Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 57

Biblical Studies
theology throughout the ages by tracing the origin,
development, and growth of the doctrines of the church.
BTH377 Messianic Theology (3)
This course focuses on the Messianic idea as it developed
in both the Old and New Testaments. The first half of
the course will concern the “Messianic Promise of the
Old Testament.” The course will examine the one promise
of a coming deliverer and its various individual promises
referred to as the Messianic Prophecies. It will seek to
interact with the Jewish interpretation of these prophecies
in post- biblical times down to the view of the Messiah
in modern Judaism. The second part of the course will
deal with the “Messianic Person in the New Testament.”
The treatment of this subject will be largely a study of
the different titles for Jesus, e.g., Son of God, Son of
Man, Lord, Messiah, etc. The course could be described
as “Christology from a biblical rather than a systematic
theology perspective.”
BTH387 Theology of Paul (3)
An introduction to the theology of the Pauline letters.
Methodological issues and the history of Pauline research
will be considered briefly before turning to consider the
major aspects of Pauline thought. Particular focus will
be given to the so-called “New Perspective” on Pauline
theology and an appropriate evangelical response to this
interpretive scheme.
BTH399 Biblical Theology of Vision (3)
This class traces the unity and development of the visions
of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Paul (Damascus Road), and
John (Revelation) with a view to understanding various
major biblical themes (salvation, God’s presence, God’s
kingdom, Christ and the church, and eschatology) and
how they interweave in redemptive history. This class will
investigate how the visions reflect the theologies of their
respective books, how they harmonize together, and how
all of that helps to show the connectedness of biblical
theological themes into one storyline.
BTH413 Theological Systems (3)
A study of the nature and methods of systematic
theology, along with an examination of six historical
theological systems: Roman Catholicism, Reformed
Theology, Arminianism, Modernism, Neo-orthodoxy, and
Prerequisites: BTH321, BTH322
BTH417 Contemporary Theology (3)
A survey of developments leading to the rise of religious
liberalism, and a critique of theological positions
in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including
Neo-Orthodoxy, Existentialism and radical theologies.
BTH427 Theology Seminar (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the
practical utility of an evangelical theological method.
Students will focus on contemporary trends and
emphases in theology confronting the contemporary
Christian church.
Prerequisites: BTH321, BTH322.
BTH428 Eschatological Interpretations (3)
A study of the Scriptures bearing on the significance
and temporal relations of the Rapture, the coming of
Christ and the Millennium, with evaluation of the various
positions of these events.
BTH438 Roman Catholic Theology (3)
A study of the key elements in the theology of the Ro-
man Catholic Church focusing on theological develop-
ments beginning with the Tridentine settlement. Particular
attention will be given to the Catholic Church’s response
to modernism as seen in Ultramontanism and Vatican
Council I, and the mitigation of this antimodernist
response leading up to and after Vatican II.
BTH448 Mormonism (3)
An in-depth examination of the history, beliefs and
practices of Mormon groups.
BTH498 Theology Area Study (2)
A concentrated study in theology, which may include a
particular doctrine or passage.
BTH499 God in Philosophy & Theology (3)
A study of the nature of God and the coherence of the
divine attributes; God’s relation to logic, language, time,
causality, and evil; belief as it relates to science, natural
theology, evidence, and mysticism.
BYM321 Introduction to Youth Ministry (3)
Designed to help the students understand the general
condition of the youth culture in America. Basic elements
of ministry in a church with a youth ministry will be
considered, but not limited to, planning, budgeting, conflict
resolution, staff relationships, and parent relationships.
BYM322 Youth Culture & Conflicts (3)
Current trends, attitudes and sources of conflict within
the youth culture of America will be analyzed. Emphasis
will be placed on the development of biblical solutions
to meet the needs caused by these conditions. Time will
also be spent on understanding and working with parents
ESL311 Introduction to TESOL (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the
foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of
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