Degree Program - Biblical Studies


Old Testament


3000-Q Introduction to the Old Testament:  An introductory overview of the Old Testament. The course examines the individual books of the Old Testament as well as such topics as people, lands, methodology, sources, composition, history, etc. Special attention is given to the Torah, and in particular, Genesis, as the foundation for understanding the remainder of the Old Testament. This course is a pre-requisite to all other Old Testament and Intertestamental courses.

3065-Q Prophecy in Ancient Israel:  A study of introductory issues related to the prophetic tradition as reflected in representative literature of the Old Testament. The course examines the relevant historical background, theological themes and contemporary relevance of selected Hebrew Prophets.

3070-Q: Reading Job:  A Study of the book of Job in English, focusing on its history of Interpretation by both scholars and artists. Particular attention will be given to the literary and theological nature of the work.

3090-Q: Directed Study and Research:  The student selects a topic in the field of Biblical Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.

3092-Q: Directed Study and Research:  The student selects a topic in the field of Biblical Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.


New Testament


3200-Q Introduction to the New Testament:  This course gives an introductory overview of the New Testament. Two primary aims are to introduce students to the material of the New Testament, from the historical context of the first century Eastern Mediterranean world to an examination of certain canonical books, and to give students a working knowledge of the critical methodology and tools necessary for responsible biblical research. This course is a pre-requisite to all other New Testament and Intertestamental courses except 3295/96-Q.

3210-Q The Passion Narratives:  An examination of the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts. The historical and critical method is employed with particular emphasis on redaction and source criticism, although text critical and form critical questions are also raised. The literary patterns and theological agendas of the Synoptic passion narratives (and to a lesser extent, the Johannine Passion Narrative) are examined through a close redactional analysis.

3212-Q Portraits of Jesus:  This course provides an introductory overview of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels. Particular emphasis is given to the Synoptic gospels.

3225-Q The Gospel of John:  An introductory overview of the Gospel of John, developed through a series of lectures and seminars. Having examined pertinent introductory issues, special emphasis is given to major topics such as Signs, Johannine-Synoptic Relationship, Role of Women, Faith, Christology, Duality, Symbolism, and Eschatology.

3255-Q Paul and His Writings:  An introduction to the Pauline corpus and Pauline thought. The course is designed to introduce students to pertinent socio-historical information concerning the first century eastern Mediterranean world, critical methodology, problems in Pauline scholarship and major issues and themes arising from each letter. Special attention is given to the ecclesiological and theological significance of Paul's letters for Christians and Christianity.

3285-Q Revealing Revelation: John's Apocalypse Then and Now:  This course offers an in-depth study of the Book of Revelation in its historical context. Particular attention will be given to exegesis and interpretation for the post-modern congregation. Other topics of interest will include the place of Revelation within the genre of apocalyptic literature, the effects of varying interpretations of Revelation on past and recent history, and a closer look at Revelation’s place in modern society and spirituality. The course will feature an online component created using iTunes U that could be used by students in conjunction with an iPad, iPhone or iPod device. Through the use of iTunes U, students will learn how to use and navigate current technologies. The iTunes U component is optional, and you do not need to own an iPad, iPod or iPhone to avail of the course material.

3290-/3292-Q: Directed Reading and Research: Portraits of Jesus:  Rebel or rabbi, mystic or messiah, son of God or pop culture icon. Who was Jesus and what (or how) does he mean today? There is perhaps no other figure that evokes such strong reactions of devotion, frustration, confusion and passion. Students will explore an introductory overview into the life and teaching of Jesus Christ as seen in the canonical gospels, church tradition, scholarly quests, and popular culture. The course will use email and other electronic and social media to engage students in a critical conversation with each other and the instructor on assigned readings. Students will also explore and critique contemporary voices in the study of Jesus through books, film and music. The course will culminate in a major research paper or creative project on a topic related to Jesus studies. History, faith and culture converge in an informed conversation on Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ.

3295-Q Introduction to Biblical Greek I:  An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek.

3296-Q Introduction to Biblical Greek II:   A continuation of New Testament Greek I (3295-Q) with readings of selected passages from the New Testament.

3298-Q:  M.T.S. Thesis:  Equivalent to five 3 credit hour courses for students enrolled in the M.T.S. Thesis Option, which may be apportioned over two or more semesters.




3305-Q Apocalyptic Literature:  A study of Biblical apocalyptic movements and literature from their origins in the sixth and fifth-centuries BCE down to their flowering in Hellenistic and Roman times. A variety of texts from both the Old and New Testaments are examined. Special attention is given to the traditions found in these texts, the origins of those traditions in biblical and extra-biblical sources, and the use of those traditions in the literature under study.

3310-Q Women in the Ancient World:  An examination of the lives and roles of women from Greek classical mythologies to the early Roman Empire. Special attention is given to women in the Old and New Testaments. Literary, epigraphical, artistic, historical, archeological and legal sources are analyzed to shed light on the private and public lives of women from all classes of society. (cross-listed with 3110-Q Church History) Prerequisite Biblical Studies 3000-Q and Biblical Studies 3200-Q

3315-Q Hermeneutics:  This course will offer a survey of the art of hermeneutics from the early church to the 21st century. It will also focus on current trends in postmodern hermeneutics, especially the contemporary challenge of discovering meaning in biblical texts.