Course Descriptions

BIB 500. Introduction to Graduate Studies. 3 hours. F., Sp.

The student is introduced to graduate level education with "hands-on" experience in the use of library resources and tools needed for effective research and writing including proper documentation of research projects. The student must take this course in the first or second regular semester of his enrollment.

BIB 508. Intertestamental Period. 3 hours. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

This course seeks to present an introduction to the religious, social, economic, and political situation of the biblical world during the period 400 BC-100 BC.

BIB 509. Prophets I: PreExilic. 3 hours.

A study of 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.

BIB 510. Prophets II: Post-Exilic. 3 hours.

Studies in the text of the exilic and post-exilic prophets: Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The cultural and theological impact of the exile is emphasized, along with the historical and theological backgrounds of the prophets.

BIB 511. Seminar in Genesis. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

A preliminary to the Law of Moses, Genesis introduces the entire redemptive covenant message of Scripture. This Old Testament course probes the text and theology of this crucial book as foundational for understanding the life and thought of the ancient Hebrews.

BIB 514. Seminar in Job. 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

This Old Testament text study probes the historical significance and the practical relevance of the book of Job. Special emphasis is given to the sovereignty of God and to the problem of suffering.

BIB 515. The Synoptic Gospels. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

A systematic study of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In addition to exploring the purpose, life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus; attention will be given to source theories and authorship, issues related to similarities and discrepancies between the accounts, the unique purpose of each account, and application to the story of Jesus to the 21st century world and church.

BIB 516. Seminar In Gospel of John. 3 hours. F.

The major introductory questions to the Gospel of John will be discussed. The seminar will focus on an in-depth study of key passages. Applications for the twentieth century minister will be emphasized.

BIB 517. I-II Thessalonians and Philippians. 3 hours. Sp.

Study will be given to the background of the epistles and then verse-by-verse exegesis will be done with special attention to problems like the second coming of Christ.

BIB 518. I-II Peter and Jude. 3 hours. F.

Emphasis will be placed on the authorship and the background of the epistles and then a verse-by-verse exegesis will be done with attention to the "false teachers" and other such problems mentioned in the epistles.

BIB 519. The Corinthian Correspondence. 3 hours. F. 2018.

Study will be given to the background of the epistles and then a verse-by-verse exegesis will be done with special attention to problems like the Lord's Supper, the woman's veil, the resurrection, etc.

BIB 520. Life of Paul. 3 hours. Su. 2020.

The course will examine the life, thought, work and influence of Paul of Tarsus through a study of primary literature (his own letters) and secondary literature (letters about him; i.e., Acts of the Apostles). It will especially be concerned with placing Paul, the communities he addressed, and the literature by or related to him within their religious social-historical contexts in the Greco-Roman world.

BIB 521. Romans. 3 hours. Sp. 2018. Short Course.

Introductory matters, including questions of chronology, destination, audience, and occasion will be treated. The student will be led through an exegesis of selected passages, consideration of difficult texts, and attention to the teaching of the Gospel, salvation, and man's responsibility to God as presented in this epistle.

BIB 522. Seminar in Acts. 3 hours. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

An exegetical seminar in Acts of the Apostles. Students will be introduced to the major historical, literary, and theological issues related to the contemporary study of Acts. Students will research, write, and discuss exegetical projects applying contemporary scholarship in the interpretation of the text.

BIB 524. Revelation. 3 hours. F. 2020. Short Course.

A thorough study of the closing book of the New Testament. Special attention is given to the first-century background, to modern interpretive approaches, and to a careful reading of the book’s text.

BIB 525. Communication in Ministry. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

An examination of communication as it is employed in ministry. Attention will be given to interpersonal and group dynamics, written correspondence and publications, use of media, and use of technology in church settings.

BIB 526. Advanced Homiletics. 3 hours. Sp. 2018.

The preparation and presentation of topical, textual, and expository sermons in the context of local preaching. Training will include preparation for weddings, funerals, and speaking for special occasions.

BIB 527. Advanced Introduction to New Testament. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

The origin, background, authorship, and design of New Testament books with some attention to the synoptic problem and general introduction to the New Testament. If the student has passed BIB 420 at the undergraduate level, he will add one hour of Independent Study (in the area of New Testament introduction) and two more hours of electives.

BIB 528. New Testament World. 3 hours. Su. 2018.

The politics, society, culture, philosophies, and religions of the Greco-Roman world of the time of Christ. Backgrounds of early Christianity, its history and archeology from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. Same as BIB 452.

BIB 529. Expository Preaching. 3 hours. Sp. 2019.

Study is made of the expository method; emphasis is placed on preaching from the Bible text; opportunity is given for practice, evaluation, and correction. Same as BIB/COM 435.

BIB 530. Inductive Preaching. 3 hours. Su. Odd years.

A study of the structure and flow of inductive preaching. Attention will be given to developing and presenting lessons which lead audiences to discovery, including narrative, and other plot-oriented structures.

BIB 531. Elementary Greek I. 3 hours. F.

This course includes a study of forms, vocabulary, elementary syntax and it also includes reading/translation of some of the less difficult books of the New Testament.

BIB 532. Elementary Greek II. 3 hours. Sp.

A continuation of BIB 531. Prerequisite: BIB 531 Elementary Greek I.

BIB 533A. Greek Readings/John. 3 hours. F.

Readings in selected books of the New Testament (A=John; B=Paul). Different New Testament books will be rotated each semester so that the student may take the course a second time as an elective. Emphasis is on vocabulary and grammar and development of facility of reading. Prerequisite: BIB 531 and 532 Elementary Greek I and II.

BIB 533B. Greek Readings/Paul. 3 hours. F.

Readings in selected books of the New Testament (A=John; B=Paul). Different New Testament books will be rotated each semester so that the student may take the course a second time as an elective. Emphasis is on vocabulary and grammar and development of facility of reading. Prerequisite: BIB 531 and 532 Elementary Greek I and II.

BIB 534. Greek Exegesis. 3 hours. Sp.

Work on exegeting even more difficult passages of the New Testament by emphasis on history, methods, and tools of New Testament exegesis. Prerequisites: BIB 531 Elementary Greek I, BIB 532 Elementary Greek II, and BIB 533 Greek Readings.

BIB 535. Family Ministry. 3 hours. F.

The development of family enrichment programs with a view to ministering to the needs of each family. It will also teach the student how to get each family involved in the life and activity of the congregation.

BIB 536. Ministerial Counseling. 3 hours. Su.

Current theories and practices in counseling are needed by ministers and other church leaders. The church leader will gain a fundamental knowledge of general psychopathology, so as to know how and when to make a referral. Topics that have special application to a church setting will be pursued, e.g., basic counseling within the congregation, marital and family counseling (including abuse, infidelity, an divorce), counseling in the hospital, anger and conflict management, crisis counseling, the problem of suffering, spiritual disorders, and ethics. Same as COU 599F.

BIB 537. Advanced Introduction to Old Testament. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

The origins, authorship, outline, and religious values of Old Testament books are considered, with some attention given to general introduction of the Old Testament. A thorough study is made of critical problems concerning the Pentateuch, Isaiah, and Daniel.

BIB 541. Elementary Hebrew I. 3 hours. F. Odd years.

Essential principles of the Hebrew language and grammar, acquisition of vocabulary, use of parts of speech, and development of ability to read the narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Same as BIB 361.

BIB 542. Elementary Hebrew II. 3 hours. Sp. Even years.

A continuation of BIB 541. Prerequisite: BIB 541 Elementary Hebrew I. Same as BIB 362.

BIB 544. Hebrew Exegesis. 3 hours. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

Work on exegeting even more difficult passages of the Old Testament by emphasis on history, methods, and tools of Old Testament exegesis. Prerequisites: BIB 541 and 542 Elementary Hebrew I and II, and BIB 543 Hebrew Readings.

BIB 545. Christian Leadership. 3 hours. Su. 2018.

Leadership principles from the business world and from Scripture applied to the church, qualifications of effective spiritual leaders and methods of developing them, and consideration of the urgency of developing leaders.

BIB 546. Education Program of the Church. 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

Attention to the principles used to develop and strengthen the education program of the church. Goals, organization, curriculum, facilities, and teachers are major units of study that are included.

BIB 547. Missions and Church Growth. 3 hours. F. 2018.

The Biblical basis of missions, its practice in history, in Catholicism, in Protestantism, and in churches of Christ. The practical principles which need to be mastered to be effective in missions, and anthropological/cultural aspects of mission work.

BIB 548. Contextualization. 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

An examination of the critical issues involved in presenting and applying the Gospel in other cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be given to balancing faithfulness to the biblical text with meaningfulness within culture.

BIB 549. Encountering Islam. 3 hours. Sp. Offered on sufficient demand. Short Course.

The history of Islam, the Koran, basic Muslim doctrines compared and contrasted with Bible doctrine, and a study of evangelism among Muslims. Same as BIB 436.

BIB 550. Missionary Anthropology. 3 hours. Su. Even years.

An examination of basic anthropological insights with application to the missionary enterprise. Culture change and cross-cultural adaptation will be addressed, as well as world view, urbanization, modernization, and westernization of less developed cultures.

BIB 555. Contemporary Ethics. 3 hours. F. Even years.

A study of contemporary theories in philosophical ethics with an emphasis on Biblical applications to current problems in values.

BIB 565A. Internship. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

This course requires extensive time spent in practical "hands-on" work in a supervised program of some local church. The student may choose any internship for which the corresponding classroom course has already been completed. The particular church, program, and supervisor must be approved by the course instructor and the Director of the Graduate School of Theology. Approximately 40 hours of preparation, work, and evaluation, exclusive of travel, will be required for each hour of credit. Check with director for availability.

BIB 570. Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. Su. Even years. Short Course.

Study and evaluation of classical and contemporary arguments regarding such issues as the existence of God, the essence and attributes of God, the nature of religious faith and its relationship to reason, the use of religious language, and the relationship between divine sovereignty and free will. Focus will be on Western rational conceptions, but alternative approaches will also be studied.

BIB 571. History of Apologetics. 3 hours. Su.

This course includes a study of apologetics in the New Testament, and a survey of apologists and apologetic systems which will help the student to develop a foundation for contemporary Christian apologetics. Emphasis will be placed on reading key New Testament texts through the lens of an apologist with evangelistic concerns. Students will be exposed to the history of apologetics, not simply through an account of names and dates, but through a practical introduction to historic challenges to the Christian faith and a review of exemplary responses.

BIB 572. Deity of Christ. 3 hours. F. Even years.

This course begins by considering both Biblical and non-Biblical information supporting the historicity of Christ. It then explores the various claims made by Christ Himself concerning His deity and examines the Biblical testimony which supports these claims. Further evidence indicating that Jesus is the divine Son of God is also considered.

BIB 573. 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 575. Suffering and the Human Condition. 3 hours. F. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

Human suffering is one of the most difficult experiences to understand and endure. Those in counseling and ministry are frequently faced with the psychological and physical problems of human suffering. This course explores how we deal with concerns in our own lives and the lives of others. It combines both theory and practice in an examination of the various elements of suffering. This course is an attempt to find value in suffering from a Christian perspective and help formulate a "theology of suffering" from Scripture that will result in successful interventions of the sufferer.

BIB 576. Advanced Apologetics. 3 hours. Sp. Odd years.

Advanced apologetics: the study of evidences which prove the Christian faith is from God. Attention is given to systems of thought which oppose the Christian world view, and possible responses are considered. Classical and contemporary arguments for the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, and the deity of Christ are considered in detail.

BIB 577. Biblical Text Canon and Inspiration. 3 hours. Sp. 2019. Short Course.

A study of the nature and origin of the Biblical text (including a brief consideration of textual criticism), the definition and extent of the canon, and the definition and nature of inspiration.

BIB 578. Seminar in Epistemology. 3 hours. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

This course will focus on such important Biblical concepts as truth, faith, revelation, and knowledge which provide a context for evaluating theories of knowledge.

BIB 579. Values in Human Though & Action. 3 hours. Offered On Sufficient Demand.

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 student will confront in art, music, literature, economics, science, politics, and other related areas. Graduate students present and defend the results of their research on various assigned topics.

BIB 585. Thesis. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

The thesis for the Master of Arts in New Testament/Master of Divinity is written under the guidance of a faculty mentor and allows the student to do deeper research on a topic in his/her area of interest. The student is also examined on the topic by the committee which administers oral comprehensives.

BIB 590. Early Christian Theology. 3 hours. F. 2019.

A survey of Christian theology beginning with the Apostolic Fathers (roughly 100 C.E.) and ending with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 C.E. Attention will be given to fundamental developments in Christian self-definition, church organization, scriptural exposition and political engagement throughout the first five centuries of the Christian movement.

BIB 591. History of Reformation Movement. 3 hours. Su. Odd years.

The events, teachings, and leading figures of the Reformation Movement from its beginning to 1800. Particular attention is given to separation from Catholicism, the development of various denominations, and the rise of the restoration plea.

BIB 592. History of Restoration Movement. 3 hours. Sp. 2018.

The events, teachings, and leading figures of the Restoration Movement from its beginning until the present. Focus is made on the origins, geographical spread of the movement, and various departures.

BIB 593. History of the English Bible. 3 hours. Sp. 2020. Short Course.

A study of the history of the Bible's development with emphasis on its translation into the English language. Modern English translations will be surveyed and evaluated within the context of their stated goals and methodologies.

BIB 594. Systematic Theology I. 3 hours. Su.

An introduction to systematic theology, including its necessity, method, and nature. The nature of God, revelation, and humanity are studied with an emphasis on the Biblical foundation of each.

BIB 595. Systematic Theology II. 3 hours. F. 2018.

The nature of Christ, the church, salvation, and last things are studied with an emphasis on the Biblical foundations of each.

BIB 596. Hermeneutics. 3 hours. Sp. 2019.

This course studies the general principles requisite for proper Biblical interpretation. It also examines special principles necessary for properly interpreting different types of literary genre. Attention is given to examples of legitimate interpretation and opportunity is given for application of principles by students.

BIB 598. Independent Study. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.

The graduate student undertakes a research project of a practical nature under the direct supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. The number of hours credit will be determined by the length of the study and the extent of the student's involvement in the study.