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Biblical Studies (BIBL)
Department of Biblical Studies

BIBL 1003   Biblical Foundations For Living
An introductory course highlighting the relationship between Biblical teaching and contemporary Christian living. This initial experience in the integration of faith and learning focuses on principles of Biblical interpretation and application. Students learn how to interpret core Biblical passages so as to give guidance for some of the tough issues Christians face today. This course may not be taken by anyone who has passed BIBL 1013 New Testament Literature. Class 3.

BIBL 2003   Biblical Literature
This survey provides an overall perspective for understanding the Bible within its historical and cultural setting. The course will focus on the reading of significant portions of the Bible so that students may grasp the framework and themes of the Old and New Testaments as well as the relationship between the Testaments. Throughout the course students will also develop skills in interpreting and applying the Bible to contemporary situations. This course may not be taken by anyone who has passed BIBL 1013 New Testament Literature or BIBL 2013 Old Testament Literature. Class 3. Prerequisite: BIBL 1003.

BIBL 3003   Old Testament Backgrounds
An orientation in the world of the Old Testament which surveys the social, economic, and political history of the ancient Near East with emphasis on its relation to the Old Testament. Integrated with this material will be geography, archaeology, and the study of institutions as these issues enlighten an understanding of the Old Testament. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring)

BIBL 3103   Pentateuch
A study of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books are treated as a foundation for the total Biblical revelation. The content of each book is studied with emphasis on the covenants, the historical background and cultural setting, and the practical applications of the Scriptural message to modern times. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Fall)

BIBL 3203   Historical Books
An historical, hermeneutical, and theological examination of the Historical Books of the Old Testament including the Former Prophets, (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings) as well as the post-exilic historical writings (the work of the Chronicler, Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther). Particular attention will be given to issues of Hebrew historiography, its development, and literary techniques. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring)

BIBL 3303   Poetical Books
A detailed study of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Included is a study of Hebrew poetical forms with special attention given to the wisdom, devotional, and Messianic elements of the Poetical Books. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Fall)

BIBL 3403   Prophets
A study of the major themes of the Prophets within their historical setting and literary context. Problems of interpretation will be explored along with practical applications. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring)

BIBL 3503   Life And Teachings Of Christ
A study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the Gospels of the New Testament. Consideration is given to the distinctive message of each Gospel within its own historical setting with emphasis on Luke's Gospel. Literary structure, principles of interpretation, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Fall)

BIBL 3553   Book Of Acts
A study of the Acts of the Apostles. Focus is upon the content of Acts within its historical setting in the first century. Special attention will be given to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, missionary methods, evangelism, and church expansion. Principles of interpretation and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring)

BIBL 3603   Paul's Letters
A study of the teaching of Paul's Letters within their historical setting in the early church. Principles of interpretation and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Fall)

BIBL 3653   Romans
A study of Romans developing the major doctrines within the overall argument of the letter. Principles of interpretation and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Fall)

BIBL 3803   General Letters
A study of Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude, with emphasis on the major doctrines of each letter. Principles of interpretation and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring, Odd years)

BIBL 3853   Book Of Revelation
A study of the Revelation to John focusing on its teaching about the coming of Christ and the establishing of His Kingdom. Also, the course will present the principles and different methods of interpreting the book along with personal applications. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003. (Spring, Even years)

BIBL 4103   Christian Doctrine I
A systematic study of the basic doctrines of Scripture, God, man, and sin. This course does not fulfill the Bible elective general education requirement. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003, BIBL 2003, one 3000 level Old Testament course, one 3000 level New Testament course, and permission of instructor. (Fall)

BIBL 4113   Christian Doctrine II
A systematic study of the basic doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. This course does not fulfill the Bible elective general education requirement. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003, BIBL 2003, one 3000 level Old Testament course, one 3000 level New Testament course, BIBL 4103, and permission of instructor. (Spring)

BIBL 4253   The Intertestamental Period
A study of Jewish history, literature, and theology during the Intertestamental Period. A general historical survey from the Persian to the Roman periods will be conducted with particular attention given to the role the post-exilic Jewish communities played within that history. A survey of the breadth of Jewish literature composed during this period will be conducted with particular attention given to the Apocrypha. The theological transformations of Judaism during this period will be explored. Special attention will be given to the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Selected ancient historians as well as biblical, apocryphal, and pseudepigraphical writings will be read. Class 3. Prerequisite: BIBL 2003 or approval of instructor. (Distance Learning)

BIBL 4414   Physical Settings Of The Bible
A study tour of the physical features of the land of the Bible, stressing the geographical factors affecting the settlement and communication in the various regions. Relevant archaeological, historical, and biblical material is correlated with sites and features in each region. Regions studied and visited include Jerusalem, Galilee, Golan, Shephelah, and the Negev desert regions. Class 4. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. (On Demand)

BIBL 4941-4994   Special Topics
Three credit hour courses to be utilized for seminars and special lectures in topics which are not offered on a regular basis. This course may be taken more than one time when the topics are different. Class 1-4. Prerequisites: BIBL 1003 and BIBL 2003.