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MABS Course Offerings

BTS500* - INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL STUDIES - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the foundational issues in the field of Biblical Studies.  Seminar topics include inspiration, origin, authority, canonicity, transmission, and translation.  Students will be exposed to the assumptions of critical scholarship related to the Bible and an evangelical response to those assumptions.  Issues of special introduction to selected portions of the Old and New Testaments will be treated with particular attention to the conclusions of modern "higher criticism."

BTS501* - HERMENEUTICS - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on hermeneutical theory and practice related to the biblical text. Attention is given to the philosophical and literary foundations that describe relationship between author, text, and reader; the interpretive methodologies that are applied to various Scriptural genres; and the application of interpretive theory to specific passages of Scripture.

BTS511* - CREATION AND COVENANT - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the biblical-theological study of the Pentateuch. Emphasis will be given to the foundational themes of creation and covenant as essential to biblical theology; the exploration of critical issues of authorship and composition, the discussion of interpretive options for crucial passages, and the formative influence of creation on the current public debate on origins and age of the earth.

BTS512* - HISTORY OF THE COVENANT PEOPLE - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the history of Israel from the period of the patriarchs through the Babylonian exile. Emphasis will be given to placing the history of Israel against the backdrop of the ancient Near East, from the perspective that God used the nations surrounding Israel to accomplish His purposes for her and orchestrated world history around her. Further attention will be given to the historical method and historiography concerning ancient Israel. The current public debate on the status and legitimacy of modern Israel will also be considered.

BTS513* - PROPHECY AND PROPHETS IN CONTEXT - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the Old Testament prophetical literature with attention given to historical backgrounds and context, internal message, theological themes, and issues of criticism.

BTS515* - WORSHIP AND WISDOM - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the worship and wisdom literature of the Old Testament and its application to the contemporary church and the sanctification of every believer. Issues like the problem of pain, the value of worship, and the reason the wicked prosper will be addressed. The student will learn to seek answers to life in the true worship of God and in the wisdom of God provided in these books.

BTS521* - HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE NEW TESTAMENT - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the history, literature, and culture of the Inter-testamental period through the first century A.D.

BTS522* - LIFE, MINISTRY, AND THEOLOGY OF CHRIST - 2 units

A graduate study of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ, including His role as Messiah and as Son of God. Special attention will be given to the Jewish historical and cultural background of His life, the implications of His true humanity, and the modern alternative theories about the facts and meaning of His life.

BTS523* - LIFE, MINISTRY, AND THEOLOGY OF PAUL - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the writings of Paul. Attention is given to historical and cultural settings, messages, theological themes, and analysis of selected passages.

BTS524* - THEOLOGY OF GENERAL EPISTLES & REVELATION - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the theology of General Epistles and the Revelation. Emphasis will be placed on critical issues relating to authorship, acceptance into the canon, historical settings, messages, theological themes, and interpretive problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the high priesthood of Jesus Christ as seen in Hebrews and the eschatology of 2 Peter 3 and the Book of Revelation.

BTS571* - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN THEOLOGY - 2 units

A culmination seminar that seeks to integrate biblical studies with Christian faith and ministry. Students will use an evangelical theological method to address contemporary trends and emphases in theology confronting the contemporary Christian church. Students will be exposed to a wide diversity of theological literature and perspectives within and beyond the evangelical spectrum.

BTS572* - SEMINAR IN APPLIED BIBLICAL STUDIES - 2 units

A graduate seminar focusing on the application of biblical studies to the life of the believer. Attention will be given to the priority of Christ-likeness, the process by which this occurs in the life of the believer, and the role of discipling towards this objective. The uniqueness of the biblical process of change will also be addressed.

BTS531 - PRACTICUM IN BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study focusing on a biblical theology and philosophy of leadership. Attention will be given to examples of leaders in the Bible and an examination of the concept of spiritual leadership. Students will be expected to articulate a philosophy of leadership and provide evidence of applying that philosophy in a specific facet of their own ministry.

BTS533 - PRACTICUM IN DISCIPLESHIP - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study focusing on the analysis of discipleship models and the application of Scriptural principles in the discipleship process.

BTS535 - PRACTICUM IN YOUTH MINISTRY - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study focusing on the analysis of contemporary youth culture and ministry. Emphasis will be given to finding biblical solutions to the needs and challenges of contemporary youth culture.

BTS536 - PRACTICUM IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study focusing on the theory, methodology and practice of Biblically-based Christian education to children. Attention will be given to the preparation and teaching of Bible lessons that are age and culture appropriate; the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer teachers; the development and administration of ministry programs; and the assessment of curricula. The student will be involved in a supervised and evaluated ministry project as part of the course.

BTS537 - PRACTICUM IN WORSHIP - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study concerning the principles and practices of worship. Attention will be given to a biblical definition of worship, biblical paradigms of worship, styles of worship, leading in worship, hymnody and hymnology, and current issues in worship.

BTS538 - PRACTICUM IN TEACHING - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study concerning the principles and practices of effective teaching. Emphasis will be placed on teaching technique, the learning process, and basic curricular design.

BTS539 - PRACTICUM IN MISSIONS - 2 units

A faculty-directed independent study concerning principles and practices of Biblically-based mission work. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating mission boards, the mission program of the local church, a survey of the biblical basis of missions, cross-cultural communication, mission strategy, the call and preparation of the missionary, and the role of sending organizations. Some consideration will also be given to one or more contemporary issues, such as urban ministries, student ministries, and creative access to closed countries.

BL501 - ELEMENTARY GREEK I - 4 units

Designed for beginners in Greek and includes a thorough study of the pronunciation and acquisition of a working vocabulary; exercises in translation from Greek to English as well as from English to Greek. Translation of selected passages of the Greek New Testament.

BL502 - ELEMENTARY GREEK II - 4 units

Designed for beginners in Greek and includes a thorough study of the pronunciation and acquisition of a working vocabulary; exercises in translation from Greek to English as well as from English to Greek. Translation of selected passages of the Greek New Testament.

BL551 - SEMINAR ON THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS - 3 units

An in-depth exposition of Romans, with careful attention to the meaning, implication, and application of the text.

BTS554 - APOLOGETICS - 2 units

A survey of the main approaches to apologetics and examination of evidences for the Christian faith from such fields as science, history, archaeology, and philosophy.

BTS555 - ETHICS - 2 units

A survey of the main approaches to ethics and issues in personal ethics, such as moral responsibility, decision making, honesty and conscience; and topics in special ethics such as war, abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and church-state relations.

BTS556 - WORLD RELIGIONS - 2 units

A study of major non-religious systems in the world. The claims of each will be compared with the absolute Truth and adequacy of biblical faith.

BTS557 - RELIGIONS OF AMERICA - 2 units

A study of the most prominent modern religions native to America, with particular reference to their historical backgrounds and doctrinal positions.

BTS599 - THESIS - 4 units

This is a guided independent research paper. The special problem or area of investigation must be precisely stated in written form, pursued under faculty supervision, and approved by the chairman of the Biblical Studies Department. A fully documented research thesis of 100-120 pages in length is required for this course.

IBEX570 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OF ISRAEL - 2 units

An examination of the physical geography of the land of Israel with attention to regional structure, geology, and topography; with a view to the development of communication lines and settlement.

IBEX598 - CULTURES & RELIGIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST - 2 units

A field-based exploration of the cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity of the land of Israel. Special attention is given to religious and cultural distinctives of the major ethnic communities and monotheistic religions of the region.

** Required core classes are indicated by an asterisk.