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
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
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
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
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.
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
In this course we will examine various apologetical methodologies, both historical and contemporary, and grapple with the various roles apologetics plays within Christianity, as well as within modern culture as a whole. We will also look at a number of current issues of great importance to modern apologists and seek to actively engage these issues.
An exploration of fundamental issues lying at the heart of religious belief and practice. These will include alleged difficulties regarding God’s attributes, the meaningfulness of religious language, God and the meaning of life, the relationship between faith and reason, and the justification of religious belief itself. These issues will be examined with the underlying purpose of more effectively communicating and defending Christian faith in a postmodern world. Students will be exposed to both current and classical writings in the Philosophy of Religion and will be expected to read the assigned writings and be prepared for active discussion in class.
An orientation to the language and process of apologetics. Specific areas covered include a history of apologetics activity, definitions and purposes of apologetics, the relationship of apologetics to evangelism, the role of the Holy Spirit in the apologetic task, a survey of some contemporary apologetics issues, how postmodernism affects the way apologetics must be done, and various apologetics approaches.
An examination of postmodernism and some of the challenges to Christian faith in a postmodern culture. Specific areas studied will include postmodern understandings of truth, reality, reason and community, Christian exclusivism, religious pluralism, hell, the plight of the unevangelized, the God of the Old Testament, and how an effective apologetic can be carried out in a postmodern culture.