300 Level

301 — Ketuvim (Writings) Survey

This course presents an overview and analysis of the books of the Bible that are included in the “Writings” section of the Hebrew Scriptures. These include Psalms, Proverbs, Job, The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles.

302 — Halachah: Toward Biblical Lifestyles

This course examines the concept of halachah, the Jewish outline of the way in which one should walk, or live out, a biblical lifestyle. It evaluates the requirements that were placed upon the Jewish people in the Hebrew Scriptures and surveys the continuing impact of those requirements in the earliest Jewish church and in the lives of Gentile Christians during the first century. It offers suggestions of ways in which Christian halachah can be manifest through a life of walking in the Spirit with the mindset of Jesus.

303 — Ecclesiastical History

This course surveys the history of the Christian church, beginning in the time of Jesus and continuing to the present day. It discusses the Hellenization and Latinization of the church in both theology and polity. It examines the various historical schisms in the church and the concepts that produced those divisions. It evaluates the contributions of the leaders of the church, at various stages of its history, to its overall theology and practice.

304 — Servant Leadership

This course presents a study in Christian leadership with a solid basis in the models of both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Apostolic Scriptures. It establishes Hebraic background of Jesus’ insistence that his disciples lead from a servanthood perspective. It evaluates practical means by which leaders can serve the community of faith by fulfilling biblical roles and relationships.

305 — Contextualizing the Hebrew Scriptures

This course discusses the historical and present-day problem of contextualizing the Hebrew Scriptures (including the writings of the apostles) in various societies, particularly the Western world. It evaluates historical examples of indigenization of the Gospel with both positive and negative results. It offers suggestions for ways in which the Hebraic foundations of Christian faith can be presented in a culturally relative manner.

306 — Elective

307 — History of the Ancient Biblical World

This course presents an overview of the history of the ancient world with a focus on the Middle East. It includes an evaluation of the influence of secular kingdoms on the lives of biblical characters and ideas. An understanding of the geography of biblical lands and their strategic importance to Israel is also presented.

308 — Historical Christian Responses to Jews and Judaism

This course evaluates the long-standing Christian teaching of replacement theology both from a theological perspective and from an anthropological perspective. It explores the church’s anti-Judaism, the concepts by which the church began to teach that Christianity forever replaced Judaism as God’s religion for humankind. It also examines the resultant teaching that Christians forever replaced Jews in the economy of salvation, with the consequent anti-Semitism that made Jews expendable and led to persecution and even genocide against the Chosen People. It also evaluates positive responses of various faith communities to the Jewish community and to Judaism.

309 — Israel’s Covenant: The People, the Land, and the Promise

This course evaluates God’s immutable, irrevocable covenant with the Jewish people, the linear descendants of Abraham. It discusses the covenant that began with Abraham and its relationship to the people of Israel, to the land of Israel, and to the ongoing promise of God to both. It examines historical efforts both to invalidate and to establish the covenant with both the people and the land.

310 — Introduction to Biblical Greek

This course features basic understanding of Koine Greek, the language of the extant versions of the Apostolic Scriptures. It involves introductions to vocabulary and grammar.

311 — Pneumatology: Study of the Holy Spirit

This course examines the presence and evidences of the workings of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture. It evaluates the nature of the Holy Spirit and its manifestations from Genesis through Revelation. It underscores the importance of this divine agent in the lives of those who worship God in a Hebraic modality.

312 — Elective