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Bible and Religion Course Descriptions


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Bible

Note: In the area of Bible, students who are not Bible majors or minors are encouraged to choose from 105, 106, 107, 205, 206, 306, 308, 309, 311, 312, 317, 327, 329, 332, 344, 348, 413, and 415. Students meeting certain requirements may take 325 or 411. One hour Bible courses (except 411) and field experience courses do not fulfill the institutional Bible course requirement. All students are welcome to take other Bible courses numbered 300-499; however, students should realize that these courses will often be more technical in nature. Students who have not completed four lower-level courses must have the permission of the instructor to enroll in such courses.

General Education

BIB 90 Introduction to the Bible - ESL* (2 credits) A general introduction to the Bible taught within the context of an English as a Second Language setting. The basic structure of the Bible, key ideas, events and people will be presented at an English comprehension level appropriate to international students who are at the college level of their English language capabilities. (*Available only to students in the ESL program.)

BIB 105 Introduction to the Bible (2 credits) An introduction for the beginning Bible student to such concerns as how we got the Bible, the authority and inspiration of Scripture, basic Bible content, comparative religious studies (apologetic), how to understand the Bible, and issues of human origins.

BIB 106 Life of Christ (2 credits) A survey of the gospel accounts of the life of Christ, designed to introduce students to both historical and thematic content of the Gospels from which practical applications can be drawn.

BIB 107 Acts through Revelation (2 credits) A survey of the books of the New Testament from Acts through Revelation.

BIB 205 Survey of the Old Testament (2 credits) A survey of the books of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi, designed to acquaint students with OT historical chronology and events, OT wisdom and prophetic literature, as well as such themes as the acts and nature of God, His covenants with mankind, and the morality He expects of man.

BIB 206 Christian Thought (2 credits) A survey of major biblical doctrines designed to help the student identify distinctive Christian thought. Prerequisite: at least one of BIB 106, 107, or 205.

BIB 280 Biblical Studies International (3 credits) Offered in the International Summer Semester and designed to provide a general introduction to a topical study appropriate to Biblical literature and/or its historical and cultural background, enhanced by visiting the historical sites, museums, and artifacts, associated with the topical study. Specific course topics may vary according to the geographic region.

BIB 281 Biblical Studies International: Luke-Acts (3 credits) Offered in the International Summer Semester and designed to introduce the teachings and life of Jesus and trace the activities of the early Christian church through a study of Luke's writings and by visiting the actual sites of these events.

BIB 317 Bible Lands and Ways (2 credits) A study of the geography and culture of the lands mentioned in the Bible as they relate to the events which took place there in the ancient world.

Textual Studies

BIB 304 Pastoral Epistles (3 credits) An exegetical study of the text of 1-2 Timothy and Titus with an emphasis on defining an appropriate doctrine of leadership. As such, this course may qualify, with prior per mission, as a doctrinal or practical ministry course. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 305 Galatians and Romans (3 credits) An exegetical study of the text of Galatians and Romans with emphasis upon Paul's concept of law, gospel, grace, and faith. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 306 Acts (2 credits) A study of the text of Acts with special attention to the establishment, growth, and distinctive features of the first-century church. Offered fall. Students cannot take both 306 and 406.

BIB 307 Hebrews (3 credits) An exegetical study of the epistle to the Hebrews with emphasis on the distinctive contributions of the author to New Testament thought. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 308 I Corinthians (2 credits) A general study of I Corinthians focused on practical applications, moral choices, and healthy church dynamics and relationships. Offered spring. Students cannot take both 308 and 408.

BIB 309 Selected Pauline Epistles (2 credits) An introductory historical and exegetical study working toward practical applications in selected Pauline passages. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 310 Synoptic Gospels (3 credits) A study of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke with a critical introduction to the synoptic problem and exegesis of selected texts in the three gospels. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 311 General Epistles (2 credits) An introductory historical and exegetical study working toward practical applications in selected passages from the General Epistles. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 312 Gospel of John (2 credits) An in-depth study of the Gospel of John with special attention to introductory material and critical questions. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 313 Pentateuch (3 credits) A study of the first five Old Testament books with special attention to developing themes, historical and exegetical studies, and applications for the contemporary church. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 315 Joshua-Esther (3 credits) An examination of Israel's history from their establishment in the Promised Land to their return from exile, drawing upon historical, exegetical, and archaeological materials. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 401 Old Testament Wisdom Literature (3 credits) A study of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, and the Song of Solomon with special emphasis on content, teaching, historical backgrounds, and New Testament citations. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 402 Luke-Acts (3 credits) A survey of Luke-Acts with special emphasis upon the doctrinal similarities and the overall themes and purposes of Luke's writings. Offered Maymester or on demand.

BIB 403 Major Prophets (3 credits) A study of the historical, social, political, and religious backgrounds of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Selected passages will be used in understanding the importance of the message of the prophets for their own day and in the present. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 405 Minor Prophets (3 credits) A study of the historical, social, and religious backgrounds of the prophets Hosea through Malachi. Attention is given to the importance of the message of the prophets to their own period and to the present day. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 406 Acts (3 credits) A study of the text of Acts with special attention to the establishment, growth, and distinctive features of the first-century church. Students cannot take both BIB 306 and BIB 406. Offered fall. Prerequisite: Bible major or permission of the instructor.

BIB 407 Daniel-Revelation (3 credits) An exegetical and comparative study of the books of Daniel and Revelation with special emphasis given to the nature of apocalyptic literature. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 408 1-2 Corinthians (3 credits) A general study of Corinthian correspondence focused on practical applications, moral choices, healthy church dynamics and relationships, and authenticity. Students cannot take both BIB 308 and BIB 408. Offered spring. Prerequisite: Bible major or permission of the instructor.

BIB 412 Gospel of John (3 credits) An exegetical study of the Gospel of John with special attention to introductory material and critical questions. Students cannot take both BIB 312 and BIB 412. Offered spring, even-numbered years. Prerequisite: Bible major or permission of the instructor.

Biblical Language Studies

BIB 160 Introduction to Biblical Languages (3 credits) This course is an introduction to Greek and Hebrew. Students will learn the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, basic issues in grammar, methods of doing word studies, and the use of basic tools for biblical languages. Offered spring.

BIB 161 New Testament Greek I (4 credits) The essentials of New Testament Greek language including vocabulary, the basic inflections, and syntax. Offered fall.

BIB 162 New Testament Greek II (4 credits) A continuation of Greek I. Includes exercises in translation. Prerequisite: BIB 161. Offered spring.

BIB 261 Hebrew I (4 credits) The essentials of the Hebrew language, including vocabulary, forms, and syntax. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 262 Hebrew II (4 credits) A continuation of Hebrew I. Includes exercises in translation. Prerequisite: BIB 261. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

Note: The following readings courses may count as textual courses unless they are required for the major or minor.

BIB 265 Greek Readings I (3 credits) A review of grammatical principles, development of vocabulary, and translation of selected New Testament passages. The emphasis in translation is from the gospel of John and from I John. Prerequisite: BIB 162. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 266 Greek Readings II (3 credits) A continuation of Greek Readings I with special attention to backgrounds of the Greek text and the critical study of the Biblical text and the textual apparatus. Selected passages are translated from the gospels and from Paul. Prerequisite: BIB 162. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 363 Hebrew Readings I (3 credits) A review of grammatical principles, vocabulary development, and translation of selected Old Testament passages. Prerequisite: BIB 262. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 364 Hebrew Readings II (3 credits) A continuation of Hebrew Readings I with special attention to understanding and applying the knowledge of Hebrew to interpretation of Old Testament passages. Prerequisite: BIB 262. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 365 Greek Readings III (3 credits) A continuation of Greek Readings II with translation and interpretation of additional New Testament passages. The course also addresses the application of grammatical principles to the interpretation of New Testament passages. Prerequisite: BIB 265 or BIB 266. Offered fall, on demand.

BIB 366 Greek Readings IV (3 credits) A continuation of Greek Readings III with translation and interpretation of additional New Testament passages and a focus on syntactical, grammatical, and interpretive concerns so that the student is equipped to read regularly from the Greek text. Prerequisite: BIB 265 or BIB 266. Offered spring, on demand.

Doctrinal Studies

NOTE: REL 341, 342, 371, and 441 may also be counted as doctrinal courses.

BIB 344 Christian Evidences (2 credits) A study of the evidences for the existence of God and the Bible as God's inspired revelation. Emphasis given to internal and external evidences of the inspiration of the Bible. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 346 Contemporary Religious Doctrines (3 credits) An examination of the theology and systems of doctrine found in modern denominations in comparison to Biblical teaching. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 347 Scripture Interpretation (3 credits) A study of the history of hermeneutics focused on understanding the various theories of Biblical interpretation and interpreting the biblical text using historical-grammatical exegesis. Offered fall.

BIB 348 New Testament Church (2 credits) A study of the biblical teaching concerning the identity, nature, composition, history, purpose, and evangelistic thrust of the New Testament Church, with a special emphasis upon the conditions of entry and the implications for Christian practice and lifestyle. Offered spring.

Practical Ministry

NOTE: COM 321, COM 331, COM 332, MUS 122, PSY 211, PSY 350, PSY 352, PSY 371, PSY 426, PSY 427, SOC 341, 381, 382, and 383 may be counted as practical ministry courses.

BIB 225 Introduction to Ministry Seminar (2 credits) An introduction to ministry which employs a variety of self-discovery instruments to help the student understand the nature of ministry informed by his or her personal preferences and aptitudes. Required for Bible program admission. Prerequisite: 30 hours or permission. Offered spring.

BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credits) Methods of and motives for personal evangelism are combined with laboratory and field experiences in personal and home Bible study. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 321 Educational Program of the Church (3 credits) The teaching program of the church is described and its organization studied. Emphasis is given to methods of teaching and characteristics of good Bible teachers. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credits) A study of biblical principles relating to world evangelism, with a survey of current world evangelism methods and how the most productive methods relate to Biblical methods. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 323 Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credits) An introduction to homiletics with emphasis on preparing and delivering effective, Biblical sermons through classroom practice and critique. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 324 Advanced Homiletics (3 credits) An advanced study of homiletics which explores and evaluates various homiletic approaches. Offered Maymester and on demand.

BIB 325 Ministry Field Laboratory (1-3 credits) Individual or group experience in conducting ministry or missions. Field Laboratory may be focused in pulpit ministry, educational ministry, youth ministry, family life ministry, missions, or another ministry experience. Techniques of interpersonal communications and ministry or mission methods are practiced in a natural setting. If the Field Laboratory is focused on missions, either BIB 322 or SOC 341 is recommended previously or simultaneously. If Field Laboratory is taken as a second practicum in addition to BIB 425, the field laboratory experience must differ from the 425 experience. If Field Laboratory is focused on camp counseling, PHED 130 must be taken previously or simultaneously. Does not fulfill institutional Bible course requirements.

BIB 327 Religious Speaking for Women (3 credits) A study of homiletics and textual applications with an emphasis on developing religious presentations of special interest to women's groups and seminars. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 329 Women in Christian Service (3 hours) A study of the opportunities for Christian service available to women in contemporary society, with a focus on the history of women in Christian service, the service of women as described in the biblical text, and practical applications. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 332 Global Missions Awareness (2 hours) An introduction to global religious concerns, with components introducing world religions, missions issues, global ethical issues, and cultural and social anthropology. Offered fall, odd-numbered years.

BIB 351 Youth Ministry (3 credits) A practical course designed to introduce the goals, needs, programs, methods, materials, and structure of a youth ministry program in a local congregation. Emphasis will be given to understanding adolescents and to the particular responsibilities of the youth worker. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 352 Ministerial Counseling (3 credits) A practical course designed to introduce the skills and biblical texts needed in church ministry counseling. Course topics include paradigms of ministerial counseling, problems commonly encountered in ministry, counseling men and women, understanding your own natural style, knowing when to refer, and developing a network of trusted referral resources. A practical ministry course. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 353 Urban Ministry (3 credits) This course focuses on Christian mission and ministry in the world's growing cities. A practical ministry course. Fulfills diversity requirement. Offered fall or Maymester, even-numbered years.

BIB 354 Children's Ministry (3 credits) An introduction to basic methods and programs of children's ministry. A practical ministry course. Offered fall, even-numbered years.

BIB 411 Jesus, The Master Teacher (1 credit) Seminar examining Jesus' teaching content, style, and context with practical applications. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in the student teaching block.

BIB 413 Teaching the Bible (2 credits) A practical study of the techniques and tools for bringing the Biblical text into a practical, classroom situation. Offered with BIB 411 at the beginning of the semester.

BIB 415 Personal Spiritual Development (2 credits) A practical study of spiritual development based in scripture while exploring journaling, the spiritual disciplines, classic spiritual literature, and the history of spirituality. Offered fall, and on demand, in spring.

BIB 422 Church Growth and Planting (2 credits) A survey of crucial factors in church growth and methodology for planting a church at home or abroad. A practical ministry course. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

BIB 423 Church Leadership Dynamics (2 credits) A study of the organization and culture of the local church with emphasis in the roles of elders, deacons, and ministers. A practical ministry course. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

BIB 425 Practicum in Ministry (3 credits) Practical experience working with a church under the supervision of a faculty member and a local minister or field supervisor in a local congregation. The student must develop a written contract of expectations and duties and is required to work at least twelve hours per week for one semester (180 hours) or its equivalent. A paper summarizing the work and experience is required from the student at the conclusion of the practicum. The faculty member, with the assistance of the field supervisor, will give the student a written evaluation of the work experience. Prerequisite: BIB 225.

BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credits) A capstone course for the Bible program, with special emphases on undenominational Christianity, evangelism, budgeting, and ministerial taxes. The student will produce portfolio items (including a resume), a senior interview project, and assessment instruments. The two oral examinations required for a degree in Bible are given as components of this course. A practical ministry course. Prerequisite: Senior standing and BIB 299, or consent of the school chair.

Arranged Bible Courses

BIB 290-299 Sophomore Seminar (1-5 credits) A lower-division seminar course that serves to integrate and apply knowledge acquired from the college's general education core or from a more narrowly focused perspective of one major discipline.

BIB 390-399 Junior Seminar (1-3 credits) An upper-division seminar course that serves to learn, integrate, and apply knowledge acquired from the Bible and ministry experience.

BIB 490 Guided Research (1-3 credits) An upper-level independent research project designed by the student with assistance from the instructor.

BIB 494 Special Topics (1-3 credits) An upper-level course designed to address in an in-depth manner a topic of special, current interest in the discipline.

BIB 496 Independent Study (1-3 credits) Seminar or independent study and research in an area of special interest and application to the student under the guidance and mentoring of a faculty member. A learning contract is required. Work may be completed in textual, doctrinal, ministry or language studies. Offered on demand. Repeatable for credit with change of course content.

BIB 498 Advanced Seminar (1-6 credits) A senior-level seminar course that serves to integrate and apply knowledge acquired in the required component of the course work in the program. Offered on demand.

Sociology

SOC 341 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) A study of human culture and its variations around the world. The course will discuss the integrative patterning of worldview, values, and behavior, with special emphasis on social structures, religion, language, and culture change, as well as the practical application of cultural anthropology to Christian missions. Offered spring, odd-numbered years.

Religion

REL 280 Religious/Cultural Seminar International (3 credits) Offered in the International Summer Semester and designed to provide a general introduction to a topical study of a broad cultural/historical perspective appropriate to the international itinerary, enhanced by visiting the historical sites, museums, and artifacts associated with the topical study. Specific course topics may vary according to the geographic region. Fulfills lower-level Bible course requirement when course material contains substantive biblical texts and principles.

REL 341 History of the Christian Church (3 credits) A survey of the history of the Christian Church from the post-apostolic period to modern times, with an emphasis on major personalities and movements as they inter-acted to formulate basic Christian doctrine. The doctrinal developments will be analyzed through the biblical texts on which they were based. Offered fall, odd-numbered years. Fulfills upper-level Bible course requirement.

REL 342 Restoration Church History (3 credits) A survey of how the idea of restoring the New Testament church in modern times developed into a Restoration Movement (Church of Christ, Christian Church-Independent, Disciples of Christ) in America from the 18th century to the present. Concepts integral to the Movement such as, defining the New Testament Church, unity, salvation, music in worship, congregational leadership, fellowship, hermeneutics, etc., will be dealt with not only historically but also in regard to the textual basis. Offered spring, odd-numbered years. Fulfills upper-level Bible course requirement.

REL 371 Christian Ethics (3 credits) A survey both of ethical teachings of the Bible and traditional ethical theories and their applications, including egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. This survey is integrated with a study of the foundation and application of Christian ethics as defined through a biblical perspective, including such topics as the nature of God, the role of Scripture, and the role of the church in making ethical decisions. Fulfills upper-level Bible course requirement.

REL 441 Major World Religions (3 credits) A historical and comparative analysis of the major living world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Key religious concepts such as, divinity, revelation, spirituality, community, liturgy, cosmology, ethics and eschatology will be compared to and contrasted with the corresponding biblical perspective. Offered spring, even-numbered years. Fulfills upper-level Bible course requirement.


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