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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 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 654 - I & II Corintians 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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.