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BOT 501 – Elementary Hebrew I (3 Credits)

This course constitutes the first half of an introduction to the elements of Hebrew grammar, with an emphasis on morphology, phonology, parsing, vocabulary building, reading, and translation of simple sentences. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.)



BOT 502 – Elementary Hebrew II (3 Credits)

This course constitutes the second half of an introduction to the elements of Hebrew grammar, and includes coverage of the remaining paradigms, development of parsing skills, and an introduction to the basics of syntax. By the end of the course, the student should be able to translate selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a lexicon and to parse regular verb forms. (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: BOT 501



BOT 505 – Hebrew Tools (3 Credits)

An introduction to the elements of Biblical Hebrew, with a study of the requirements for Hebrew exegesis, and reading through the Hebrew text of a short Old Testament book with exegetical exercises. The course uses technology in the form of biblical software to deal with vocabulary and morphology, two of the most challenging issues in learning ancient languages. This enables the student to give special attention to Hebrew grammar and syntax with a view to developing a systematic approach to exegetical studies for a life time of meaningful and productive ministry.



BOT 520 – Exposition of the Pentateuch (3 Credits) 

A survey of the Pentateuch and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the Pentateuch is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 530 – Exposition of Historical Literature (3 Credits) 

A survey of the historical books of the Old Testament (also known as the Former Prophets) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of these narrative texts is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 550 – Exposition of the Prophetical Literature (3 Credits) 

A survey of the Latter Prophets (often distinguished as “Major” and “Minor”) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 560 – Exposition of Minor Prophets (3 Credits) 

An overview of the so-called Book of the Twelve and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 601 – Old Testament Hebrew Exegesis (3 Credits) 

A careful analysis of selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with a view to developing both the student’s proficiency in working with the biblical text in its original language and an exegetical method for elucidating the original intended meaning. Key exegetical tools and interpretative strategies are introduced in order to equip the student for teaching or expository preaching. Prerequisite: BOT 502



BOT 602 – Hebrew Exegesis II (3 Credits)

The focus of this course is on the continuing development of the student’s competence in exegeting the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis is placed on enhancing both the knowledge base and the skills that are required to elucidate the original intended meaning of a biblical text in its original language, all with a view to preparing the student for teaching or expository preaching. Prerequisite: BOT 601



BOT 605 – Hebrew Readings (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 Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: BOT 502



BOT 621 – Exposition of Genesis (3 Credits)

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



BOT 622 – Exposition of Exodus (3 Credits)

An overview of the second book of the Bible and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this covenantally and vocationally significant book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 650 – Exposition of Job (3 Credits)

An overview of the book of Job and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this prime example of speculative wisdom is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 652 – Exposition of the Psalms (3 Credits) 

An overview of the Psalter and more detailed analysis of selected psalms. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this beloved anthology is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 655 – Exposition of Wisdom Literature (3 Credits) 

A survey of the Old Testament wisdom corpus and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of wisdom instruction is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505



BOT 670 – Exposition of Isaiah (3 Credits)

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



BOT 691/92 – Special Topic (Old Testament) (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



BOT 870 – Old Testament Seminar (3 Credits) 

Description forthcoming.