretation, application, and exposition.
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.
Interpreting Progressive Revelation
A study of the hermeneutical principles applicable to the prophetic and typological literature of the Bible.
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.
Bible Manners and Customs
A study of the social and cultural milieu of Israelite, Jewish, and Greco-Roman life in the Old and New Testament periods and its impact on the historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible. Attention is given to information and resources available in carrying out the historical and cultural part of the interpretive process.
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.
The Books of Samuel
A study of 1 and 2 Samuel, with emphasis on their historical setting, their purpose and structure, and the theological framework of the books.
The Wisdom Books
An expositional study of the Books of Job, selected Wisdom Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, with attention to the nature of wisdom literature and to the content, structure, and relevance of each of the books.
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.
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.
The Minor Prophets
A detailed study of the Minor Prophets, with attention to their messianic prophecies and the promises pertaining to the future of Israel as a nation.
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.
The Gospel of John
An analytical study of the Gospel of John, with attention to John’s thematic presentation of the Son of God.
The Upper Room Discourse
An analytical and expository study of Christ’s teaching in John 13–16.
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.
Daniel & Revelation
An analytical study of Daniel and Revelation, with consideration of the many questions of interpretation and application in these important prophetic books.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Transitional Problems in the Book of Acts
A study of the Book of Acts from the transitional viewpoint, with attention to the problems involved.
Discipleship in the Gospels
A study of Christ’s teachings on the demands and definitions of a biblical disciple within their various Gospel contexts, with attention to the dispensational aspects of pre-Cross settings.
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.
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.
A Biblical Theology 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.
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.
Independent 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.
Bible Exposition Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisors. 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.
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).
Special Topics in B.E.
This 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. 1–4 hours.
Field Study of the Bible
A historical-geographical study of biblical sites in Israel 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. 1–3 hours.
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. Enrollment requires consent of the professor.
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. Enrollment requires consent of the professor.
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 advisors.
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.
Seminar on Torah and the Former Prophets
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.
Seminar in the Latter Prophets
A study of the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the 12 minor prophets, with emphasis on historical and cultural setting, genre, the prophets’ use of the biblical covenants, and messianic prophecy.
Seminar in the Writings
A study of Psalms, the Wisdom books (Job and Proverbs), the Megilloth (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles, and Daniel, 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.
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.
Seminar in the Pauline Epistles
A study of Romans through Philemon, with emphasis on historical backgrounds, the role of culture in interpretation, theological themes, and application.
Seminar in General Epistles & Revelation
A study of Hebrews through Revelation, with emphasis on authorship, purpose, genre, interpretative problems, and prophecy.
Teaching Bible Exposition
A student internship, supervised by a departmental professor, in which the philosophy and practice of teaching and writing and the details of class preparation, examination, and grading are discussed. As part of the internship, students are expected to teach at least one session in an approved educational context under supervision of the professor. This course is intended to provide a mentoring relationship to help the student prepare for teaching Bible Exposition courses at the college or seminary level.
Independent Doctoral Study in Bible Exposition
Independent research on an approved topic within the scope of the department, with a thesis required. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours. 1–4 hours.