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BNT 501 – Introductory NT Greek I (3 Credits) 

The student is introduced to the basic features of New Testament Greek, including grammar, vocabulary, and oral reading. The result is the ability to read the simpler portions of the New Testament with the aid of a Greek Lexicon. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.)



BNT 502 – Introductory NT Greek II (3 Credits) 

The student continues in the basic features of NT Greek, with emphasis on some of the more complex aspects of Greek grammar. Vocabulary development and reading practice will be emphasized. As a result the student will gain proficiency in reading the Greek Testament and will be prepared for exegetical study. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.) Prerequisite: BNT 501 Introductory NT Greek I



BNT 555 – Exposition of Pauline Literature (3 Credits) 

The student will survey the content and unique emphases of the Pauline letters, study selected portions in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution of these letters to the totality of biblical truth. The derivation of Paul’s religious belief and the relationship of his thought to that of Jesus will be explored. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 571 – Exposition of General Epistles (3 Credits) 

The student will survey the content and unique emphases of each book, study selected portions in detail, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution of this section to the totality of biblical truth. Application of truth to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 581 – Exposition of Johannine Corpus (3 Credits) 

The student will survey the content and unique emphases of the Johannine Gospel, the Epistles and the Revelation, study selected portions in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution that these books make to the Bible’s total message. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 601 – NT Greek Exegesis I (3 Credits)

The student will develop exegetical method and skill in use of the Greek language. The course includes the study of syntax, an introduction to textual criticism, exposure to exegetical tools, and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: BNT 501, 502



BNT 602 – New Testament Greek Exegesis II: Galatians (3 Credits) 

The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 600 to a NT Epistle (Galatians) and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BNT 600.



BNT 605 – Readings in New Testament Greek (3 Credits) 

The focus of this course is on the enhancement of skills in translation and parsing and on the development of proficiency in syntactical and discourse analysis through the reading of selected texts in the Greek Bible. Prerequisite: BNT 601



BNT 632 – Exposition of Matthew (3 Credits)

An examination of Matthew’s message concerning the significance of Jesus Messiah and his new assembly. We must naturally come to terms with much of Jesus’ teaching in this exposition, but we will attempt to determine as well how Matthew understood the theological framework within which Jesus ministered. We will also pay attention to the many references to the Old Testament within this Gospel. By doing this, we seek to understand how Matthew’s articulation of Jesus as Messiah continues to have relevance for us in the twenty-first century.



BNT 634 – Exposition of Mark (3 Credits)

The student will study Mark’s Gospel in detail, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution. Old Testament linkages, the function of a Gospel, and literary issues will receive particular attention. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is required. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 637 – Parables of Jesus (3 Credits)

The parables are considered as they occur in the triple tradition, in two of the Gospels, and then those that are unique to a single Gospel. We will also inquire as to why John’s Gospel lacks parables, at least in the form we find them in the other three Gospels. The intent in all of this is to enable Christian leaders to appropriate the message of Jesus’ parables for themselves and to articulate it effectively to others.



BNT 640 – Exposition of John’s Gospel (3 Credits) 

The student will survey the content and unique emphases of John’s Gospel, studying it in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution that it makes to the Bible’s total message. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIB 505.



BNT 650 – Exposition of Acts (3 Credits)

This course will examine the singular place that Paul occupies for Luke in the earliest gospel witness throughout the Roman Empire. This expositional study will seek to demonstrate how close attention to the matter of available Jewish and Greco-Roman background material can illuminate the text, leading to more confident preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 652 – Exposition of Romans (3 Credits)

A close reading of one of Paul’s most extraordinary epistles, epitomizing the gospel he preached. The student will consider issues of text, genre and literary and ancient historical context in the process of exegetically laying out Paul’s Gospel and its implications for life and eternity. The purpose will be application in preaching and teaching to the modern context. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 653 – Corinthian Letters (3 Credits) 

Description forthcoming.



BNT 602 – New Testament Greek Exegesis II: Galatians (3 Credits) 

The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 600 to a NT Epistle (Galatians) and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BNT 600.



BNT 654 – Exposition of I Corinthians (3 Credits) 

The student will exegetically explore how Paul engaged the wide variety of troubles in this best-known NT church, so as to benefit contemporary congregations through preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 656 – Exposition of Galatians (3 Credits) 

An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Galatians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 657 – Exposition of Ephesians (3 Credits) 

An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Ephesians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 658 – Exposition of Philippians (3 Credits) 

Students will explore how the letter to the Philippians, written by an imprisoned apostle uncertain of his own physical survival to a beloved Christian community facing significant challenges of their own, could be such a bracing piece of Good News. Students will become exegetically familiar with the text in its literary and ancient historical context to be better able to preach and/or teach the call to stand fast, to contend for the faith, to run the race and work out one’s salvation in complete dependency upon God in contemporary settings. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BIB 659 – Exposition of Colossians (3 Credits) 

An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Colossians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 667 – Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles (3 Credits) 

The student will become exegetically familiar with the text of these letters in their literary and ancient historical context and explore their message so as to be better able to preach and/or teach the Pastoral epistle in the context of the contemporary church. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 670 – Exposition of Hebrews (3 Credits)

An overview of the book of Hebrews, including a careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 683 – Exposition of the Revelation (3 Credits) 

The course will apply exegetical and hermeneutical methodology to the exposition of Revelation within an understanding of the different hermeneutical perspectives regarding the book. Particular attention will be given in interpretation to the apocalyptic genre, the Old Testament background, and the first century context of Revelation. The significance of the themes included in the book will be explored in light of the contemporary situation. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BNT 691/92 – Special Topic (biblical studies) (3 Credits) 

Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of biblical studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to do critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline.



BNT 756 – New Testament Greek Exegesis II: Galatians (3 Credits) 

The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 601 to a NT Epistle (Galatians) and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BNT 601.



BNT 773 – New Testament Greek Exegesis II: 1 Peter (3 Credits) 

The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 601 to the Epistle of 1 Peter and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BNT 601.



BNT 870 – New Testament Seminar (3 Credits) 

Description forthcoming.