Seminary Courses

 

Biblical Studies

BLST 602 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (3)

This course introduces students to the basic principles and practice of biblical interpretation, including an overview of how to interpret different genres, a basic introduction to biblical languages, and guidance in how to make use of reference tools in a responsible manner.

BLST 610 Pentateuch: The Way of the Torah (3)

This course represents an opportunity to take a journey through the books of Genesis to Deuteronomy. Along the way we encounter the texts and traditions which have shaped biblical faith down to the present-day stories of heroes and villains, of creation and destruction, and of promise and deceit. Later interpretations of the Pentateuch are explored in an attempt to discover how subsequent traditions have come to view the way of the Torah.

BLST 615 Where Can Wisdom be Found? (3)

This course represents an opportunity to explore the richness of the Wisdom tradition found in the Old Testament. An introduction to critical and comparative issues in the study of Wisdom literature and the reading and discussion of texts from books such as Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes are accompanied by an exploration of how these texts have been employed by later traditions to answer the question “Where can wisdom be found?”

BLST 620 Pauline Epistles (3)

This course consists of a close study of central themes and passages in the letters of the apostle Paul, an introduction to Paul’s theology, a survey of recent discussions on Paul’s use of the Old Testament, his critique of Judaism, and his ethics. Students are challenged to explore and discuss how Paul’s thought can guide the contemporary church as it deals with a range of issues including church leadership, gender and sexuality, the work of the Spirit, the nature of discipleship, and the role of the Law for the Christian. This is a New Testament core course.

BLST 625 I Corinthians: Issues in the Christian Community (3)

This course is an exegetical and pastoral study of 1 Corinthians that explores the challenges of life in the Christian community. Practical issues examined include church discipline, civil lawsuits, celibacy, divorce, weaker brothers, head coverings, communion, spiritual gifts, and the role of women in the church.

BLST 627 Pastoral Epistles: Studies in New Testament Church Leadership (3)

This course offers a study of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, concentrating on the qualifications, selection, responsibilities, and authority of church leaders, and an examination of current models of church government in light of Scripture.

BLST 629 James: Studies in Christian Responsibility (3)

This course offers an exegetical, theological, and practical study of the book of James, with special emphasis on the role of wealth in the life of the believer, and the relationship between faith and works.

BLST 711 Introduction to Old Testament Theology (3)

An introductory study of Old Testament theology, with attention given to approaching the Old Testament in its own structure and context, uncovering the major patterns of thought in Old Testament perspective and considering how Old Testament theology informs the New Testament and contemporary evangelical thought.

BLST 714 Psalms: The Poetry of Prayer (3)

This course offers students an encounter with the vitality of the Israelite Psalms tradition. An exploration of various critical approaches to the study of these texts is accompanied by an investigation of the ways in which the Psalms have served as a resource for subsequent theological, literary, and liturgical traditions.

BLST 717 The Former Prophets: Encountering Elijah and Elisha (3)

This course involves a close reading and discussion of 1 Kings 17 - 2 Kings 10 and explores the phenomenon of prophecy as it is represented in the Former Prophets. Particular attention is devoted to the ways in which prophets and prophecy are presented and represented and the ways in which a canonical understanding of prophecy may be shaped by an encounter with Elijah, Elisha, and the other prophetic figures in these narratives.

BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew (3)

Early in the church’s history, Matthew’s Gospel became the place to turn to encounter Jesus’ teaching and his mission. This course offers an introduction to contemporary Matthean scholarship and to the critical study of the Gospels, but focuses on a close reading of Matthew’s Gospel itself. Special attention will be devoted to the theology that emerges from this Gospel and to its importance for the church today.

BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke (3)

In recognition of Luke’s unique contribution as a literary artist, historian, and theologian, this course aims to provide a forum for analysis and discussion of his distinct treatment of the story of Jesus and his followers. Such an undertaking will entail serious engagement with the biblical text, a critical evaluation of the methods and views of leading scholars of Luke-Acts, and a consideration of how Luke challenges us to become faithful disciples of Jesus.

BLST 723 Sermon on the Mount (3)

This course is based on an exposition by John R.W. Stott of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. The emphasis is upon the distinctive character that is expected of the Christian and upon the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

BLST 725 The Acts of the Apostles (3)

This course is an exegetical examination of Acts with concentration on the biblical theology of the book, the historical background of the events, and the theological emphasis of the speeches. Special attention is given to the relationship between the church and Israel in the early church era.

BLST 728 Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ (3)

This exegetical, theological, and practical study of the book of Hebrews places special emphasis on its teachings regarding the person and work of Christ, the new covenant, its use of the Old Testament, the life of faith, and its distinctive warnings.

BLST 729 Revelation: Jesus' Letter to the Church (3)

In a world that has become increasingly unstable, the message of Revelation is more relevant than ever. Revelation begins with an important promise about what is to follow: “Blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it” (1:3). But how can we respond to its message if we do not understand it? What exactly is the message of the book of Revelation? To answer this question we examine the genre of Revelation and its likely function, and carefully consider the merit and implications of various approaches to interpretation, including futurist (dispensationalist), preterist, historicist, and idealist approaches.

BLST 801 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity (3)

A seminar on the history, literature, and thought of early Judaism (from 300 BCE to 200 CE). This course highlights the Jewish origins of Christianity, illuminates the thought world of Jesus and his Jewish contemporaries, and explores the reasons for the eventual “parting of ways” between Judaism and Christianity.

BLST 802 Critical Methodologies (3)

An introduction to major critical methodologies in biblical studies. Students will gain wide exposure to how the Bible has been studied in the last two centuries and gain practice in applying these methods to select texts.

BLST 805 Scripture and Theological Interpretation (3)

This course examines what it means to confess that scripture is the Word of God and is authoritative in all matters of faith and life. Through advanced study in the doctrine of scripture and its theological interpretation, students are exposed to the most influential schools of thought in contemporary theology.

Cross-listed: THEO 805 Scripture and Theological Interpretation

BLST 817 Old Testament Specialty (3)

This study focuses on a particular emphasis of Old Testament studies.

BLST 819 Seminar: Current Issues in Old Testament Studies (3)

This course offers an examination of the issues relevant to the field of Old Testament studies. The subject and instructor vary from year to year.

BLST 825 Romans: Learning to Think Like a Christian (3)

This course is an exegetical, theological, and practical study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, with special emphasis on its teachings concerning sin, salvation, sanctification, law, gospel, and Christian ethics, so as to establish a theological and experiential basis for ministry.

BLST 827 1 and 2 Peter and Jude (3)

This course is a study of 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude with a particular focus on the historical situation, the rhetorical features, and the theology of the letters. Although these documents are often neglected in New Testament research, their call to holiness and perseverance in suffering is a message that is relevant for the church today. Moreover, each document raises issues that church leaders must be able to engage thoughtfully and effectively, like the nature of divine inspiration, the authority of Scripture, and the role of non-canonical documents.

BLST 829 Seminar: Current Issues in New Testament Studies (3)

This course includes an examination and discussion of important issues in New Testament interpretation and theology confronting scholars and Christian leaders in the 20th century. The focus of this course varies from year to year.

BLST 849 New Testament Specialty (3)

This study focuses on a particular emphasis of New Testament studies.