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This survey familiarizes learners with a definition and description of the literature of the Old Testament. Key theological ideas, important characters, textual turning points, and historical sweeps are highlighted. Emphasis moves beyond what the Old Testament says to why it matters.
This survey familiarizes learners with a definition and description of the literature of the New Testament. Key theological ideas, important characters, textual turning points, and historical sweeps are highlighted. Emphasis moves beyond what the New Testament says to why it matters.
What is theology? How is it studied? What are its challenges and benefits? Questions like these offer structure to a study of key doctrinal issues relating to a God-centered life: Christology, salvation, work of the Spirit, community living, and Christian formation are considered.
Learning to read, interpret, and apply the biblical text is a skill set built upon specific presuppositions and principles. Biblical Interpretation teaches learners how to recognize these presuppositions and use these principles to study Scripture with care and understanding.
This course considers the Book of Acts as a rehearsal and projection of the biblical story. Old Testament and New Testament study are brought together in a context that promotes the discussion of intertextuality, Christian identity, multiculturalism, evangelism, and the mission of God.
Genesis provides an essential introduction to the identity of God and the identity of the people of God. As a backstory to Torah, Genesis offers readers the resume of God as creator and trustworthy guide for life.
Narratives in Samuel
The rise of David is one of the most compelling in all of Scripture. Study of selected texts in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel reveal the art of narrative storytelling. David is a hero, but not without flaws.
On Kings and Kingship
Israel’s request for a king seemed like a good idea at the time, but as the text of 1st and 2nd Kings reveals, the story of Israel’s monarchy is littered with tragic choices; even a few good kings could not reverse the slide to exile.
This course is a study of the Gospel of Matthew, with special focus on how to interpret biblical narratives. In addition to literary considerations (plot, characters, structure, recurring themes, etc.), it also considers the Gospel of Matthew in various contexts (historical, theological, canonical, etc.).
This course is a study of the Gospel of Mark, with special focus on how to interpret biblical narratives. In addition to literary considerations (plot, characters, structure, recurring themes, etc.), it also considers the Gospel of Mark in various contexts (historical, theological, canonical, etc.).
This course is a study of the Gospel of Luke, with special focus on how to interpret biblical narratives. In addition to literary considerations (plot, characters, structure, recurring themes, etc.), it also considers the Gospel of Luke in various contexts (historical, theological, canonical, etc.).
This course is a study of the Gospel of John, with special focus on how to interpret biblical narratives. In addition to literary considerations (plot, characters, structure, recurring themes, etc.), it also considers the Gospel of John in various contexts (historical, theological, canonical, etc.).
The Character and Work of God
This course explores the attributes and names of God in Scripture and in Christian reflection including holiness, love, mercy, etc. It also explores the distinctive works of God, covering selected topics such as the relationship between God and creation, God’s self-revelation, the Incarnation of the Son of God, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
God and the Human Person
How do we understand ourselves within a relationship to God and the Christian story? How do past, present, and future acts shape us and lead us to God? These questions suggest the pursuit of personal formation and ethics within the scope of Christian thought.
Job and Theodicy
An exegetical study of the Book of Job with a focus on its contribution to understanding the theological problem of evil.
Message of the Psalms
This exegetical study is prefaced by an introduction to Old Testament poetic writing. Following this preface, attention is given to major Psalm types and the messages they contain. Reflective thought and worship within the community of God’s people are also considered.
Israel’s Wisdom Literature
Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes are considered to be biblical reflections on wisdom. A definition of wisdom/wisdom literature is explored, noting how the idea is used by biblical authors and how it is like/unlike ideas of Israel’s neighbors. Observations about wisdom in the New Testament conclude the course.
This “fifth gospel” sketches the contours of promise against the cold realities of an age of empires. The message of the Servant goes out to the ends of the earth; it is a message that provides transforming peace for the people of God and destructive judgment for God’s enemies.
This study of Jeremiah emphasizes the relationship of the text to the historical setting, the struggle between disappointment and hope, and the book’s contribution to biblical theology.
The Minor Prophets
Select texts illustrate the role of the prophet as mediator between God and humanity. Understanding the message delivered by these communicators in their historical context reveals the timeless priorities of God and announces radical cultural critiques.
This course places the Apostle Paul within the context of the first-century world (including both Jewish and Gentile dynamics) and traces movements of rhetoric and theology in the letter. The meaning of faith, grace, and virtue are explored.
Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church are studied with a focus on the problems faced by the church and Paul’s solutions for correcting them.
Early Epistles of Paul
The texts of Galatians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians are studied as a part of the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Special attention is given to false teaching (especially Judaizing errors), eschatology, and life in the Spirit.
Prison Epistles of Paul
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are studied with attention to origins, relationship to the theology of Paul, and their use in constructing theology today.
Study of the letters written to Timothy and Titus allow students to consider issues of authorship, exegesis, and application, including whether, or to what extent, the Pastorals provide organizational patterns for church leadership today. An original-language variant of the course is offered side-by-side under the name Greek Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles.
Letter to the Hebrews
A close look at this unique book is offered with consideration given to its theological and rhetorical method, its use of Israel’s Scriptures, and its contribution to the church’s theology.
Book of Revelation
The movement and message of Revelation is studied against the larger background of apocalyptic literature. The victory of God and the renewal of creation brings closure to the biblical story and to the canon of the New Testament.
Theology and Human Sexuality
This course is a theological and biopsychosocial-spiritual investigation into human sexuality. Issues discussed in this course include, though are not limited to, characteristics of healthy and unhealthy sexual relationships, interpersonal dynamics of sexual intimacy, gender, marriage, and sexual orientation. Students will learn the art of theological reflection and worldview analysis as they explore sexuality in both ancient and modern contexts and address human sexuality from value-respectful positions. Additional attention will be given to investigating attitudes, behaviors, and decision-making as an expression of their understanding.
Topics in Theology
This course cycles through key ideas, movements, and figures in the history of Christian theological reflection: among them, the study of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, salvation, and the nature of Scripture.
Biblical Interpretation Across Cultures
Different cultures read the biblical text with different eyes. They notice what other cultures do not. They apply the text differently based on their own cultural location. This course enables students to recognize their own cultural lenses and learn to read through the lenses of others in order to come closer to an intercultural “crowdsourced” reading.
Theology of the Trinity
A study of the doctrine of the Trinity from the Scriptures to modern times. Students will read and discuss primary texts and contemporary treatments in order to better understand the place of the doctrine of the Trinity in Christian theology.
Theological and Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship
This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of Christian worship. It seeks to develop a theology of worship based on the concepts and practices of worship modeled in Scripture and applies that theology in contemporary worshipping contexts.
History of Christian Worship
This course surveys the development of Christian worship from the close of the New Testament era to the present day. Attention is given to the worship practices of the Stone-Campbell Movement. The course aids the student to develop her or his own practical approach to worship.
Women in the Bible
This course studies the place of women in the Bible with attention to the texts’ historical and literary contexts. Particular attention is also given to the subsequent interpretation of texts about women in the Bible and the impact those interpretations have had on the church.
Christian Thought and Film
This course offers instruction in discerning theological elements inherent in modern film. Films selected for study feature examples of either Christian theology or theologies in competition with Christianity. Students receive tools for making moral decisions about movie-going and for evaluating a film’s content.
Christian Pilgrimage Today
This course is an academic supplement to a study-abroad experience in the lands of the Bible, regions integral to the historic development of biblical literature and home to three diverse text-oriented communities, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Observation and engagement allow learners to reflect upon Christian thinking and personal ministry in an increasingly complex world.
Love in Contemporary Culture
A study of the theory and practice of love in contemporary culture. The first half of the course offers a case study in biblical theology, featuring examinations of key vocabulary, narratives, and themes that define “love”—for God and for others—in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The second half of the course explores the presence and absence of love in contemporary culture. Particular attention is paid to identifying and addressing challenges to the practice of love for God and others in local and online environments.
Theology of Vocation
This course explores theological thinking about calling and vocation. Learners are challenged to consider how Christian thought applies to a personal sense of purpose, mission, and employment. A final exercise is cast within the context of professional practice and ethics.
This course introduces students to principles and processes for developing a theology of mission for the context in which they serve. Emphasis is placed on biblical precedent, exegesis, and a practical approach to the local context