BIBL-Biblical Studies

BIBL-Biblical Studies

BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)

An introduction to the serious study of the Bible in its historical, cultural, and literary context. The course emphasizes the essential content, structure, and theological message of the books of the Bible. Students are introduced to the practice of biblical exegesis and to the geography and archaeology of the lands of the Bible. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites or Corequisites: HUMN1010, ENGL1030.

BIBL3094. Topics in Biblical Literature (1-3)

An examination of some phase of Old or New Testament studies not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100.

BIBL3110. Old Testament Interpretation (3)

A study of the history, methods, and principles of Old Testament interpretation designed for majors in the Departments of Philosophy and Religion and other interested students. Students will learn how to interpret different genre within the Old Testament and how to create sermon/devotional ideas from each. Other topics include the authority of the Old Testament and the relationship between the Testaments. Prerequisites: BIBL1100.

BIBL3120. New Testament Interpretation (2)

A study of the methods and principles of New Testament interpretation designed for majors in the Departments of Philosophy and Religion and other interested students. Part of the course will focus on practical application to selected New Testament passages. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3110, or instructor's approval.

BIBL3220. Psalms (3)

An exegetical and practical study of the book of Psalms. The course will include a discussion of the structure, formation and theology of the Psalms. Representative samples of each major type of Psalm will be studied. Part of the course will develop practical ways of using Psalms for personal spiritual formation. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100.

BIBL3230. Wisdom Literature (3)

An exegetical and practical study of the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. The course will include a discussion of the structure, formation and theology of the wisdom literature. Students will also be introduced to ancient wisdom literature from other cultures. Part of the course will develop practical ways of using the wisdom literature for personal spiritual formation. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100.

BIBL3260. Life and Teachings of Jesus (3)

A study of the life and ministry of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels with special attention to background, exegesis and theological interpretation. Personal and social implications leading to spiritual formation and social responsiveness will be emphasized. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100.

BIBL3270. Johannine Writings (3)

An inductive study of selected books traditionally included within the Johannine collection: the Gospel of John, the Johannine Letters, and the Book of Revelation. The course will focus on the development of exegetical skills and on the theology of these texts, with particular attention to the role of these texts in spiritual formation. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100.

BIBL4250. Parables of Jesus (2)

An exegetical study of the parables of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels, with some attention to their interpretation in the past and present. The course considers the meaning and significance of the parables in the contexts of the life and ministry of Jesus, the Gospels, and of contemporary Christians. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3120, THEO2100. Offered: Every third year.

BIBL4310. Luke and Acts (2)

An in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. The course will give specific attention to Luke's Gospel within the canonical context of the Synoptic Gospels, to Acts as it relates to the letters of the New Testament, to issues of continuity between Luke and Acts, and to the development of literary/narrative exegetical methods. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3120, THEO2100. Offered: Alternate years.

BIBL4330. Pauline Epistles (2)

An in-depth study of selected letters of Paul with the historical background provided by Acts. The course will emphasize the occasion, purpose and theological message of one or two different letters on a rotating basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3120, THEO2100. Offered: Alternate years.

BIBL4410. History of Ancient Israel (2)

An in-depth study of the history and archaeology of the Hebrew people beginning with formative principles in the Patriarchal period and ending with the Reconstruction period of Ezra. Israel's interrelations with other ancient Near Eastern nations will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3110, THEO2100. Offered: Alternate years.

BIBL4420. Hebrew Prophets (2)

An exegetical study of the prophets of the Old Testament. The course will include an overview of the history of the prophetic movement and the primary message of each writing prophet. One or two books will be studied in-depth as a foundation for sermon building. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, BIBL3110, THEO2100. Offered: Alternate years.