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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

BNT 637 - Parables of Jesus 3 Credits

Parables of Jesus

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 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