Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 165

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
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GRADUATE PROGRAMS
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 teaching experience as part of the course.
BTS537 Practicum in Worship (2)
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)
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)
A faculty-directed independent study concerning the
principles and practices of biblically-based mission work.
Emphasis will be placed on 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 of more contemporary issues, such as
urban ministries, student ministries, and creative access
to closed countries.
BL501 Elementary Greek I (4)
Designed for beginners in Greek. This course includes a
thorough study of the pronunciation and acquisition of
a working vocabulary and exercises in translation from
Greek to English, as well as from English to Greek. Trans-
lation of selected passages of the Greek New Testament.
BL502 Elementary Greek II (4)
Designed for beginners in Greek. This course includes a
thorough study of the pronunciation and acquisition of
a working vocabulary and exercises in translation from
Greek to English, as well as from English to Greek. Trans-
lation of selected passages of the Greek New Testament.
BL598 Reading the Apostolic Fathers
A course that will read extensively the entire corpus of
the Apostolic Fathers, and then intensively translate the
Greek text of five representative genres in the Fathers.
The reading and translating of the texts will be the core
of the classroom discussions.
BTS551 Seminar on the Epistle to the Romans (3)
An in depth exposition of Romans, with careful attention
to the meaning, implication, and application of the text.
BTS552 New Testament Chronology (2)
This is a graduate level class designed to be taught as
an independent study under the supervision of a Bible
Department faculty member. This class will focus on the
chronology of New Testament events and the lives of
people (especially Jesus and Paul). Special attention will
be given to chronological difficulties. Significant reading
and research will be required. Reading reports and research
papers will be required.
BTS554 Apologetics (2)
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)
A survey of the main approaches to ethics; 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)
A study of major non-Christian 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)
A study of the most prominent modern religions native
to America, with particular reference to their historical
backgrounds and doctrinal positions.
BTS598 Thesis Research (2)
This is guided independent research. 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. The
thesis research must be successfully defended orally and
a fully documented research outline suitable to support-
ing a thesis paper of 100-120 pages in length is required.
BTS599 Thesis (2)
This is a guided independent research paper. The special
problem or area of investigation must be precisely stated
in written form and pursued under faculty supervision and
must be 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)
An examination of the physical geography of the land
of Israel with attention to regional structure, geol-
ELECTIVE COURSES
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