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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.

BIB 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 601

WVS 601 - Worldviews in the Biblical World 3 Credits

This course is designed to elucidate the worldviews that are behind and in the biblical text. The people of God in the Bible had to face the worldviews of their surrounding cultures. In addition, within the cultures of the Old Testament Israelites and the New Testament Christians, there were diverse worldviews. Some of them were commended but others were criticized by the biblical writers. By examining these worldviews, the students will gain insights with which they can discern the worldviews of the contemporary cultures and foster more adequate and authentic Christian worldview that is faithful to the Bible. For each term a particular Biblical text, such as the book of Exodus, will be selected in order to do in-depth study.

DMN 981-6 - Investigations 1 Credits

Investigate in greater depth the themes of the Mindset course - God and Theology, Leadership and Context, Mission and Community - along with topics relevant to your thesis project. You will work with your fellow students and faculty mentors through online problem-based learning throughout the semester.

HIS 541 - History of Christianity II 3 Credits

A continuation of HIS 540, this course examines issues and movements in the history of western Christianity from the Reformation to the present. To understand both the developments within the church, and the many relationships between Christianity and western culture, attention is given to theological developments, church-state issues, changes and continuities in Catholicism and Protestantism, the impact of nationalism and the Enlightenment, and the modern missionary movement.

CHP 640 - Ethics and Leadership Issues in Chaplaincy 3 Credits

An examination of issues of personal and professional ethics and leadership that arise in the context of professional chaplaincy ministry. Special attention is given to matters of accountability to clients and professional associations, and to appropriate personal conduct for a Christian chaplain whose moral decision-making should be guided by a biblical/Christian ethic. Students will exercise the process of strategic planning for the development of spiritual care programs. The course seeks to foster an effective connection between theory and praxis through lectures, case discussions, and shared reflections.

BNT 640 - Gospel of John 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

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 601

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 601

CHP 630 - Biblical and Theological Foundations of Chaplaincy 3 Credits

One of two foundational chaplaincy/spiritual care courses, designed to help students understand how the contemporary practice of chaplaincy integrates lessons from the human and behavioral sciences with the pastoral practice of chaplaincy as rooted in the disciplines of biblical and theological studies. Students will be challenged to consider how pastoral practice is responsibly informed by biblical, theological and traditional perspectives. Concepts of hope, community and compassion will be examined. Since the ministry of the professional chaplain occurs in pluralistic society, a course emphasis will be on how to carry an evangelical imperative in a public ministry context.

THS 571 - Theology I 3 Credits

This course introduces the student to church theology. It begins with a study of the nature and necessity of doing theology in the contemporary world, with primary attention given to the authority of God’s self-disclosure in Scripture, as well as discussions regarding hermeneutical issues. The course concludes with a consideration of the nature, ministry, and mission of the church in the world.

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.

BIB 505 - Biblical Interpretation 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.

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 692 - 1 - Exploring Septuagint Job 3 Credits

This course will examine the book of Job through the text of the Greek Old Testament (LXX). Special attention will be paid to the unique aspects of LXX Job in comparison to the Hebrew text.

BIB 540 - New Testament Foundations 3 Credits

This course provides an introductory survey to the New Testament and its social and canonical settings. It will engage in a study of the major themes and theological expressions of the New Testament documents in the context of their historical development, listening for both commonalities and distinctives in theological expression, with a concern for communicating their message to contemporary culture.

BIB 520 - Old Testament Foundations 3 Credits

This course will involve an introductory survey of the books of the Old Testament as part of a narrative theological investigation of this “first testament” for the Christian. It will include the study of key passages and theological themes, and practical experience in doing Old Testament theology.

BIB 692 - Special Topics: Exploring Septuagint Genesis 3 Credits

The Old Greek or Septuagint version of the Jewish Scriptures is the product of the work of Jewish scholars who, beginning in the third century BCE, undertook to translate the Hebrew Bible into what became the vernacular of the Mediterranean world and significant portions of West and Central Asia following the conquests of Alexander the Great. In this course, we shall explore the linguistic relationship between the Hebrew source text of Genesis and the Septuagint version as we seek to understand the meaning encoded in the translated text at its point of production, in distinction from the meanings that subsequent interpreters came to attribute to it. This will entail investigating the kinds of transformations that occurred in the translation process, examining the sorts of cultural and theological dynamics that were in play, and learning something about how Jews in the Hellenistic period interpreted their Scriptures. Consideration will also be given to the impact this Greek text had on the production of the New Testament.

BIB 520 - Old Testament Foundations 3 Credits

This course will involve an introductory survey of the books of the Old Testament as part of a narrative theological investigation of this “first testament” for the Christian. It will include the study of key passages and theological themes, and practical experience in doing Old Testament theology.

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.

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, first 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 889 - Interdisciplinary Research Seminar - Biblical Studies 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

WVS 540 - Christian Worldview and Biblical Spirituality 3 Credits

All aspects of Christian life should be guided and guarded by the Bible. Spirituality is not an exception, no matter how noble and lofty it may sound. This course attempts to articulate from the perspective of Christian worldview what authentic Christian spirituality entails. It also pursues a holistic and integrated understanding of Christian spirituality, with which one can discern contemporary popular spiritual manifestations especially within a Korean context. Various works on spiritual theology including the those of Eugene Peterson will be discussed during the course.