Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Concentration in Theology
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CH 635 History of the Christian Church I
A general introduction to the history of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age to the Protestant Reformation. Studies will include the early church and the Roman Empire, major ecclesiastical and doctrinal developments, the rise of the Papacy, the development and impact of monasticism and scholasticism, the Eastern and Western church split, the characteristics of the Eastern Church, and the theological and political forces leading to the Reformation.
CH 636 History of the Christian Church II
A general introduction to the history of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the twenty-first century, including Protestant origins and development. Special emphasis will be given to the Western Church including Reformation movements, the Counter-Reformation, rationalism and pietism, revivalism, the growth of denominations, liberalism, Vatican II and liberation theology, the modern charismatic movement, the New Age movement, modern-day secularism and pluralism.
CP 531 Spiritual Formation and Growth
This course introduces students to the immediate knowledge and skills of spiritual formation and growth of members in both parish and non-parish settings. Using a heuristic approach to study the sense and use of self and others in relations, students gain better insights into what it means to be a student, person, and a pastor. The course requires the completion of a spiritual formation and growth paper that highlights insights gained that can be translated into a specialized ministry of choice.
NT 631 New Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the New Testament: composition, authorship, date, and content of each book.
OT 631 Old Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the Old Testament: composition authorship, date, and content of each book. Special emphasis will be placed on the refutation of higher critical view.
TH 528 The History of Biblical Interpretation
This course examines predominant theological systems. Their respective strengths, weaknesses, and relationship to Scripture will be examined as well as leading writers in both theological camps.
TH 531 Systematic Theology I
A systematic topical overview of Christian doctrine with special emphasis of five of the ten classic topics in biblical theology: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology.
TH 532 Systematic Theology II
A systematic topical overview of Christian doctrine with special emphasis on five of the ten classic topics in biblical systematic theology: Anthropology, Harmartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
TH 533 Principles of Hermeneutics
An intensive study of the science and methodology of interpretation of the Bible based on principle found in Scripture. 3 Hours
TH 539 Christian Ethics
A systemic study of Christian ethics and various ethical systems.
TD 531A Master’s Thesis
Required of all students in the Master’s Degree program and offered in the fall semester of the senior year, this course will function as a writer’s group in order to help the student significantly advance the process of conceptualizing, organizing, and writing a research-based text. In class students will read each other’s work, discuss the concepts, methods, and mechanics of constructing and writing a thesis, and provide comment to help with the process. Thesis topics will be approved and students will begin writing the thesis prior to the end of the semester.
TD 531B Master’s Thesis
This course is a continuation of TD 531A and is offered in the spring of the senior year. Students will work independently with the instructor writing the actual thesis according to the parameters set in the first semester. The completed thesis is submitted by mid-semester to a team of readers that will serve as the thesis defense committee (thesis reader fees apply).
2 Language Courses
Either Greek III and IV, Hebrew III and IV, or Greek II and Hebrew II.
TH 525 Theological Foundations
An in-depth study of theological foundations, including prolegomena, methodology and the theological enterprise.
TH 526 The Triune God
An in-depth study of the doctrine of God with emphasis on the doctrine of the Trinity.
TH 534 Soteriology
The theological doctrine of salvation as effected by Jesus Christ.
TH 537 Apologetics
An in depth study of thought that reflects a valid and logical defense of the Christian faith. A working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew will be helpful but is not prerequisite.
TH 538 Contemporary Issues in Theology
An examination of contemporary issues in theology such as New Age theology, open theism, and postmodernism.