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BOT 650 - Book 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 550 - OT Prophetic 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

CCM 661 - Church and World Mission 3 Credits

Biblical themes relating to the missionary concern of God will be examined. Additionally, focus will be placed on the manner by which healthy relationships between a sending church and various missionary contexts may be established and maintained.

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

LIN 650 - Survey of Linguistic Theories 3 Credits

An introduction to a wide range of linguistic theories. Students read and discuss original works written from various perspectives and gain in the process a clearer appreciation for the range of views that exist concerning the nature of human language and its syntactic, semantic, phonological, and discourse properties. Prerequisite: LIN 560, 586

CHP 650 - Pastoral Crisis Response 3 Credits

Learners will be equipped with an understanding of how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions can be effectively integrated. Students will be taught the components of Pastoral Crisis Intervention (PCI) using the combination of faith-based resources in concert with traditional techniques used in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). The perspective of the scriptures, faith and theology provide a powerful addition to the standardized CISM methods equipping the care giver for effective ministry.

CAP 650 - Historical Jesus and Postmodernism 3 Credits

An exploration of the evidence for the historical Jesus and his relationship to “the Christ of faith.” Areas of inquiry include key challenges to the quest for the historical Jesus, the reliability of the New Testament documents, the resurrection of Jesus, and strategies for making the case for the historical Jesus in a postmodern world. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560

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.

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. Prerequisite: BOT 501

BOT 520 - 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 - OT Historical Literature (Joshua/Judges) 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 560 - 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 622 - 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 655 - 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 601 - Hebrew Exegesis I 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 691 - 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 670 - 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 621 - 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 652 - 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 692 - OT Leadership and Spiritual Formation 3 Credits

The Old Testament themes of leadership and spiritual formation are expressed in and through the history, activities, beliefs and teachings of the first followers of God, from scattered individuals to a unified socio-political state. In terms of spiritual formation, this course explores the nature of personal “face to face” encounters/relationships with the divine. In terms of leadership, the life and leadership of various “unequaled” Old Testament leaders will be examined. Throughout the course, participants will explore specific theological and practical frameworks to evaluate their own spiritual health and ministry leadership. Cross-listed as CHM 692. Prerequisite: BIB 505

HIS 889 - Interdisciplinary Research Seminar - Church History 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