BBL (Bible)

 

 

BBL 1013 Old Testament Survey

Three hours

A brief introduction to the history and message of the Old Testament. A general survey of the overall content of each book and certain significant themes stressing relevance to Christian living.

Offered each semester

 

BBL 1023 New Testament Survey

Three hours

An introduction to the history and message of the New Testament. The class provides an academic overview of each book, its context and significant themes, with challenges and applications to Christian faith and discipleship.

Offered each semester

 

BBL 1083 Honors: Old Testament Survey

Three hours

A comprehensive introduction to the study of the Old Testament. The course introduces the student to the history and theology of the Old Testament, basic hermeneutical issues and book content, as well as relevant application to faith and life. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered fall semester

 

BBL 1093 Honors: New Testament Survey

Three hours

A comprehensive introduction to the history and message of the New Testament. The class provides an academic overview of the canonical history and reliability of the New Testament documents as well as the historical and cultural background, major themes, and issues for each book including the challenges and applications to Christian faith and discipleship.  Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered spring semester

 

BBL 1513 Biblical Language Tools I

Three hours

This course will train students to use the most valuable reference tools indexed in koine Greek, without expecting that student will necessarily learn to read the language.  These tools will include concordances and dictionaries indexed in Greek.  Students will also learn enough grammar to follow the grammatical arguments made in technical commentaries based on the Greek text.  They will also be exposed to enough text criticism to be able to explain the text critical footnotes that appear in many translations and to understand the text critical arguments in technical commentaries.  They will not be expected to do textual criticism.  Students who want to read the Greek New Testament should take BBL 2513 and 2523.  Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered summer semester, upon sufficient request

 

BBL 1523 Biblical Language Tools II

Three hours

This course will build on BBL 1513 by applying all the resources and skills learned in that course to sustained passages of the Greek New Testament (and at the instructor's option, Greek translations of the Old Testament).  Finally, Biblical Language Tools II will introduce the Hebrew Alphabet and identify for students the Hebrew tools similar to the Greek tools used in BBL 1513.  Interested and ambitious students will then be able to cultivate these same skills with Hebrew resources on their own. Students who want to read the Greek New Testament should take BBL 2513 and 2523.  Prerequisites: BBL 1513 and consent of instructor.

Offered summer semester, upon sufficient request

BBL 2513, 2523 Elementary New Testament Greek I, II

Each course, three hours

A study of elementary Greek grammar and basic vocabulary with practice in translation of sentences from Greek to English. BBL 2523 includes translation from the epistles of John from the Greek. Prerequisite for 2523: BBL 2513.

2513 offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

2523 offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

BBL 3003 Evangelical Theology

Three hours

Evangelical Theology is a study of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, including Scripture, the triune God, salvation, the Church, creation, and the eternal Kingdom. The unity of divine revelation and the contemporary applicability of the Scriptures are emphasized. By studying the method of theological formation, students should be able to discern primary and secondary theological concepts and apply them properly to their personal lives as well as to their involvement in the Church and the world. Prerequisites: BBL 1013 and 1023 or equivalents.

Offered each semester

 

BBL 3083, 4083 Honors: Integrated Theology I, II

Each course, three hours

A six-hour course sequence studying the development of Christian faith and practice from the early Christian centuries down to the present. The course will be historical, in that the faith and practice of the Christian tradition will be studied in specific cultural and historical contexts and will also be theological, tracing the development of ideas and how they play themselves out in the practice of Christian faith. In addition, the course will present a brief survey of Islamic faith and practice under the assumption that Christian faith and practice is best understood when it is seen in the light of competing alternatives. At critical points throughout the study, similarities and differences in how a specifically Christian approach to theology and practice will be discussed in light of the theology and practice of Islam. The focus of the course is on primary sources. Prerequisites: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee, junior/senior standing, EGL 1023, HST 1013, 1023,or Honors counterparts, BBL 1013, and 1023 or equivalents.

3083 offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

4083 offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

Three hours

A foundational course to provide tools for preaching, speaking, and presenting the Christian message in a variety of contexts using various media. Includes an introduction to theory for creating and delivering different forms of communication, as well as practical ideas and tips for using various media. Prerequisite: BBL 34_3 or 36_3.

Offered fall semester

 

BBL 3303 Theology of Missions

Three hours

A historical and theological investigation of the nature and practice of missionary activity. The role of the local church, personal qualifications, missionary agencies, and current perspectives of missions are considered.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

BBL 3353 Theology of Worship

Three hours

A historical and theological investigation of the development of corporate worship emphasizing applicable Hebrew and Christian scripture. Liturgical history is examined, including the dynamics of music, sacred space, and symbols and icons from the Early Church to the contemporary emergent Church. Prerequisites: BBL 1013 and 1023.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

BBL 3363, 3373 History of the Christian Church I, II

Each course, three hours

A historical and theoretical examination of the development of the church. The first course addresses the Early Church, Patristic, Byzantine, and Medieval periods; the sequence is completed by study of the Reformation, Enlightenment, and Modern periods. Prerequisite for 3373: BBL 3363.

3363 offered fall semester

3373 offered spring semester

 

BBL 34_3 New Testament Book Study

Each course, three hours

Critical study of a major book or portion of the New Testament. Students learn the principles of Biblical hermeneutics rooted in rigorous exegesis. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: BBL 1023.

 

   3413 The Gospel of John. Exploration of John's Gospel in relationship to the synoptic Gospels and the emerging theology of the Early Church in its first-century cultural context within the Roman Empire.

 

   3423 The Synoptic Gospels. Exploration of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Using parallel format, the books are studied in relation to each other, to John's Gospel, and to the rest of the New Testament and Hebrew canon where appropriate. Special attention is paid to the synoptic authors, initial audiences, theological foci, and the historical and cultural background of the synoptics as well as the dynamics of the emerging church, and the social, economic, political, and religious contexts of the first-century Roman Empire.

 

   3433 The Gospel of Luke and The Acts of the Apostles. An analysis of Luke and Acts. Emphases include the literary techniques, the historical setting, and the message of the books. Students are exposed to critical issues related to the authorship, sources, dating, and audience of these books.

 

   3443 The Pauline Epistles. A study of the life of Paul with concerted analysis of one or more of his epistles. In addition to the man himself, special attention is paid to his initial audiences, theological foci, and the historical and cultural background of the letters, as well as the dynamics of the emerging Church, and the social, economic, political, and religious contexts of the first-century Roman Empire.

 

   3453 The General Epistles. An incisive examination of one or more of the General Epistles. The selected section is compared to the rest of the New Testament and to the Hebrew canon where appropriate. Special attention paid to the author, initial audiences, theological foci, and the historical and cultural background of the text, as well as the dynamics of the emerging church, and the social, economic, political, and religious contexts of the first-century Roman Empire.

 

  3463 The Book of Revelation. An in-depth analysis of the book of Revelation. Special emphasis is placed on major hermeneutical approaches to the book, as well as thorough study of its contents, original contexts, missional implications, and eschatological hope.. 

Offered each semester on a rotating basis

 

BBL 3513, 3523 Syntax of New Testament Greek I, II

Each course, three hours

A study of the structure of the Greek language accomplished by 1) reading sustained New Testament passages and 2) understanding the syntactical functions which occur in them. Prerequisite for 3513: BBL 2523 or equivalent. Prerequisite for 3523: BBL 3513 or equivalent.

3513 offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

3523 offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

BBL 3583 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Three hours

A comprehensive 15-week course taught by outstanding teachers, expert speakers, missionaries, and Bible scholars, designed to illumine God's plan for reaching people throughout the world. As current and past methods are examined, students are given opportunity to consider their personal roles in His work. An additional fee associated with this course.  Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

 

BBL 36_3 Old Testament Book Study

Each course, three hours

A rigorous study of a major portion of the Old Testament with opportunity to learn and apply the principles of biblical hermeneutics. The courses are offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: BBL 1013.

 

   3613 The Pentateuch. An analysis of one or more books drawn from the first five books of the Old Testament. Issues related to the content, the literary presentation, the historical context, and the theological and practical use of these books are addressed. Students are exposed to critical issues in dating, authorship, and interpretation of the books.

 

   3623 Historical Books of the Old Testament. An analysis of one or more books drawn from the Historical Books, Joshua through Esther. Issues related to the content, the literary presentation, the historical context, and the theological and practical use of these books are addressed. Students are exposed to critical issues in dating, authorship, and interpretation of the books.

 

   3633 Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom. An analysis of one or more books drawn from those typically classified among the Poetic Books, or as Wisdom Literature. (At the instructor's discretion, books classified as "Writings" in the Hebrew Bible may be included.) Issues related to the content, the literary presentation, the historical context, and the theological and practical use of these books are addressed. Students are exposed to critical issues in dating, authorship, and interpretation of the books.

 

   3663 Prophets. An analysis of one or more of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Issues related to the content, the literary presentation, the historical context, and the theological and practical use of these books are addressed. Students are exposed to critical issues in dating, authorship, and interpretation of the books.

Offered each semester on a rotating basis

 

BBL 3713, 3723 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I, II

Each course, three hours

A study of elementary Biblical Hebrew grammar and basic vocabulary with some limited conversational drill. Prerequisite for 3723: BBL 3713.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

BBL 4002 Capstone Seminar in Christian Life

Two hours

A senior capstone course of the Core Curriculum designed to encourage critical and reflective thought about Christian formation. The Core Curriculum's role in the student's spiritual formation is considered and assessed.  Prerequisites: BBL 1013, 1023, or equivalents, BBL 3003, EGL 1023, and junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

 

BBL 4043 Capstone Seminar in Christian Formation: Ireland

Three hours

A writing-intensive course designed to encourage critical and reflective thought about Christian formation. The Core Curriculum's significant role in Christian formation is considered. Works of St. Patrick and C.S. Lewis are presented as a basis for student reflection and as guides to Christian living. Students visit historical sites significant to each of these men and develop an understanding of their writings and contributions to the Christian faith. Visits to local churches give students opportunity to observe the present-day church in Ireland and to enjoy fellowship with Irish believers of various denominations. May substitute for BBL 4002 in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: BBL 1013, 1023, or equivalents, BBL 3003, and EGL 1023.

Offered summer, Irish Studies Program

 

BBL 4433 Christian Apologetics

Three hours

An introduction to a major topic in the philosophy of religion, e.g., arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil, or the relationship between God and morality.  Students should be able to give an adequate defense of the Christian faith by the end of the semester.  (Same as RPH 4433.)  Prerequisite or corequisite: RPH 3003 or POL 3003 or RPH 3013.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

BBL 4473 Seminar in Biblical Studies

Three hours

An advanced study of a particular issue related to Biblical Studies. Potential topics include critical issues in a book of the Old or New Testament or a current trend in Biblical studies or hermeneutics. Course may be repeated when content differs. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

BBL 4481, 4482, 4483 Selected Topics

One to three hours

Topics are chosen from some area of Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical History, or Theology). The course affords an opportunity for the student to do independent study and research under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

BBL 4493 Seminar in Theological Studies

Three hours

A course designed to develop the student's ability to analyze and explain theological texts through research, discussion, and presentation of papers. A particular theologian, movement, or topic from the history of Christian theology typically serves as the focus of evaluation. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Prerequisites: BBL 3003 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

BBL 4512 Greek Readings and Exegesis

Two hours

Readings from books of the Greek New Testament and/or selected readings from Jewish or early Christian texts in Greek. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Prerequisite: BBL 3523 or equivalent.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

BBL 4581, 4582, 4583 Selected Topics in New Testament Greek

One to three hours

Topics chosen from some area of New Testament Greek. The student may also do independent study and research under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite: BBL 3523 or consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

BBL 4713, 4723 Syntax of Biblical Hebrew I, II

Each course, three hours

An intermediate level study of Hebrew grammar and syntax. Expanded vocabulary and translation from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew are also emphasized. Prerequisite to BBL 4723: BBL 4713.

Offered upon sufficient request