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Biblical Studies (BIBL)
Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries

BIBL 1033   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. Class 3.

BIBL 1043   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. Class 3.

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 1033 and BIBL 1043.

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 1033 and BIBL 1043. (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 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3303   Poetical Books
A detailed study of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations 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 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3413   Pre-Exilic Prophets
A study of the major themes of the Pre-Exilic Prophets ( Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah) within their historical setting and literary context. Interpretation will be explored along with practical application. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3423   Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets
A study of the major themes of the Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets ( Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi) within their historical setting and literary context. Interpretation will be explored along with practical application. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3503   The Life And Teachings Of Christ
An exegetical and topical study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels of the New Testament. Consideration is given to the message of each Gospel within its socio-historical setting. Literary structure, hermeneutical considerations, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043. (Spring)

BIBL 3533   The Gospel & Epistles of John
This course is an exegetical study of Johannine Literature (the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John). Social and historical contexts of these documents will be examined. Special attention will be given to the Christian reading of these texts. Literary structure, hermeneutical considerations, theological message, and personal applications are included. Class 3.

BIBL 3553   Book Of Acts
A study of the Acts of the Apostles focusing on the content of Acts in light of its socio-historical settings. Special attention will be given to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, missionary journeys of Paul, genre considerations, missionary application, gospel expansion, and personal applications. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3603   Paul's Early Letters
An exegetical study of the teachings in Paulís Early Letters (Galatians, I & II Thessalonians, and I & II Corinthians) in their socio-historical settings. Literary structure, hermeneutical considerations, theological argumentation, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3613   Paul's Prison Letters
An exegetical study of the teachings in Paulís Prison Letters (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) in their socio-historical settings. Literary structure, hermeneutical considerations, theological argumentation, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3653   Romans
A exegetical study of the book of Romans in its socio-historical setting. Literary structure, analysis of theological argumentation, hermeneutical considerations, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3803   General Letters
A exegetical study of the teachings in the general letters (Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude) in their socio-historical setting. Literary structure, hermeneutical considerations, theological argumentation, and personal applications are included. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

BIBL 3853   Book Of Revelation
A study of the Revelation of John in its apocalyptic context, theological framework, and socio-historical setting. Different modes of interpretation, linguistic theme studies, and perspectives on millennial thinking will be presented along with personal application. Class 3. Prerequisites: BIBL 1033 and BIBL 1043.

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 1043 or approval of instructor.

BIBL 4413   Physical Settings Of The Bible
A travel abroad study tour to a country relevant for biblical study. Sites relevant to biblical events, biblical backgrounds, and early church history will be explored. Archaeological, historical, literary, and biblical materials are correlated with sites and features in each country and region visited. Class 3. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. (On Demand)

BIBL 4941-4994   Special Topics
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 1033 and BIBL 1043.