Course Descriptions – Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies

Biblical Backgrounds

BSCS 100 Bible Lands and Lifeways (3 hours)

A survey of environmental, cultural, and social issues which add perspective to biblical interpretation.

 

BSCS 380 Archaeological Fieldwork (1–3 hours)

Guided participation in the excavation and study of a near Eastern or Mediterranean site. Study to be arranged with specific faculty members with the approval of the Biblical Studies Chair and Academic Dean.

 

BSCS 381 Tours of Bible Lands (3 hours)

The experience of travel study seminars in Bible lands organized by specific faculty and scholarly guides.


Biblical Exegesis & Cultural Criticism

BSEG 100 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (3 hours)

An introduction to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation with dual focus on the Bible’s ancient formation and contemporary use.


BSEG 301 Theology of Work (3 hours)

A course designed to integrate theology and the practice of labor in society.


BSEG 480 Seminar on the Bible & Culture (3 hours)

This senior level course is the capstone course for CCU college level degree programs. The course challenges students to utilize their education thus far in the engagement and presentation of issues and questions related to the Christian experience in today’s culture. As a seminar course, the course is driven by student content and facilitated by the professor. (This course may be used for the Senior Thesis for those students pursuing the BA in Biblical Studies degree.)


Biblical Languages

BSGK 210 New Testament Greek 1 (3 hours)

Part one of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek (New Testament Greek), with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the New Testament.


BSGK 211 New Testament Greek 2 (3 hours)

Part two of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek (New Testament Greek), with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the New Testament.


BSGK 310–319 Greek Exegesis (3 hours)

A study of selected New Testament texts. Emphasis is placed on the process of translation and subsequent exegesis of the texts.


BSGK 311 Greek Exegesis: Matthew, Hebrews, & Septuagint

BSGK 312 Greek Exegesis: Pastoral and Prison Epistles

BSGK 313 Greek Exegesis: Mark, 1&2 Peter, Jude, 1&2 Thessalonians

BSGK 314 Greek Exegesis: Readings in Pauline Theology

BSGK 315 Greek Exegesis: Readings in New Testament Ethics

BSGK 319 Greek Exegesis: Selected New Testament Readings


BSHB 210 Biblical Hebrew 1 (3 hours)

Part one of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.


BSHB 211 Biblical Hebrew 2 (3 hours)

Part two of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.


BSHB 311–316 Advanced Hebrew (3 hours)

Selected readings designed to develop proficiency in reading and translating Biblical Hebrew. Readings will be selected from books and portions of the Hebrew text, including narrative and poetic materials.


BSHB 311 Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth and Esther

BSHB 313 Hebrew Exegesis: Selected Texts

BSHB 314 Hebrew Exegesis: Life of David

BSHB 315 Hebrew Exegesis: Elijah and Elisha


BSHB 316 Aramaic: Daniel

A study primarily of the Aramaic portion of Daniel, with a view toward its translation and exegesis.

 

 

Old Testament

BSOT 100: History & Literature of Israel (3 hours)

This course outlines the biblical history of Israel from creation to captivity, noting ways that the Old Testament both reflects and transcends the religious world of antiquity. Significant theological and literary themes, including the role and message of the prophets, the wisdom tradition, and the conflict between Israelite and pagan religions will be highlighted. Attention will be given throughout to the relevance of the Old Testament in understanding the message of the New Testament and contemporary Christian faith.

 

 

BSOT 250 Old Testament History (3 hours)

A study of the history of Israel from Abraham through the Babylonian Captivity to the time of restoration under Ezra and Nehemiah. (Prerequisite: BSOT 100 History & Literature of Israel; BSEG 100 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation).


BSOT 260 Old Testament Prophecy (3 hours)

An introductory study of the origin and nature of Israelite prophetism, including a

survey of the canonical prophets. Emphasis will be given to the contents of each book, considering its historical setting and its religious value. (Prerequisite: BSOT 100 History & Literature of Israel; BSEG 100 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation).


BSOT 270 The Wisdom of Solomon for Life (3 hours)

A study of Hebrew wisdom dealing with the phases of life. The role of the Song of Solomon, Proverbs & Ecclesiastes in dealing with the practical and moral development of an individual. This will study the issues one deals with as one matures from being a youth to an elderly person. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 351 Genesis (3 hours)

A careful study of the first book of the Bible noting particularly the history of the patriarchs and the unfolding of the Messianic promises. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 352 Exodus (3 hours)

A study of the foundational event of the nation of Israel. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 355 Deuteronomy (3 hours)

A systematic study of the book of Deuteronomy analyzing the foundations and implications of the moral, social, and religious legislation of ancient Israel. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 361 Isaiah (3 hours)

An exegetical treatment of Isaiah’s prophecies in their historical context giving special attention to the theological content and the theme of Messianism. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 362 Jeremiah (3 hours)

A systematic study examining Jeremiah’s prophecies and life in his role as proclaimer of divine truth. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 363 Ezekiel (3 hours)

A study of the critical problems associated with this book, its historical background, and its message. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 364 Daniel (3 hours)

A thorough study of Daniel placing emphasis upon the prophetic sections, giving attention to the sound principles of interpretation and the critical problems. (Prerequisites: BSEG 200, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 365 Minor Prophets (3 hours)

A study of introductory matters and a survey of the background, personality, and teachings of the Twelve Prophets, Hosea through Malachi. As much time as possible will be spent in exegesis. (Prerequisites: BSEG 200, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 367 Special Themes in Old Testament Studies (3 hours)

Each issue of Old Testament studies is offered as a separate course and covers various periods of the history of Israel. Issues include:

  • Tabernacle and Sacrifice

  • Mosaic Law

  • The Religions of Israel: A study of the Old Testament polemic against other religions with which the Old Testament contended

  • Creation, Flood & Tower: A study of humanity’s earliest ages.

(Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 371 Job and Lamentations (3 hours)

An analysis and interpretation of Job and Lamentations featuring application to the problem of evil and theological problem of defining repentance. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


BSOT 372 The Psalms (3 hours)

A critical introduction to the book of Psalms followed by a study of individual Psalms selected from the various groups. Emphasis is placed upon the great themes, including Messianic prophecy. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100.)


New Testament

BSNT 100 Jesus & The Church (3 hours)

This course introduces students to the narrative arc of the New Testament story, as seen through the lens of the Luke-Acts narratives. It begins with the Gospel of Luke’s account of the life and teachings of Jesus. It then continues with Luke’s second volume, the Book of Acts, and its account of the Church’s origins and the formation of early Christianity. When taking this course, students discover the central ideas taught by Jesus, how those ideas formed the basis of Christian thought, the emergence of the first Christians into ecclesiastic communities and the ideas that arose to stabilize and define that movement.


BSNT 220 Introduction to the Gospels (3 hours)

An introduction to the critical issues affecting the study of the Gospels and the life of Jesus followed by a survey of the various genres and forms within the Gospels, focusing on principles for interpreting the Gospels, key concepts found in them, and their impact on the church and the Christian life. (Prerequisites: BSOT 100, BSNT 100; BSEG 100.)


BSNT 230 Introduction to Paul and the New Testament Letters (3 hours)

An introduction to Paul and the New Testament Epistles in their socio-historical context focusing on a study of original Christianity and the application of its theology in the contemporary Church. Required as prerequisite to any advanced Epistles class. (Prerequisites: BSOT 100, BSNT 100 BSEG 100.)


BSNT 331 Romans (3 hours)

An exegetical course, also noting the problems of introduction, the origins of the Roman church, and the epistle’s relationship to the gospel proclaimed by Paul. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 332 Corinthian Letters (3 hours)

A study of 1 & 2 Corinthians that emphasizes their socio-historical situations in the context of Paul’s mission, and their potential significance for issues confronting the contemporary church. Due to the amount of material to be covered, the class will not typically deal with every verse in both letters. Different strategies approach the text variously. Thus the class may focus on only one of the letters, or it may focus on themes in both. The class is thus to be viewed as the platform from which to observe and study Paul’s interaction with the Corinthians Christians. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 335 Prison Epistles (3 hours)

An introduction to and exegesis of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, stressing the relationship of these letters to broad themes in Paul’s teaching. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 336 Thessalonian Letters & Early Church Eschatology (3 hours)

Exegesis following background lectures with special attention given to related scriptures on the second coming of Christ. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 338 Pastoral Epistles & Early Church Ecclesiology (3 hours)

An introduction to and exegesis of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, focusing on church polity, roles in the church, and Paul’s philosophy of ministry. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 341 Epistle to the Hebrews (3 hours)

An exegetical study of the contents and meaning of the epistle in relation to the student’s own personal Christian experience. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 342 Theology of James (3 hours)

A careful study of the problems of introduction and the exegesis of the epistles

of James and John featuring a practical focus. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 230.)


BSNT 349 Book of Revelation (3 hours)

A careful exegesis of the text of the book of Revelation keeping the practical purpose of the book always in view. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100.)


BSNT 350 Acts of Apostles (3 hours)

An analysis and exegesis of the Acts narrative. The course reviews the way Luke presents the story of the Church’s beginnings, the historical setting and the key theological ideas arising out of that narrative. (Prerequisites: BSOT 100, BSNT 100; BSEG 100.)


BSNT 321 Gospel of Matthew (3 hours)

A survey of the background and distinct theological perspective of Matthew’s Gospel followed by exegesis of selected texts. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 220.)


BSNT 322 Gospel of Mark (3 hours)

A survey of the background and distinct theological perspective of Mark’s Gospel followed by exegesis of selected texts. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 220.)


BSNT 323 Gospel of Luke (3 hours)

A survey of the background and distinct theological perspective of the Luke’s Gospel followed by exegesis of selected texts. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 220.)


BSNT 324 Gospel of John (3 hours)

A survey of the background and distinct theological perspective of the fourth Gospel followed by exegesis of selected texts. (Prerequisites: BSEG 100, BSOT 100, BSNT 100, BSNT 220.)


BSNT/BSOT/BSEG/BSCS 490 Senior Thesis.

This senior level course provides the student with the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular topic of interest and to work with a faculty member to learn the rigors of constructing a sustained argument. Students planning on graduate work will welcome this opportunity to prepare for graduate level research and acquire expertise regarding the topic. The Senior Thesis is written as the course work for a course taken during the senior year or as a part of a directed study. Students must propose the thesis topic to the Foster School of Biblical Studies Thesis Committee the semester prior to writing the thesis. The proposal information is available from the biblical studies department chair.


Graduate


Biblical Language: Greek


BSGK 510 New Testament Greek 1 (3 hours)

Part one of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek (New Testament Greek), with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the New Testament.


BSGK 511 New Testament Greek 2 (3 hours)

Part two of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek (New Testament Greek), with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the New Testament.


BSGK 611–619 Greek Exegesis (3 hours)

A study of selected New Testament texts. Emphasis is placed on the process of translation and subsequent exegesis of the texts. (Prerequisites: either BSGK 510 & 511 or their equivalents, OR, for students transferring in Greek credit that is the equivalent of BSGK 510 & 511 from another institution, a satisfactory grade on the Greek proficiency exam.)


BSGK 611 Greek Exegesis: Synoptic Gospels

BSGK 612 Greek Exegesis: Readings in Johannine Literature

BSGK 613 Greek Exegesis: Galatians

BSGK 614 Greek Exegesis: The Pastoral and Prison Epistles

BSGK 615 Greek Exegesis: Readings in New Testament Ethics

BSGK 616 Greek Exegesis: Readings in Johannine Literature

BSGK 616 Greek Exegesis: Readings in Pauline Theology

BSGK 619 Greek Exegesis: Selected New Testament Readings


BSGK 700 Greek Directed Study (1–3 hours)

An independent study of New Testament or related Greek to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary. 1-3 hours


Biblical Language: Hebrew


BSHB 510 Biblical Hebrew 1 (3 hours)

Part one of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.


BSHB 511 Biblical Hebrew 2 (3 hours)

Part two of a two-part course that introduces the student to the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, with a view towards the translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.


BSHB 611–616 Hebrew Exegesis (3 hours)

Selected readings designed to develop proficiency in reading and translating Biblical Hebrew. Readings will be selected from books and portions of the Hebrew text, including narrative and poetic materials. (Prerequisites: either BSHB 510 & 511 or their equivalents, OR, for students transferring in Hebrew credit that is the equivalent of BSHB 510 & 511 from another institution, a satisfactory grade on the Hebrew proficiency exam.)


BSHB 611 Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth and Esther

BSHB 613 Hebrew Exegesis: Selected Texts

BSHB 614 Hebrew Exegesis: Life of David

BSHB 615 Hebrew Exegesis: Elijah and Elisha

BSHB 616 Hebrew Exegesis: Judges


BSHB 621 Aramaic: Daniel

A study primarily of the Aramaic portion of Daniel, with a view toward its translation and exegesis.


BSHB 700 Hebrew/ANE Language Directed Study (1–3 hours)

An independent study of biblical Hebrew or related languages to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


Biblical & Cultural Settings


BSCS 500 Lands and Lifeways of the Biblical World (3 hours)

A study of environmental, cultural, and social issues that shaped life in the Biblical world. (Also Offered Online)


BSCS 501 Archaeology in the Old Testament World (3 hours)

A survey of the points of contact between the archaeological investigation of the ancient Near East and the study of the Old Testament. Material culture that illustrates lifeways in Old Testament times is emphasized.


BSCS 502 Archaeology in the New Testament World (3 hours)

A survey of the points of contact between the archaeological investigation of the Greco-Roman world and the study of the New Testament. Material culture that illustrates lifeways in New Testament times is emphasized.


BSCS 580 Cultural Settings in the Biblical World Seminar (3 hours)

A focused study offered according to the expertise of instructors and interests of students. May be repeated for credit.


BSCS 650-655 History of Israel (3 hours)

A survey of sources and contexts used in the study of the history of Israel.


BSCS 650 Period of Origins (also listed as BSOT 650)

BSCS 651 The Monarchy (also listed as BSOT 651)

BSCS 652 The Exile and the End of an Era (also listed as BSOT 652)

BSCS 653 The Intertestamental Period (also listed as BSOT 653 and BSNT 653)

BSCS 654 Late 2nd Temple Judaism (also listed as BSNT 654)

BSCS 655 Christianity and the Greco-Roman Period (also listed as BSNT 655)


BSCS 680 Archaeological Fieldwork (3 hours)

Guided participation in the excavation and study of an ancient Near Eastern or Greco-Roman site. Study to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


BSCS 681 Study Tours in the Biblical World (3 hours)

The experience of travel study in Bible lands organized by specific faculty and scholarly guides. Pre-travel reading and post-travel writing projects are assigned.


BSCS 790 Directed Study in Cultural Settings (1–3 hours)

Independent study to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


BSCS 799 Thesis in Cultural Settings 3 hours


Biblical Interpretation & Cultural Criticism


BSEG 500 Introduction to Biblical Studies (3 hours)

An introduction to the history, literature, and interpretation of the Bible for students without requisite academic preparation in Biblical studies. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite to all other Bible courses. (Also Offered Online)


BSEG 510 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (3 hours)

A survey of methods of Biblical exegesis, with a view to the needs of practical ministry. This course prepares students to produce sermons, lessons, and small group materials. (Also Offered Online)


BSEG 600 Issues in Biblical Interpretation (3 hours)

A survey of historical and contemporary trends in the field of Biblical studies, exploring interpretive approaches to the text and the relationship between these approaches and theological conclusions. Prerequisite: BSEG 510 or equivalent. (Also Offered Online)


BSEG 680 Bible in Contemporary Culture 3 hours)

A study of the way the Bible is used in contemporary culture and its impact upon social norms and popular interpretation of the Biblical message. Close attention is paid to the strategies according to which one may effectively analyze, critique and describe such usage with a view towards enabling students to function as productive interpreters of the culture surrounding the church.


BSEG 790 Directed Study in Biblical Interpretation (1-3 hours)

Independent study to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


Old Testament

BSOT 500 Old Testament Foundations (3 hours)

An introduction to the history, literature, and interpretation of the Old Testament for students without requisite academic preparation in OT studies. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite to all other BSOT courses.


BSOT 600 Issues in Old Testament Criticism (3 hours)

A survey of critical issues relating to the interpretation of the Old Testament. (Prerequisite: BSOT 500 or equivalent.)


BSOT 641 Genesis (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book followed by exegetical analysis. Emphasis is placed upon structuring devices and motifs that clarify the purpose of the book.


BSOT 642 Exodus (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. Emphasis is placed upon the Sinai Covenant and the role of worship in Israel’s national life.


BSOT 645 Deuteronomy (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. Links between this text and the larger trajectory of Israel’s history are explored.


BSOT 650-653 History of Israel (3 hours)

A survey of sources and contexts used in the study of the history of Israel. Emphasis is placed on the Biblical narrative and current efforts to integrate it into the larger history of the region.


BSOT 650 Period of Origins (also listed as BSCS 650)

BSOT 651 The Monarchy (also listed as BSCS 651)

BSOT 652 The Exile and the End of an Era (also listed as BSCS 652)

BSOT 653 The Intertestamental Period (also listed as BSCS 653 and BSNT 653)


BSOT 661 Isaiah (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. Tensions generated by a message of condemnation and hope are probed.


BSOT 662 Jeremiah (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. Emphasis is placed on the role of Jeremiah as a vocal critic in the midst of a society in conflict.


BSOT 663 Ezekiel (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. Effort is given to understanding Ezekiel’s ministry of hope and restoration to an exiled people.


BSOT 664 Daniel (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems relating to this book, followed by exegetical analysis. The sovereignty of God, eschatology, and the personal development of a “Kingdom perspective” are among discussion points.


BSOT 665 Minor Prophets (3 hours)

A study of the dynamic of Old Testament prophetism and resultant literature. Analysis is given to the historical and social background, rhetorical strategy, and contemporary application of the message of the Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi).


BSOT 671 Job & Lamentations (3 hours)

A study of the historical background and critical problems related to these books, followed by exegetical analysis. Applications to the problem of evil are probed.


BSOT 672 Psalms (3 hours)

An introduction to the various principles and forms of Hebrew poetry, followed by a study of prominent themes and exegetical difficulties. Practical and devotional uses of the text are explored.


BSOT 680 Seminars in Old Testament Studies (3 hours)

A focused study offered according to the expertise of instructors and interests of students. May be repeated for credit.


BSOT 790 Directed Study in Old Testament (3 hours)

Independent study to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Division Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


BSOT 799 Thesis in Old Testament Studies (3 hours)


New Testament


BSNT 500 New Testament Foundations (3 hours)

An introduction to the history, literature, and interpretation of the New Testament for students without requisite academic preparation in NT studies. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite for all other BSNT courses.


BSNT 520 Life & Teachings of Jesus (3 hours)

A study of Jesus’ teaching against the background of his life and death, focusing on critical and exegetical issues in the canonical Gospels.


BSNT 530 Life & Teaching of Paul (3 hours)

A presentation of the framework for how Paul produces his letters and the teaching therein against the background of his life and the social dynamics of the ancient world. Attention will be focused on moving from Paul’s production of ideas to their contemporary application.


BSNT 600 Issues in New Testament Criticism (3 hours)

A survey of critical issues, relating to the interpretation of the New Testament. (Prerequisite: BSNT 500 or equivalent.)


BSNT 620 Issues in the Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

A study of selected issues, arising from the critical study of the Synoptic Gospels and the historical Jesus, as they affect contemporary Christian faith and proclamation.


BSNT 631 Romans (3 hours)

An exegetical study that includes investigation of background information and major themes.


BSNT 632 Corinthian Letters

A study of 1 & 2 Corinthians that emphasizes their socio-historical situations in the context of Paul’s mission, and their potential significance for issues confronting the contemporary church.


BSNT 635 Prison Epistles (3 hours)

An exegetical study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, analyzing both the central elements in Paul’s thought and his application of them in his interaction with the church. Attention is given to the way Paul’s gospel serves as a point of coherence for both theology and practice.


BSNT 636 Thessalonian Epistles (3 hours)

An exegetical study that includes consideration of background and critical issues. Attention is given to the eschatology and ethics of the letters.


BSNT 638 Pastoral Epistles (also listed as PMIN 648) (3 hours)

An exegetical study emphasizing themes in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Discussion points include the historical setting of the letters, gender issues, and church leadership. (Also Offered Online)


BSNT 642 Epistle to the Hebrews (3 hours)

An exegetical study that includes an examination of critical and exegetical questions, with primary focus on the conceptual background and rhetorical structure of the argument of the book.


BSNT 643 Petrine Epistles & Jude (3 hours)

An exegetical study giving attention to critical issues, interpretive difficulties, and the theology of the letters.


BSNT 645 Book of Revelation (3 hours)

An exegetical study emphasizing how structuring devices and motifs unite and clarify the message of the text. The variety of interpretations surrounding this book is taken into account.


BSNT 650 Issues in Acts (3 hours)

A seminar course focusing on critical and theological issues in Acts with a view toward the contemporary application of the book.


BSNT 653 The Intertestamental Period (also listed as BSCS 653 and BSOT 653) (3 hours)

A survey of sources and contexts used in the study of the history of Israel. Emphasis is placed on the larger history of the region.


BSNT 654 Late 2nd Temple Judaism (also listed as BSCS 654) (3 hours)

A survey and analysis of social, political, religious and ideological issues in late second temple Judaism, and their relationship to the New Testament and early Christianity.


BSNT 655 Christianity and the Greco-Roman Period (also listed as BSCS 655) (3 hours)

A survey and analysis of social, religious, ethical and philosophical issues in the Greco-Roman world, and their relationship to the New Testament and early Christianity.


BSNT 660 Johannine Literature (3 hours)

An exegetical study emphasizing themes in the Fourth Gospel and 1, 2, and 3 John. Focused discussion is offered on the historical situation that produced these books and how their contents reflect this situation.


BSNT 680 Seminars in New Testament Studies

A focused study offered according to the expertise of instructors and interests of students. May be repeated for credit.


BSNT 790 Directed Study in New Testament Studies (1–3 hours)

Independent study to be arranged with specific faculty members, with the approval of the Biblical Studies Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.


BSNT 799 Thesis in New Testament Studies (3 hours)