Required Seminars and Descriptions

 

BT 1001, Research Methods, 1 hour

The seminar will guide the student in the use of library materials, computerized databases, bibliographic resources as well as research strategies, dissertational topic selection, and familiarization with form and style of dissertations.

BT 1002, Biblical Backgrounds and Criticism*, 3 hours

A critical investigation and analysis of historical, literary, religious, and cultural backgrounds pertaining to the interpretation of the Bible.

BT 1003, Biblical Hermeneutics*, 3 hours

The seminar is a study of hermeneutics, including its history, with emphasis trends and applications. It will include issues such as the impact of presuppositions on interpretation, the dynamics of authorship, the questions of where meaning resides, the effects of differences of genre on interpretation, as well as considerations of the progress of revelation and the application of biblical revelation on today’s world.

BT 1004, Exposition of the Pentateuch*, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the Torah (the Pentateuch or first five books of the Bible) to enhance a comprehensive appreciation of how it contributes to an overall understanding of biblical theology.

BT 1005, Exposition of the Prophets, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the Prophets to enhance a comprehensive appreciation of how they contribute to an overall understanding of biblical theology.

BT 1006, Exposition of the Historical Books, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the OT historical books to enhance a comprehensive appreciation of how they contribute to an overall understanding of biblical theology.

BT 1007, Exposition of the Writings, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the OT writings to enhance a comprehensive appreciation of how they contribute to an overall understanding of biblical theology.

BT 1008, Exposition of the Synoptic Gospels*, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, so that the student can be exposed to the similarities and differences between the books, problems of interpretation, the biblical theology of the life of Christ and  its applications to contemporary life.

BT 1009, Exposition of Issues in Paul’s Theology*, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the writings of Paul as well as a critical reading of recent literature to discover the background, emphases, and distinctives of Pauline theology.

BT 1010, Exposition of Issues in John’s Theology (including the Revelation)*, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the writings of John as well as a critical reading of recent literature to discover the background, emphases, and distinctives of Johannine theology.

BT 1011, Exposition of the General Epistles, 3 hours

The seminar is designed to be an exegetical, critical, literary, and theological study of the “General Epistles” as well as a critical reading of recent literature to discover the background, emphases, and distinctives of Hebrews, James, the Petrine epistles, and Jude.

BT 1012, Analysis of Biblical Books*, 5 hours

The credit is an independent study in which the student prepares a detailed analytical outline of each of the biblical books with a summary of the argument and themes of each book and a brief survey of its historical setting.

BT 1013, Seminar in Biblical Theology*, 3 hours

The seminar is a critical appraisal of the significant studies in biblical theology, so that the student can trace the development of a consistent, comprehensive, and integrative biblical theology.

BT 1014, Independent Study in Biblical Theology

The credit is independent research on an approved topic within the scope of biblical theology with the submission of an appropriate research paper. The credit can be taken for one to three hours credit (see standards below).

Total seminar hours for the program, not counting expertise in language requirements: 39 hours

The student is expected to complete 30 required hours of doctoral seminars, including all of the seminars with asterisks. This allows some flexibility in the program as required by the student’s circumstances.