BIB | biblical studies
BIB 500 | Introduction to Biblical Studies (2 Credits)
An introduction to biblical studies in the seminary setting, designed to deepen the student’s overall understanding of the biblical literature and to provide an orientation to the disciplines of graduate-level biblical research. The course includes an overview of the documents of Christian Scripture, considering structure, content, major themes, literary forms, chronology, 1st century historical-cultural setting, composition, and canonical interrelationship. It also exposes the student to key issues and prominent schools of thought in biblical research, and seeks to enhance the student’s own competence in the skills of biblical study.
BIB 505 – Biblical Hermeneutics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the development of a systematic approach to the interpretation of Scripture. Although reference is made to various interpretative systems and strategies, special attention is given to the historical-grammatical method. The predominant literary genres of the Bible are examined and relevant principles of interpretation highlighted. Emphasis is placed on understanding the original, intended meaning of Scripture in its canonical context as the basis upon which to prepare expositions and make appropriate contemporary applications. Prerequisite: BIB 500 or equivalent.
BIB 620 – Old Testament Theology (3 Credits)
A survey of various approaches to Old Testament theological investigation, analysis of key passages and themes in the Hebrew Scriptures, and practical experience in doing Old Testament theology, all with a view to exploring the enduring significance of this “first testament.” Prerequisite: BIB 505
BIB 640 – New Testament Theology (3 Credits)
Various issues related to the nature of New Testament Theology are considered and concerns related to topical/thematic and author/strata approaches are discussed. The theologies of the NT documents and collections are explored in the context of their historical development for the themes, motifs and concepts that are their common and distinctive contribution to the theology of the NT. Prerequisite: BIB 505
BIB 660 – Exploring Septuagint Origins and Texts (3 Credits)
An introduction to the Old Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures. The course involves reading of selected Greek texts and English translations of the Septuagint as well as other sources that elucidate the history and influence of this important version of the Scriptures. Key issues and problems in the field of Septuagint studies will also be investigated. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 501
BIB 688 – Gender Roles in Christian Ministry (3 Credits)
A careful biblical and theological study of the contemporary gender roles issue, equipping students to draw their own informed, biblically-grounded conclusions on the roles of men and women in ministry. The course will also explore practical strategies to help the church leader guide his or her congregation through the issue in a constructive manner. A practical exercise in theological problem-solving designed to sharpen the student’s skills in biblical exegesis, theological reflection, and their application in ministry.
BIB 691 | Exegeting the LXX Psalms (3 Credits)
Septuagint Studies is a burgeoning field of research that has seen the recent publication of modern language translations, lexica, and monographs on a wide range of topics. A major project currently underway is the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS). The commentary is genetic, in the sense that it seeks to trace the translation process that resulted in the product, i.e., the so-called original text of the Old Greek. Students will be introduced to the foundational principles of the SBLCS project, and the methodological tools requisite to writing a philological commentary on the Greek text, with specific reference to the Old Greek Psalter.
BIE 760 – Septuagint Exegesis (3 Credits)
The student is introduced to essential principles and methodological considerations that interpreters of the Septuagint must take into account in order to exegete this translation responsibly and use it knowledgeably in other hermeneutical contexts. Selected portions of the Septuagint will be investigated in the light of these guidelines. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 610
BIB 761 – The Septuagint in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions (3 Credits)
A study of the reception history of the Septuagint in both Jewish and Christian canonical contexts, and in the works of early Jewish and Christian translators, revisors, and authors. The evidence for the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will be explored against the backdrop of this history, and selected texts will be studied. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 610
BIB 768 – Current Issues in Septuagint Studies (3 Credits)
Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused work in a specialized area of Septuagint studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to carry out critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline. BNT 601, BOT 610
BIB 889 – Interdisciplinary Research Seminary (3 Credits)
An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890.