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THEO 5307   (3-3-0)   Old Testament Literature and Interpretation

This course provides a survey at intermediate level of the canonical literature of the Old Testament. The study focuses on using exegetical methods to interpret each writing it is appropriate historical and cultural context. It treats individual passages according to their literary genre in order to apply key concepts from the biblical writings to the contemporary setting.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5308   (3-3-0)   New Testament Literature and Interpretation

This course provides a survey at intermediate level of the canonical literature of the New Testament. The study focuses on using exegetical methods to interpret each writing it is appropriate historical and cultural context. It treats individual passages according to their literary genre in order to apply key concepts from the biblical writings to the contemporary setting.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5310   (3-3-0)   The Gospels

An intensive study of one or more of the gospels (Matthew-John). This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5313   (3-3-0)   Applied Hermeneutics

The course provides an introduction to advanced methods of Bible study. Students gain proficiency in using Bible software for searches, word studies, grammatical analysis, and translation comparison. Students learn to use tools for exegetical study such as Bible atlases, Bible dictionaries, lexicons and commentaries. Most importantly, students develop a careful approach to the exposition of Scripture, moving from the biblical text to interpretation with suggestive applications for today.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5321   (3-3-0)   The Early Life and Letters of Paul

Historical and exegetical study of the early life of Paul and his epistles to the Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Galatians. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5322   (3-3-0)   The Later Life and Letters of Paul

Historical and exegetical study of the later life of Paul and his epistle to the Romans, prison epistles, and pastoral epistles. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5336   (3-3-0)   The General Epistles

An intensive study of one or more of the General Epistles (James-Jude). This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 5345   (3-3-0)   Christianity in a Pluralistic World

This course introduces a Christian understanding of, and a response to, a pluralistic world utilizing biblical truths. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6305   (3-3-0)   Christian History and Heritage

This three-hour course is a survey of Christianity from the New Testament to the modern era. It will explore the great movements, persons, and events, that have influenced the development of Christianity and give special attention to Baptist identity, several of the larger contemporary denominations and major religions which Christian ministers may encounter in today's world.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6306   (3-3-0)   Systematic Theology

This course surveys the following Christian doctrines: revelation and the Bible, God, humankind, sin, the person of Christ, the work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation and the Christian life, the church, and last things.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6311   (3-3-0)   Issues in Early Christianity

This course examines the major issues, ideas, individuals, and events which shaped Christianity from its beginnings to 600 AD. Special attention is given to guided research in areas of historical, theological, ethical, and philosophical significance with respect to the development of Christianity.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6313   (3-3-0)   Issues in Reformation Studies

This course examines the major issues, ideas, individuals, and events which shaped Christianity from the rise of the Renaissance to the Peace of Westphalia in A.D. 1648. Special attention is given to guided research in areas of historical, theological, ethical, and philosophical significance with respect to the development of Christianity.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6314   (3-3-0)   Issues in American Christianity

This course examines the major issues, ideas, individuals, and events which shaped Christianity in the United States from Colonial beginnings to the present day. Special attention is given to guided research in areas of historical, theological, ethical, and philosophical significance with respect to the development of Christianity.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6315   (3-3-0)   Issues in Contemporary Christianity

This course examines the major issues, ideas, individuals, and events which shape contemporary Christianity, A.D. 1900 to the present day. Special attention is given to guided research in areas of historical, theological, ethical, and philosophical significance with respects to the development of Christianity.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6321   (3-3-0)   Biblical Backgrounds

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the geography, history, and archaeology of the biblical world that will provide them with a cultural and chronological framework for further study of both the Old and New Testaments.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6333   (3-3-0)   New Testament Readings: Synoptic Gospels

This course examines the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. It will examine the unique perspectives of each of these gospels, as well as common significant elements and themes. This exploration will involve examination of the literary and historical context of the Synoptic Gospels, the methods and results of scholarly study of the gospels, and the practice of exegesis.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6334   (3-3-0)   New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature

THEO 6334 (3-3-0) New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature This course examines the Gospel of John, the Johannine letters, and the Revelation of John from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. It will examine major Johannine themes and, in the case of Revelation, the apocalyptic movement in general. This exploration will involve examination of the literary and historical context of the Johannine Literature, the methods and results of scholarly study, and the practice of exegesis.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6335   (3-3-0)   New Testament Readings: Pauline Epistles

This course examines the Pauline Epistles from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. Attention will be given to the ministry and teaching of the Apostle Paul as recorded in the Pauline Epistles, with attention given to the life setting of each letter as related to Paul’s ministry journeys. This exploration will involve examination of the literary and historical context of the Pauline Epistles, the methods and results of scholarly study, and the practice of exegesis.   

  • Offered: Online, Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6336   (3-3-0)   New Testament Readings: General Epistles

This course examines the General Epistles from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. Attention will be given to the theological message of each epistle in light of its historical circumstances. This exploration will involve examination of the literary and historical context of the General Epistles, the methods and results of scholarly study, and the practice of exegesis. Periodically.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

THEO 6360   (3-3-0)   Proclamation

This course is an introduction to the nature, theology, and process of preaching and teaching Christian Scriptures, with an emphasis on the application of Scriptures to the modern audience. Students will study the exegetical, hermeneutical, theological and pastoral dynamics of preaching and teaching Scriptures, including the development and utilization of various kinds of sermons and teaching lessons. Emphasis will be given to the development of sermons and teaching lessons from a variety of Scriptural genres.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: THEO 5313 or equivalent.

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