Course Descriptions

Anthropology

ANT 351. Missionary Anthropology. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

An examination of basic anthropological insights applied to the misionary enterprise. Culture change and cross-cultural adaptation will be addressed, as well as world view, urbanization, modernization, and westernization of less developed cultures. Same as BIB 351 and BIB 550.

Biblical Languages

BIB 161. New Testament Greek I. 4 hours. F., Sp.

An introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. These courses focus on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both courses students should be prepared to read Johannine portions of the Greek New Testament.

BIB 162. New Testament Greek II. 4 hours. F., Sp.

An introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. These courses focus on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both courses students should be prepared to read Johannine portions of the Greek New Testament.

BIB 261. New Testament Greek Readings. 3 hours. F.

An emphasis on translating selected Greek New Testament passages. Attention is given to intermediate Greek grammar, vocabulary building, using the textual apparatus, and application of grammatical principles for interpretation. Prerequisites: BIB 161 and BIB 162 New Testament Greek I and II.

BIB 262. New Testament Greek Exegesis. 3 hours. Sp.

An emphasis on the translation and exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Attention is given to translation, advanced grammatical features, development of an exegetical method, and detailed exegesis of selected New Testament passages. Prerequisites: BIB 161 and BIB 162 New Testament Greek I and II and BIB 261 New Testament Greek Readings.

BIB 361. Elementary Hebrew I. 4 hours. F. Odd years.

An introduction to the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew. These courses focus on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both courses the students should be prepared to read the narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Same as BIB 541.

BIB 362. Elementary Hebrew II. 4 hours. Sp. Even years.

An introduction to the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew. These courses focus on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both courses the students should be prepared to read the narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Same as BIB 542.

Doctrinal

BIB 140. Introduction to Christianity. 2 hours. F., Sp.

An overview of God's plan for the church in the world. The exploration of the roots of New Testament Christianity in Judaism, with a focus on its planning, prophecy, beginning, development, and crystallization in various cultures. The Bible is used as the basis of discussion. (Text course)

BIB 241. Interpreting The Bible. (W) 3 hours. F.

The study of the principles and rules that make possible a correct interpretation of the Bible. Attention is given to examples of legitimate interpretation and opportunity is given for application of principles by students. This course includes a significant writing component.

BIB 340. Logic. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of introductory principles of correct thinking. Inductive and deductive methods of reasoning are studied and application is made to biblical text and religious problems. Same as PHI 340.

BIB 342. Denominational Doctrines. (W) 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

A study of denominational doctrines in light of biblical teaching. Emphasis is given to the identity, establishment, and organization of the Lord's church. The course is designed to help the bible student be more equipped to discuss biblical teachings with denominational members. This course contains a significant writing component.

BIB 343. Christian Worship. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

Examination of the theological and practical basis for the various avenues of worship. This course is designed for those who lead in worship and those who desire to gain more from worship. Prerequisite: Two Bible text courses.

BIB 344. Ethics. 3 hours. Sp.

A survey of biblical teaching concerning ethical conduct. Various systems of conduct which oppose biblical teaching are evaluated in light of the teachings of the Bible. Same as PHI 344.

BIB 345. Contemporary Concerns. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.

The application of biblical teaching to the developing questions, issues, trends, and concerns of modern culture. The course will focus on religious and philosophical concerns of the church that Jesus built. This course contains a significant writing component. Prerequisite: 8 hours of earned Bible credit.

BIB 346. Foundations of Faith. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

Foundational principles for the development of a personal faith. This course will challenge the student to engage the essentials of the Christian belief in God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ as they impact spiritual formation in our contemporary world.

BIB 347. Systematic Christian Doctrine. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

An introduction and overview of the methods, history, and nature of Christian doctrine. Attention will be given particularly to the nature of God, revelation, humanity, Christ, the church, salvation, and last things with emphasis on the biblical foundation for each of these theological categories.

BIB 443. Critical Thinking. 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

To enable ministerial students to think critically. The focus is on equipping students with the logical tools to help them to identify and evaluate evidence that leads to conclusions that are proposed as being true, to use these same tools to identify logical fallacies, to aid them in communicating their beliefs clearly and accurately through critical thinking, and to aid in decision making that will glorify God and promote His kingdom.

BIB 446. Christian Evidences. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.

An examination of evidences that prove the Christian faith is from God. Attention is given to systems of thought that oppose the Christian faith, and a response to each is offered. The arguments for the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus are considered in detail. This course contains a significant writing component.

History

BIB 150. Old Testament World. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

An introduction to the Old Testament. Attention is given to geography, peoples, customs, and culture. Background information and location is studied for all major Old Testament events.

BIB 250. Church History. 3 hours. F.

A survey of Christianity from the New Testament period to the present. Attention is given to individuals and movements that influenced the religious development of the period, epecially the various departures from the New Testament church, the attempts to reform Western Catholicism, the various attempts to unite the reformers, and the forms of Christianity in the modern age.

BIB 350. Restoration Theology. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of the principal ideals, doctrines, and religious practicesof the American Restoration Movement. Students will critically engage the philosophical and theological core of the movement, beginning with the writings of Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, and Walter Scott, and examine the factors that have affected the unity and diversity of the movement up to the present.

BIB 351. Missionary Anthropology. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

Survey of the cultures and civilizations of Bible lands. Archaeological discoveries and ancient literature will be used to supplement Biblical understanding as well as the cultural, social, and religious environment of the Bible. Same as ANT 351 and BIB 550.

BIB 353. Restoration Biography. 3 hours. Su. Odd years.

An exploration of leaders in the Restoration Movement, especially evangelists, educators, and writers. Analysis will distinguish between characteristics of the leaders, what they did, and the impact of their work.

BIB 452. New Testament World. (W) 3 hours. F. Even years.

Politics, society, culture, philosophies, and religions of the Greco-Roman world of the time of Christ. Attention is given to backgrounds of early Christianity, history and archeology from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. This course contains a significant writing component. Same as BIB 528.

Humanities Courses

BIB 495. Values in Human Thought and Action. 3 hours.

An exploration of value issues and opportunities for further learning in the liberal arts and sciences. This course will focus on Christian perspectives in value questions which the graduate will confront in art, music, literature, economics, science, politics, and other related areas. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Missions

BIB 200. Bible Basis of Missions. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A survey of Old Testament and New Testament texts revealing God's plan for world evangelism. Topics addressed include God, mankind, sin, Israel, the nations, Jesus, and the early church. The universal priesthood of believers and their responsibility in carrying out the Great Commission is also emphasized. (Text course)

BIB 232. Missionary Principles and Practices. 3 hours. F.

An overview of foundational teachings of missions. Attention is given to personal, spiritual, and cultural preparations and to concerns which are related to the work of the missionary, whether at home or abroad.

BIB 236. Intercultural Communication. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of the dynamics of communication across cultural boundaries. Special emphasis will be given to missiological applications. Topics to be considered will include: understanding culture, contextualization, preparing culturally appropriate lessons, effective use of translators, and principles for language learning. Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication. Same as COM 236.

BIB 239. Area Mission Studies/. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of the varied aspects of missions in one geographical area (continent). The area of focus will be the one in which the course teacher (usually the missionary-in-residence) has done mission work. Mission principles will be applied to this particular mission field.

BIB 300. Vocational Ministry. 3 hours. Sp.

An study of potential areas of service for non-church supported workers, both domestic and foreign. Fundamentals of church planting, church growth, church leadership, and various aspects of ministry (benevolence, evangelism, spiritual growth) will be examined. Ministry opportunities among various fields of employment in a wide range of geographical areas will also be provided.

BIB 332. History of Missions. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

A survey of mission efforts from the first-century church to the present. This survey will include the mission efforts of the early church as well as those of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. Special emphasis is given to mission efforts of churches of Christ since 1900.

BIB 338. Urban Church Growth. 3 hours. F. Even years.

A study of the complex structure of the large city and what it takes to plant or have a growing church there. It is designed to help preachers and mission students face an increasingly urban world.

BIB 339. Area Mission Studies/. 3 hours.

A study of the varied aspects of missions in one geographical area (continent). The area of focus will be the one in which the course teacher (usually the missionary-in-residence) has done mission work. Mission principles will be applied to this particular mission field.

BIB 432. Seminar in Missions. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

An overview of the methods used to plant and develop churches. This is a capstone course that builds on information presented in other missions courses. This course will help the student prepare specific plans and strategies for implementation on his/her chosen mission field. Principles of church growth, time-oriented goals, team dynamics, and planting indigenous churches will be some of the topics addressed. Prerequisites: BIB 200 Bible Basis of Missions and BIB 232 Missionary Principles and Practices.

BIB 436. Encountering Islam. 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

The history of Islam, the Koran, and basic Muslim doctrines. These teachings will be compared and contrasted with Bible doctrine. This is a study of evangelism among Muslims. Same as BIB 549.

BIB 439. Area Mission Studies/. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of the varied aspects of missions in one geographical area (continent). The area of focus will be the one in which the course teacher (usually the missionary-in-residence) has done mission work. Mission principles will be applied to this particular mission field.

BIB 445. World Religions. (W) 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

The study of world religions. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam. The origin, historical development, and major doctrines of each religion are studied. This course contains a significant writing component.

New Testament

BIB 120. Survey of the New Testament. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A survey of all of the books of the New Testament. The course introduces the student to the basic message of each book, their relation to each other, and their relations to the Bible and world history. (Text course)

BIB 121. The Life of Christ. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A thorough textual study of the life of Jesus the Christ. Emphasis is given to his virgin birth, his message and ministry, his crucifixion, his resurrection, and his ascension, all leading to a greater awareness of his greatness as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Moral, doctrinal, historical, and practical aspects of the life of Christ are also emphasized. (Text course)

BIB 122. Acts of Apostles. 2 hours. F., Sp.

The story of the early church in Acts. Attention is given to cases of conversion, the outstanding personalities in Acts, and the missionary journeys of Paul. This is the missions book of the New Testament. (Text course)

BIB 221. Ephesians Phil Colossians & Philemon. 2 hours. Su., F., Sp.

The Roman prison epistles of Paul. Study is made of the greatness of the church and the Christian life. (Text course)

BIB 222. Thessalonians Timothy and Titus. 2 hours. Su., F., Sp.

The ministry epistles of Paul. Attention is given to the second coming of Jesus in the Thessalonian letters and to the work of elders and evalgelists in Paul's personal letters to Timothy and Titus. (Text course)

BIB 320. I and II Corinthians. 2 hours. F., Sp.

An analysis of Paul's two letters to the Corinthians. Particular attention is given to the application of Christian principles to problems and conditions in the church at Corinth and to current challenges to Christian living. (Text course)

BIB 321. Romans and Galatians. 2 hours. F., Sp.

An examination of two of Paul's theological treatises. Attention is given to the major themes of the gospel message, salvation, and man's responsibility to God. (Text course)

BIB 322. Hebrews. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A survey of the life of faith. Attention is given in this book to the greatness of the Christ, the superiority of the gospel over the law, and the need to serve God faithfully. (Text course)

BIB 420. Critical Introduction to New Testament. (W) 3 hours. Sp.

The origin, background, authorship, and design of New Testament books. Attention is given to the synoptic problem and to general introduction of the New Testament. This course includes a significant writing component.

BIB 423. James Peter John and Jude. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A study of the books of James, I and II Peter, I, II, and III John, and Jude. Special attention is given to the purpose and content of each book. Moral and religious values of the books are stressed. (Text course)

BIB 424. Revelation. 2 hours. Su., F., Sp.

An in-depth study of the closing book of the New Testament. Attention is given to its background, various approaches to its interpretation, and a careful reading of the contents. (Text course)

Old Testament

BIB 110. Survey of the Old Testament. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A survey of all the books of the Old Testament. The course introduces the student to the basic message of each book, their relation to each other, and their relation to Bible and world history. (Text course)

BIB 111. Genesis. 2 hours. F., Sp.

A thorough textual study of "in the beginning." The course provides the early history of men and nations, including the establishment of the nation of Israel. Emphasis is given to God's creative power and providence in the life of his people. (Text course)

BIB 112. The Life of Moses. 2 hours. F., Sp.

The study of the books Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The course begins with the birth and call of Moses as God's lawgiver, including Israel's exodus from Egypt, the Ten Commandments, and the wilderness wanderings, concluding with the death of Moses on Mount Nebo. (Text course)

BIB 211. Joshua Judges Ruth. 2 hours. F. Even years.

The history of Israel from its entrance into Canaan until the time of Samuel. The books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth emphasize God's faithfulness despite Israel's repeated failures to maintain their covenant relationship with him. (Text course)

BIB 212. The Life of David. 2 hours. Sp.

Exploring the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. This course focuses on the kingship of David and its continuing significance. The reign of Saul provides introduction, and that of Solomon is conclusion; the greater stress is on David's remarkable career as Israel's most beloved king. (Text course)

BIB 213. Kings of Israel and Judah. 2 hours. F. Odd years.

A study of the books of Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. Beginning with the rebellion under Jeroboam, this course addresses the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the exilic and post-exilic periods. Outstanding characters include the prophets Elijah and Elisha, prominent righteous kings of Judah, and the leaders in post-exilic restoration, Ezra and Nehemiah. (Text course)

BIB 310. Prophets I. 2 hours. F. Even years.

Selections from the writings of the pre-exilic prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Jonah, and Nahum. Major prophetic themes are emphasized along with the study of the nature and work of the prophets. (Text course)

BIB 311. Prophets II. 2 hours. Sp. Odd years.

Selections from the writings of the exilic and post-exilic prophets: Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Major prophetic themes are emphasized along with the study of the life and the times of the prophets. (Text course)

BIB 410. Critical Introduction to Old Testament. (W) 3 hours. F.

The origin, authorship, outline, and religious values of Old Testament books. Thorough study is made of critical problems concerning the Pentateuch, Isaiah, and Daniel. Some attention is given to general introduction to the Old Testament. This course includes a significant writing component.

BIB 412. Psalms and Wisdom Literature. 2 hours. F., Sp.

Selected portions of the poetical literature of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the moral and religious values to be gained from the study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. (Text course)

Practical

BIB 130. Personal Evangelism. 3 hours. F.

Techniques of personal evangelism. Attention is given to preparation for campaigns as well as to personal evangelism in the local church.

BIB 230. Marriage and the Family. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

An introduction to the basic principles that are needed in creating a happy and successful marriage and family life. A biblical perspective is used to consider such topics as sex roles, dating, marriageability, mixed marriages, engagement, sex adjustment, in-law adjustment, financial adjustment, life insurance, divorce, reproduction, family planning, and child rearing. Same as FAM/SOC 230.

BIB 231. Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. 3 hours. F., Sp.

Introduction to principles and techniques of preparing and delivering sermons. Logical outlining and effective presentation of various types of sermons are emphasized. Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication. Same as COM 231.

BIB 233W. The Christian Woman. 3 hours. F., Sp.

A study of Old and New Testament women. It includes as well a study of the woman's role in the home, church, and society. (This course is for women only.)

BIB 235W. Message Design and Delivery for Women. 3 hours. Sp.

A course on the fundamental principles of Biblical lesson design and delivery for women within the context of Biblical authority. (This course is for women only.) Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication.

BIB 237. Fundamentals of Youth & Family Ministry. 3 hours. F., Sp.

An introduction to the role of the youth minister in the church, organization of the youth program, and activities designed for a youth group.

BIB 238. Biblical Research for Ministry. 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

An introduction to computer and internet resources. This course will allow the student to use scholarly tools with confidence. The class is primarily directed toward the Bible or Youth Ministry major who does not plan to take Greek or Hebrew and the application of these tools to ministry.

BIB 330. Preacher and His Work. 3 hours. F.

The life and work of the preacher. Particular attention is given to the preacher's individual improvement as a servant of Christ and improved service through preaching, teaching, visitation, and guidance.

BIB 331. Organization/Administration Bible School. 3 hours. Sp.

The principles and techniques used in organizing and administering the educational program of the local church. The relationship which should exist between the elders, preacher, educational director, and membership is considered along with some attention to curriculum building.

BIB 333W. Teaching the Bible to Children. 3 hours. F.

An exploration of teaching skills that conform to Scriptural educational principles. Instructional methods appropriate for teaching Bible stories and concepts to children, lesson planning, preparation, and evaluation will be studied. The student will be responsible for buying some supplies for this course. (This course is for women only.)

BIB 335. History of Preaching. 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

A study of the outstanding preachers in the history of Christianity. The course will consist of an examination of their lives, sermons, and methods of preparation, as well as delivery. Same as COM 335.

BIB 336. Electronic Media Evangelism. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

Explore the use of radio, television, and the Internet to teach the Word of God. Students will be trained in delivering sermons and devotional messages through these media outlets and will write and deliver several lessons during the course of the study. The class will include hands-on work in radio and television production studios. Same as COM 336.

BIB 337. Adolescent Spiritual Development. 3 hours. F.

A study of how to build a Bible curriculum for a church youth group and how to effectively counsel teenagers. Prerequisite: BIB 237 Fundamentals of Youth Ministry.

BIB 433. Personal Counseling. 3 hours. F., Sp.

The principles, techniques, and procedures for personal counseling. Relevant scriptural principles are utilized extensively.

BIB 434. Seminar for Bible Majors. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.

Study, in seminar form, of significant issues and problems of relevance to the Bible major. Content will vary with the group in the seminar. This course includes a significant writing element.

BIB 435. Expository Preaching. 3 hours. F. Even years.

An examination of the expository method. Emphasis is placed on preaching from the Bible text; opportunity is given for practice, evaluation, and correction. Prerequisites: BIB/COM 231 Preparation and Delivery of Sermons and BIB 330 Preacher and His Work; or permission of department chairman. Same as COM 435 and BIB 529.

BIB 437. Seminar In Youth and Family Ministry. 3 hours. Sp.

A study of the roles of the family, the church, and the youth minister in the lives of adolescents. The class builds the case for a family-based youth ministry model and gives practical tips on how to support families in a congregational setting. This course discusses the inner-workings of a congregation from the young and family minister's perspective. The class is also designed to prepare the student for graduation (including interview skills, resume preparation, leadership principles, etc.). Prerequites apply to Youth and Family Ministry Majors only: BIB 237 Fundamentals of Yough Ministry, BIB 296 or BIB 396 Youth Ministry Internship, and BIB 337 Adolescent Spiritual Development.

Topical Seminars

BIB 299C. Intertestamental Period. 3 hours. Su.

A background study of the New Testament. This course seeks to present the religious, social, economic, and political situation of the biblical world during the period 400 B.C. to A.D. 100.

BIB 299E. The Problem of Suffering. 3 hours. Su.

A study of the question, "Why?" Specifically, "Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering to occur?" Special attention is directed to (1) The atheist's attempt to disprove the existence of God on the basis of evil and pain, (2) Bible insights for believers, and (3) Suggestions for coping with suffering. Same as PHI 299A/399A.

BIB 299G. The Gospel According to John. 2 hours. Su.

A textual study of "the gospel of belief." The fourth gospel provides an additional portrait of the Christ as the Son of God. (Text course)

BIB 299L. Campaigns and Short Term Missions. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

An overview of short-term evangelism efforts. This is a missions course designed for those interested in less than two-year commitments to a field. Philosophy, methods, and strategies of short-term missions and gospel campaigns is evaluated. Attention is given to the cross-cultural teaching experience, integration of work with the local church, and basic church growth principles.

BIB 299S. Textual Studies in Final Things. 2 hours. Su.

A survey of the biblical texts relating to the Christian's hope. Millennial theories are considered with emphasis maintained upon the Bible's teaching concerning the second coming, judgement, and eternity. (Text course)

BIB 299T. Women in Missions. 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

The role of women in mission work. This course emphasizes their activities as teacher, personal worker, wife, and mother in the context of cross-cultural living and serving. Attention is also given to single women in the mission field. (This course is for women only).

BIB 299W. The Godhead. 3 hours. Su.

A study of the Biblical teachings of the Godhead. This course is also a critical examination of contemporary religious views.

BIB 299X. The Life of Paul. 3 hours. F., Sp.

Taught in International Study Abroad program only. A study of the figure of Paul in the New Testament--Apostle, Roman citizen, and missionary. Selected passages from Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters will be examined, along with background material relating to his apostleship to the Gentiles. (Text course)

BIB 399C. Intertestamental Period. 3 hours. Su.

A background study of the New Testament. This course seeks to present the religious, social, economic, and political situation of the biblical world during the period 400 B.C. to A.D. 100.

BIB 399E. The Problem of Suffering. 3 hours. Su.

A study of the question, "Why?" Specifically, "Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering to occur?" Special attention is directed to (1) The atheist's attempt to disprove the existence of God on the basis of evil and pain, (2) Bible insights for believers, and (3) Suggestions for coping with suffering. Same as PHI 299A/399A.

BIB 399G. The Gospel According to John. 2 hours. Su.

A textual study of "the gospel of belief." The fourth gospel provides an additional portrait of the Christ as the Son of God. (Text course)

BIB 399L. Campaigns and Short Term Missions. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

An overview of short-term evangelism efforts. This is a missions course designed for those interested in less than two-year commitments to a field. Philosophy, methods, and strategies of short-term missions and gospel campaigns is evaluated. Attention is given to the cross-cultural teaching experience, integration of work with the local church, and basic church growth principles.

BIB 399S. Textual Studies in Final Things. 2 hours. Su.

A survey of the biblical texts relating to the Christian's hope. Millennial theories are considered with emphasis maintained upon the Bible's teaching concerning the second coming, judgement, and eternity. (Text course)

BIB 399T. Women in Missions. 3 hours. On sufficient demand.

The role of women in mission work. This course emphasizes their activities as teacher, personal worker, wife, and mother in the context of cross-cultural living and serving. Attention is also given to single women in the mission field. (This course is for women only).

BIB 399W. The Godhead. 3 hours. Su.

A study of the Biblical teachings of the Godhead. This course is also a critical examination of contemporary religious views.

BIB 399X. The Life of Paul. 3 hours. F., Sp.

Taught in International Study Abroad program only. A study of the figure of Paul in the New Testament--Apostle, Roman citizen, and missionary. Selected passages from Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters will be examined, along with background material relating to his apostleship to the Gentiles. (Text course)