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BNT 683 - Book of 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 659 - 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

MFT 683 - Family Life Cycle and Adult Development  3 Credits

This course focuses on cognitive, physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual development of the person throughout the lifespan, from birth to death. Students will examine central concepts related to parameters of human individual and social development – with a focus on the Family Life Cycle, from both a conceptual and personal perspective. Focus is also on clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, case management and therapeutic interventions as they relate to transitional crisis across the lifespan, appropriate to the cultural and developmental sensitivities of the client and the family.

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.

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. Prerequisite: BNT 501

BNT 637 - Parables of Jesus 3 Credits

Parables of Jesus

BNT 605 - Readings in NT 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 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 502

BNT 870 - New Testament Seminar 3 Credits

Participation in this seminar will enable the student to investigate how one might bridge the gaps that are evident between the text, the scholar, and the church. Some issues of intra-canonical interpretation will be explored. Selected texts from the New Testament will provide the basis for study. Prerequisite: BIB 600

BNT 756 - Greek Exegesis 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: BNT 502

BNT 691 - Special Topic - New Testament 3 Credits

Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of New Testament 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 667 - 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 658 - 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

BNT 670 - 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 657 - 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 571 - 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 654 - 1 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 652 - 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 652B - Romans 2 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 650 - 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 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

BNT 634 - Gospel 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 632 - Gospel 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. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BNT 602 - NT Greek Exegesis II 3 Credits

The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 600 to a NT Epistle and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BNT 601

BNT 654B - 1 Corinthians 2 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

DMN 961 - Mindset 3 Credits

On-campus mentored peer learning with ACTS faculty and fellow students. The three key themes of the DMin program - God and Theology, Leadership and Context, Mission and Community - are woven through the Mindset event and help structure the work you do throughout the year. (Note: Mindset I/II/III do not need to be taken in order)