This is a comprehensive course which introduces students to the fundamentals of biblical Greek. The student will develop a functional corpus of Greek vocabulary; learn to pronounce, read and translate New Testament Greek; and become familiar with the basic forms of grammar and paradigms. The course deals primarily with introductory elements of Greek such as alphabet, pronunciation, and focuses on NT Greek nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. Verbs will be covered in Greek II and III.
The Hebrew prophets made a distinct and formative contribution to the life and thought of Israel and the Church. This course will examine the books known as the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
We will begin with a study of the origin and development of O.T. prophecy, the function of the prophet, the problem of true and false prophets, the language of prophecy, the prophetic canon and the interpretation of prophecy. Questions of date, authorship and critical problems of each book will be noted. An exegetical study of the book of Isaiah will examine its historical and contemporary applications, as well as serve as a model for interpreting other prophetic literature.
This course will examine the twelve books of the Old Testament known as the Minor Prophets. They comprise: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
The major areas of concern include: the origin and development of O.T. prophecy, the function of the prophet, the problem of true and false prophets, the language of prophecy, and the interpretation of prophecy. The study will also touch on the questions of date and authorship of the individual books. The content, the context, and the relevance of each book will be examined.
This course is a study of the problems in the Corinthian Church, Paul's responses and modern application. A method of interpretation will be developed which can be applied in interpreting other New Testament epistles. The course will begin with a study of the method of biblical exegesis. Then, after an introductory overview of the background, the major sections of 1 Corinthians will be examined each in turn.
This course is an analytical study of the Gospel of John. The background, the structure of the Gospel and the progressive development of its main themes are given special attention. The life, character, and ministry of Jesus are examined in their historical context and from a divine perspective as portrayed by John the Evangelist.
This course will include an interpretive study and diagramatic analysis of Paul's letters. The objective is to establish Paul’s teachings to the church. Special emphasis will be given to his letters to the Romans and Galatians, with investigative background material, key theological issues and matters pertaining to the life, character, and ministry of Paul. Application of the teachings of these books to contemporary problems will also be emphasized.
This course is a descriptive survey of the historical books of the Old Testament. The background, structure, content and theology of each book will be examined. Political, social and religious developments in Israel during the period covered by these books will be noted in order to understand Israel's distinctive religious development and the historical and theological background from which Christianity arose.
Biblical Hermeneutics is the science for discovering, establishing, and systematically setting forth the proper rules for the interpretation of Scripture. Thus, Hermeneutics is the science and art of Biblical interpretation. It provides the theories and rules which are to be applied to Scripture. The aim of this discipline is to lead interpreters to understand the message of a text as it was written to its first readers and then to relate that message cross-culturally to its 20th Century readers. Hermeneutics concerns itself with 3 major aspects: 1) historical and cultural background, 2) grammar, and 3) literary genre.