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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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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