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Courses in Area II: Biblical Studies
Hebrew Bible
HB 525 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: the 8th Century Prophets

This course is designed as a survey of the prophetic texts in the Hebrew Bible that have traditionally been dated to the 8th century BCE (i.e., Amos, Hosea, Micah, and Isaiah 1-39). Students will examine the historical and sociological backdrop of the 8th century BCE in Israel and Judah as a foundation for exegetical study. Attention will be given to defining the concept of “justice” as presented by these prophetic texts, as well as exploring how these ancient words may be relevant for the 21st century CE community of faith. Prerequisite: PC 500.

HB 550 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: The Psalms

This course is designed as a comprehensive survey of the Psalms. Prerequisite: PC 500

HB 550.44 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: The Psalms

Online version of HB 550

HB 575 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Women in the Bible

This course is designed as a survey of the Hebrew Bible from the perspective of the female character in these ancient stories, in an effort to uncover what can be known about these important women, including: personalities, actions, and faithfulness. Once more familiarity with these female characters has been gained, the course will discover ways in which these women and their stories may be introduced and integrated into the life of the community of faith (e.g., sermons, bible studies, pastoral care, etc.). Prerequisite: PC 500.

HB 600 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Selected Topics

Guided group research and discussion of exegetical issues in Hebrew Bible. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite: PC 500.

HB 725 Hebrew Readings

Reading of a variety of Hebrew texts with some attention given to advanced syntax. Prerequisite: HB 825 and HB 835 or equivalent. May be repeated.

HB 825 Biblical Hebrew I
An introduction to the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew.
HB 835 Biblical Hebrew II: Exegesis
Completion of introductory study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew. The final third of the semester will be devoted to translation and critical interpretation of a selected book or set of texts from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Prerequisite: HB 650 or equivalent.
HB 880 Seminar in Hebrew Bible

Guided group research and reflection on selected themes and issues in studies of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: PC 500. May be repeated with different topics.

HB 900 Research in Hebrew Bible

Advanced individual research on selected issues. Offered on request only to advanced students. Prerequisite: PC 500

New Testament
NT 525 The Gospel of Mark

The study of the message from and about Jesus as interpreted in the early church by Mark. Issues of relationship among the synoptic Gospels will be studied. Emphasis is placed on the historical context, literary structure, and theology of Mark. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 535 The Gospel of Matthew

The study of the message from and about Jesus as interpreted in the early church by Matthew. Issues of relationship among the synoptic Gospels will be studied. Emphasis is placed on the historical context, literary structure, and theology of Matthew. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 545 The Gospel of Luke

The study of the message from and about Jesus as interpreted in the early church by Luke. Issues of relationship among the synoptic Gospels will be studied. Emphasis is placed on the historical context, literary structure, and theology of Luke. Prerequisite: PC 500

NT 555 The Synoptic Tradition

The first three gospels are often referred to as “synoptic” because when laid side by side they follow the same narrative outline. In this course we will investigate the origins of this tradition, especially Q, the synoptic sayings source and the emergence of the gospel traditions. Our focus will be on the history of this tradition, the significance of its plurality (why are there so many gospels?) and how the various stories of Jesus can help shape our theology today. Strategies are developed to help students understand each gospel as a whole gospel narrative. Prerequisite: PC 500

NT 600 Pauline Theology

A study of representative modern scholarship on the theology of Paul. Emphasis is placed on relating these modern discussions to the text of Paul’s letters. The goal of the course is to develop an in-depth understanding of Paul’s theology. Prerequisite: PC 500

NT 625 The Parables of Jesus

An exegetical and theological study of the parables in the Jesus tradition and their meaning for the church today. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 650 The Gospel of John

A study of the unique interpretation of Jesus presented by the Fourth Gospel. Special attention is given to defining the Johannine community and its relation to its social context. Emphasis also is placed on the literary structure, symbolic language, and theology of John. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 675 Acts of the Apostles

A critical exegetical study of volume two of the Luke-Acts corpus with emphasis on literary, historical, and theological perspectives. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 700 I Corinithians

An exegetical study of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians with an emphasis on understanding its historical setting. The course serves as a case study in the interrelationship of the theology and ethics of Paul as they are seen to function in a specific social setting. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 725 Romans

An exegetical study of the most complex and systematic of Paul’s letters. The major themes in Paul’s theology are studied in relation to the overall argument of the letter and the historical context of Paul. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 750 Galatians

An exegetical study of one of Paul’s most important letters. The central ideas of Paul’s theology are studied in the light of the rhetorical structure and social context of the letter. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 775 Interpreting the Book of Revelation

A study of the historical, literary, and theological features of the Book of Revelation with attention to interpretive strategies and the exegesis of selected texts. Prerequisite: PC 500

NT 800 The Historical Jesus

The quest for the historical Jesus has been one of the defining trajectories of biblical scholarship in the modern era. Students in this course engage in conversations regarding the most recent quest and its importance for faith and Christian communities today. Prerequisite: PC 500

NT 825 New Testament Greek I

The course is designed to enable students to use the Greek text of the New Testament in ministry. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Greek text and how the Greek language affects the formation of the biblical message.

NT 835 New Testament Greek II: Greek Exegesis

A continuation of NT 825. Includes further study of grammar and the development of sufficient vocabulary to make reading Koine Greek easier. The use of Greek as a foundation for exegesis is the primary emphasis. Prerequisite: NT 825 or equivalent.

NT 850 Greek Readings

Selected readings from the Greek New Testament and other Greek literature from the New Testament world. Prerequisite: NT 825 and NT 835 or equivalent. May be repeated.

Syllabus - Fall 2014, taught by Margaret Lee
NT 880 New Testament Seminar

Guided group research and discussion of selected issues in New Testament studies. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite: PC 500.

NT 900 Research in New Testament

Advanced individual research on selected issues. Offered on request only to advanced students. Prerequisite: PC 500.

Interpretive Strategies
IS 925 Interpretive Strategies & the Bible

An advanced seminar on the history of biblical interpretation and selected strategies for interpreting biblical literature. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite: PC 500. This course satisfies an HB or NT exegesis requirement.

IS 950 Research & Interpretive Strategies

Advanced individual research on selected issues. Offered on request only to advanced students. Prerequisite: PC 500

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