Courses In Biblical Exposition

BE 501 Hermeneutics & Interpretation:  An introduction to the science and art of interpreting the Bible. It surveys the history of interpretation and defines the grammatical, historical approach by establishing the general and special principles of interpretation. Care will also be given to developing a practical process of interpretation. (3 credit hours)

BE 502 Survey and Biblical Theology of the Old Testament I:  This courses provide a broad survey of Genesis through Esther with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The Christ-centeredness of scripture will be highlighted as each book is considered in its contribution to the history of redemption. (4 credit hours)

BE 503 Survey and Biblical Theology of the Old Testament II:  These courses provide a broad survey of Job through Malachi with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The Christ-centeredness of scripture will be highlighted as each book is considered in its contribution to the history of redemption. (4 credit hours)

BE 504 Survey and Biblical Theology of the New Testament:  A foundational study to give the student a broad survey of the New Testament with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ will be highlighted along with an understanding of each book in its relation to God’s overall plan of redemption. (4 credit hours)

BE 505 Exposition of Genesis:  An exposition of the book of Genesis. Particular stress is given to the developing themes of Christ in redemption and the covenants, which will be studied in relation to later Old Testament and New Testament revelation. It examines interpretive challenges in light of modern evolutionary theories and current higher criticism. (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501 & 502

BE 524 Proverbs:  An expositional study of the Book of Proverbs, with attention to the nature of Hebrew wisdom literature, the genre of proverbs, and the various hermeneutical approaches to this literature. Also emphasizes personal and homiletical applications to contemporary issues and relationships. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501-504

BE 645 Exposition of Romans:  A detailed analysis of the book of Romans. It examines the great doctrines of Christ, justification, and the hope of the believer with attention to the background, theme, and logical development of thought and doctrine. Interpretive problems and relevant practical applications in teaching and preaching will be explored. (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504

BE 653 Thessalonian Epistles:  An expositional approach to these early epistles with careful attention to their context in culture and history. Special emphases focus on the personal, pastoral, and prophetic elements that combine for a unique study. Appropriate applications for the contemporary church will be drawn. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504

BE 661 Johannine Epistles:  Authorship, background, purpose, intended readers, methodology and theology will be the focus of this analysis of the Johannine letters. Special attention will be given to the relationship of the letters’ style and vocabulary to that of the Gospel, the situation presupposed in the letters, particularly 2nd and 3rd John, and the eschatology of the letters. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504

BE 701 The Christ-Centeredness of Scripture:  The goal of this course is to have students recognize the Christ-centeredness of Scripture and to see preaching Christ as the heart of their ministries. The class provides an exegetical look at passages that yield the teaching that the person and work of Jesus Christ are the central focus of the entire Bible and surveys the prophecies and types of Christ and His work of redemption from the OT. It builds a theology & practice of Christ-centeredness with a view to Christ-centered preaching. (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501-504

BE 702 Biblical Introduction:  An introduction to historical backgrounds, literary genres, canonical development, and major interpretive challenges of Old and New Testament books. (4 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501-BE 504 & ST 501

BE 703 Textual & Higher Criticism:  This course addresses Old & New Testament Textual Criticism along with an examination of modern critical approaches to Higher Criticism including the JEDP theories & criticism of the synoptic gospels. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501, BL 503 & BL 603

BE 710 Historical Geography of Israel:  A careful study of the geographical layout of ancient Israel with a view to understanding the changes that occurred throughout Israel’s history. The topographical and geological features of Israel will also receive treatment. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: BE 501-504

BE 799 Research in Bible Exposition:  The student is given opportunity to complete a guided independent study in an area of Biblical Exposition. This course allows the student to accomplish deeper investigation into a special problem, area of doctrine, or interpretation of a passage. The course must be designed by and pursued under the supervision of a faculty member and must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean. Information regarding requirements, procedures, and grading is available from the Academic Dean’s office. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: Must have completed two years of seminary (at least 70 credit hours) and must have taken BE 501-504