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Department of Bible

 

Department of Bible

Any course in the Department of Bible not marked as Required can be taken as a Bible elective in the Intermediate Certificate program or an elective-at-large in the Advanced Certificate program.

 

101A How to Study the Bible I

Personal Bible study can be a life-changing experience once you master the basic principles.  The course goals are to help you develop your observational skills and to teach you how to survey, synthesize, and chart a book and to begin to analyze passages, words, and historical backgrounds.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

101B How to Study the Bible II

Prerequisite: 101A

The Bible was written in times, cultures, and languages very different from our own.  The principles of interpretation and application taught in this course will help you better understand the meaning of the Bible for the original readers and for your life as well.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

102 Advanced Bible Study Methods

Prerequisites: 101A101B

The Bible is a book which is misused and misunderstood by many people.  It is imperative that Christ’s followers know how to accurately understand God’s revealed message.  Building on the methods and skills learned in 101A and B, this course will introduce more hermeneutical principles to enable the student to better interpret the Scriptures.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

 

106 How We Got Our Bible and Translations

Did our Bible appear the same way that the Qur’an and Book of the Mormon did, by special dictation?  Or was God more creative than that?  Why do we have so many English translations?  What are the differences—and why are they all so different?

 

108 Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

Using Mike Emlet’s book of the same title, this course will challenge the student to understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly as he or she is increasingly shaped and transformed by the sweeping story of Scripture through applied interpretation.

 

Elements of Hebrew and Greek for Advanced Bible Study

Students of the Bible are often apprehensive about studying the biblical languages.  Acquiring proficiency to read these archaic languages takes years and is very expensive. This course, however, is a practical introduction to the basic principles of Hebrew and Greek.  The ultimate goal of this course is to help the student become skilled at using lexical aides such as concordances and exegetical commentaries.  While the student will not learn from this course how to read Hebrew or Greek with any proficiency, the student will learn how to pronounce, transliterate, and find the meaning of words in the original languages.  This skill will enhance the student’s biblical studies.
Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Old Testament Hebrew

This six-course series introduces the grammar and vocabulary of Old Testament Hebrew.  The goals are for you to acquire beginning ability to read the Hebrew Old Testament, to use Hebrew in a practical way in your study of God's Word, and to utilize the study aids available.

 

111A Old Testament Hebrew Foundations I

This course begins an introduction to the Hebrew language of the Old Testament.  The student will learn the alphabet and its sounds, vowels, and basic methods of transliterating the Hebrew text.  Elemental principles of grammar will be introduced.  Parallels to other languages will be explored to help the student to begin to understand this beautiful language of God’s Word.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111B Old Testament Hebrew Foundations II

Prerequisite: 111A or consent of the instructor

This course is a continuation of the elemental principles of Hebrew grammar and introduces adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, word structure, sentence syntax, and the basic noun and verb forms in the Hebrew language.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111C Old Testament Hebrew Grammar I

Prerequisites: 111A111B or consent of the instructor

This course is a more in-depth study of the basic Hebrew verb stems and forms of the perfect tense.  Suffix form verbs are introduced and vocabulary is stressed.  A more in-depth study of Hebrew nouns, both feminine and masculine, including the use of function of the construct-state, will also be addressed.  You will acquire beginning ability to read the Hebrew Old Testament, to practically use Hebrew in your study of God’s Word, and to utilize the tools available.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111D Old Testament Hebrew Grammar II

Prerequisite: 111C or consent of the instructor

This course continues to develop a greater understanding of Hebrew verb stems and forms of the perfect tense, and utilizes the definite article, prepositions, conjunctions, adjectives, noun forms, and nouns in the construct-state in class and homework assignments.  You will also begin the study of the Hebrew verb stems and forms of the imperfect tense.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111E Old Testament Hebrew Grammar III

Prerequisite: 111D or consent of the instructor

This course continues an in-depth study of the basic Hebrew verb stems and forms of the imperfect tense.  Prefix form verbs are introduced as well as more words to build your vocabulary.  You will also learn the function and use of the key verb forms for the Hebrew imperative, participle, infinitive, infinitive absolute, and infinitive construct.  Extemporaneous reading in class will be practiced.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111F Old Testament Hebrew Grammar IV

Prerequisite: 111E or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the student to the Lamedh Pe, Pe Nun, and Pe Waw verb forms.  The stative verb will be addressed as well as irregular nouns and pronominal suffixes.  In-class reading assignments will include Biblical texts taken from the historical narratives found in Genesis, Joshua, and 1 and 2 Samuel.

 

112A Old Testament Hebrew Reading I

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Deuteronomy.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112B Old Testament Hebrew Reading II

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112C Old Testament Hebrew Reading III

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 2 Samuel.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112D Old Testament Hebrew Reading IV

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 1 and 2 Kings.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112E Old Testament Hebrew Reading 5

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Deuteronomy.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112F Old Testament Hebrew Reading 6

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112G Old Testament Hebrew Reading 7

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112H Old Testament Hebrew Reading 8

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 1 and 2 Kings.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

New Testament Greek

In a novel approach to learning the language of the New Testament, these courses show the value of knowing how Biblical Greek works, without overwhelming the student with memory work.  Foundations I and II introduce key differences between Greek and English grammar.  The follow-up grammar courses are for students who wish to commit to an in-depth study of the language.
NOTE:  The grammar courses will be offered in 2015-16.

 

116A New Testament Greek Foundations I

How to say and write the Greek alphabet.  Greek/English twins.  Difficulties faced by English Bible translations.  Vocabulary games.  Introduction to nouns and their declension, case, gender, and number.  Overview of Greek Bible study tools.  Homework is limited to memorizing the alphabet.

Required for NT Greek Grammar.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116B New Testament Greek Foundations II

Prerequisite: 116A or consent of the instructor

The Greek article.  Further study of nouns and case.  Introduction to verbs.  How verbal aspect, mood, etc. affect theological interpretation.  Participles and infinitives.  Introduction to textual criticism.  Homework is limited to memorizing the Greek article.

Required for NT Greek Grammar.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116C New Testament Greek Grammar I

Prerequisites: 116A116B or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  noun declensions, adjectives, pronouns, the verb “to be”.  Translation exercises are directly from the New Testament.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116D New Testament Greek Grammar II

Prerequisite: 116C or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  O-verbs,  the concepts of person and tense, adverbs and more adjectives, and more vocabulary.  Translation exercises include simple New Testament sentences.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116E New Testament Greek Grammar III

Prerequisite: 116D or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  verbs in the subjunctive and imperative moods, participles, and infinitives.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116F New Testament Greek Grammar IV

Prerequisite: 116E or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  unusual verb forms.  Student work will include NT readings.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

121A Old Testament Survey: Law

The key to understanding why God sent Jesus to be the Savior is found in the first five books of the Bible (Genesis through Deuteronomy).  Here lie the treasures lost by our culture which give value and significance to life.  Put on your sandals and get ready for a life-changing walk on the way to the Promised Land.

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

121B Old Testament Survey: History

Dates and kings and maps and things are dry, dusty facts unless you are reliving the events of God’s chosen people.  No other nation has so miraculously experienced God’s hand in its history.  Triumph and tragedy are intersecting paths that direct Israel’s journey from the walls of Jericho (Joshua) to the courts of Persia (Esther).  Great blessings await God’s people today who learn these lessons from long ago!

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

121C Old Testament Survey: Poetry

People are people.  No other section of Scripture illustrates this better than the wisdom literature of the Hebrews (Job through Song of Solomon).  With sublime artistry, Israel’s poets tell their stories of life and death, of love and hate, of hope and fear.  Our lives are found in their lives.  Their faith can become our faith.

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

121D Old Testament Survey: Prophecy

Israel’s prophets were a fearless lot whose vision of justice and peace was inseparably bound to their message of the coming Messiah.  Mired in societies filled with corrupted politicians and carnal-minded priests, and disheartened by conquering armies and cowardly citizens, these spokesmen for God courageously called His people to repentance and revival.  Contained in these books (Isaiah through Malachi) are timely messages of judgment and hope.  The Messiah is needed again!

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

Old Testament Intensives

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

This 3-year certificate program will enable the student to study the 39 books of the Old Testament in chronological order.  The canonical order of the Old Testament is not the sequence of when each book was written.  This chronological approach will place each book in the sequence of when it was written and/or occurred.  The study of the prophetic writings particularly will be enhanced as each prophetic book will be studied in its chronological context in Kings and Chronicles.

 

121E Old Testament Intensive: Pentateuch, Part 1

Genesis

In the beginning . . . with these words in Genesis, the student begins to study the beginnings of God’s plans and purposes.  He creates the heavens and the earth, creates Adam and Eve in His image who later mar that image by their fall into sin.  He chooses a covenant people through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the beginning of the nation Israel through which God would bless the entire world.  With Adam and Eve’s fall and the later giving of the Mosaic Law, the student begins to see God’s plan of redemption unfold, the need for a blood sacrifice to atone sin.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121F Old Testament Intensive: Pentateuch, Part 2

Exodus - Deuteronomy

After the Israelites leave Egypt, God guides His covenant people toward nationhood.  He gives them the Ten Commandments, the foundation for the Mosaic Law whereby the people are to conduct themselves individually and corporately.  Incorporated in this code for living was the provision for atonement.  For as Adam and Eve sinned, now all mankind are prone to rebel against God.  But God provided access back to Himself through the blood sacrifice for His covenant people and for the “foreigner.”
NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121G Old Testament Intensive: Joshua to Saul

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-15

Israel becomes a nation.  God's chosen people enter Canaan and begin the conquest of the land.  But because the people's obedience is not complet, the nation will suffer greatly as God chastises Israel by the hands of her enemies.  Judges will call Israel back to God periodically.  Meanwhile Israel fails to be the blessing to the nations she was intended by God.  He reveals that His plan of redemption is for all peoples.  He mercifully illustrates this by reaching beyond the Israelite boundaries and bringing Ruth, a Moabitess, into the Messianic line.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121H Old Testament Intensive: David

1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles 9:35-29:30, Psalms

Israel's corporate rejection of God's rule brings about a regime change--God will now lead His people through kings.  Saul proved that belssing is forfeited with disobedience.  David, though not perfect, purposed to follow God and brought great blessing to Israel and to the nations.  Through David's line, God begins His plan to introduce in time the King of Kings, the Messiah.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121I Old Testament Intensive: Solomon

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

I Kings 1–11, 2 Chronicles 1–9, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

After David establishes Israel as a kingdom, his son Solomon expands it.  Israel for a time is a beacon of light to the nations.  But because Solomon rejects God’s rule in his life, Israel will soon be punished.  Until then, Solomon learns that true wisdom is living in obedience to God.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121J Old Testament Intensive: Divided Kingdom to Fall of Israel

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

1 Kings 12–22, 2 Kings 1–17, 2 Chronicles 10–28, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Isaiah 1–28

Israel is now a divided kingdom.  And the divided kingdom is divided further still because of divided loyalties.  God blesses the kingdoms when its rulers follow after God, but punishes those who reject Him.  God begins to bring His prophets to the people to continue to reveal His plan for redemption.  Though Israel has failed to be the blessing it should be, God continues to reveal that His plan of redemption is for all mankind.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

 

121K Old Testament Intensive: Hezekiah to Judah's Exile, Part 1

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

m2 Kings 18–25, 2 Chronicles 29–36, Isaiah 29–66, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Micah, Nahum, Habbabbuk, Zephaniah, Ezekiel 1–31

God forewarns His people of exile if they continue to refuse to follow Him.  And they did refuse.  The northern kingdom of Israel is taken away by the Assyrians.  Judah will soon be taken by the Babylonians and suffer exile for 70 years.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above through to Lamentations.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

 

121L Old Testament Intensive: Hezekiah to Judah's Exile, Part 2

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

2 Kings 18–25, 2 Chronicles 29–36, Isaiah 29–66, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Micah, Nahum, Habbabbuk, Zephaniah, Ezekiel 1–31

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Micah to Ezekiel 31.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121M Old Testament Intensive: Judah in Exile, Part 1

Ezekiel 32–48, Job, Daniel

Judah is now in exile.  Her life of rejection of God corporately brings punishment to all, the rebellious and righteous alike.  Why must the righteous suffer as well?  In the midst of exile though, God’s plan of redemption begins to spread to all the world when His righteous people stand for God and testify of Him.  Through the righteous who suffer in exile, God takes His blessing to the world.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above through to Ezekiel 48.

Fall I 2016

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121N Old Testament Survey: Judah in Exile, Part 2

Ezekiel 32–48, Job, Daniel

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above of Job and Daniel.

Fall II 2016

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121O Old Testament Intensive: Judah after the Exile, Part 1

Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, 1 Chronicles 1–9:34

God is merciful and brings Judah back into the land.  It remains to be seen if Israel has learned her lesson to obey God and be the blessing she is to be to the world.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Ezra to Nehemiah.

Spring I 2017

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121P Old Testament Intensive: Judah after the Exile, Part 2

Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, 1 Chronicles 1–9:34

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Haggai to 1 Chronicles 9:34.

Spring II 2017

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

122 The Book of Genesis

While the book of Genesis is part of the Torah, it does not consist of legal codes but is primarily narrative material.  Since it is the first book in the Bible, believers and unbelievers are intrigued by the stories recorded in this great work.  This course consists of an in-depth study of the book of Genesis.

 

122A Genesis 1-11: Israel's Prehistory

We will be concerned with the “the beginning of beginnings,” attempting to see not only what God has given us as the essential information for the beginning of the world and mankind, but also to see some of the details of the text that are frequently missed in first and second readings of the Bible—in other words, to read more deeply, so as to apply lessons from the first 11 chapters of Genesis to our daily lives.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

122B Genesis 12-50: Israel's Foundational History

In this second course in Genesis, we will be concerned with the Patriarchal narratives, going for content, especially to see some of the details of the text that are frequently missed in first and second readings of the Bible—in other words, to read more deeply, so as to apply lessons from the latter “half” of Genesis to our daily lives.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

123A Exodus 1-19/Numbers: Israel's Exodus Journey

Follow your Israelite forefathers on their 40-year journey from Egypt to the east bank of the Jordan River in a mere seven weeks!

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

123B Exodus 20-40/Leviticus: Israel's Worship

Can worship be done any way that suits us, or is there a particular way that God wants Israel (and us) to worship Him?  What are the elements and purpose of Biblical worship for the people of the Old Covenant?

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

128 The Book of Joshua

There is a lot we could learn from Joshua, including God’s keys to success.  This apprentice turned leader dealt with so many challenges and yet was victorious because of his relationship to Almighty God and His Word.  In this class we will look at the historicity of the book of Joshua and how it fits in the Scriptures.  We will learn of His leadership principles and strategies by which he was able to conquer his emotional struggles and the physical struggles to fulfill God’s promises.  We will look deeply into this book and know who God is and how He operates.  We will gather Biblical principles and apply them to our lives.

 

129S Judges and the Sin Cycle

This course will examine three centuries of Israel’s history from the transition by Judges to the rule by Kings.  Transition leads to oppression which leads to deliverance.  The causes, conditions, and consequences of disobedience will be studied.  The cycle goes from sin to servitude to supplication to salvation to silence.  Israel’s captivity because of disobedience led God to raise up a Judge to bring peace.  Then complacency and disobedience set in, then the cycle would begin again which leads to a downward spiral.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

130 The Book of Ruth

The book of Ruth records an important part of Israel’s history.  A motif in this book is redemption.  The Hebrew word for redeem, gaal, used in Ruth 4:4 and 7, has presented an exegetical problem for scholars.  Some contend that the word means deliverance, while others say it means to purchase.  Students will examine this and other exegetical challenges as they delve into this intriguing book.

 

131 The Books of Samuel

The two books of Samuel, actually one book in the earliest Hebrew Bible, provide an indispensable link in the history of God’s people and salvation history.  In these books we learn of the transformation of the idolatrous and disorganized nation to a consolidated and unified monarchy.  The history covers the period from the close of the period of Judges to the end of David’s reign.  But more than a narrative of historical facts, these books contain a carefully edited and organized presentation of the nation’s spiritual fortunes in their relationship to the God of hosts, the real key to what was happening.  In keeping with the inspiration of Samuel, we also receive a foretaste of the future reign of the Lord over all the nations of the world through Israel, when ruled by David’s greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

134 The Book of Ezra

Written originally as one book, Ezra and Nehemiah describe the return of the Jewish exiles after more than a half-century of bondage in Babylon.  This returning remnant was responsible for the subsequent restoration of Jerusalem, its temple, and its walls.  This course will focus primarily on the book of Ezra and the rebuilding of the temple, and will include a look into the prophets who spoke into the lives of those who returned.  It is a study in history, but also of hearts that needed to see a big God in challenging circumstances.

 

138 The Book of Job

Few books in the Bible inspire such interest and intrigue as this book about the unfortunate man from Uz.  This course is designed to survey the history, structure, and deep theological significance of the book of Job, with an eye to applying its truths to our lives and the experience of suffering.

 

139A Thinkind and Feeling with the Psalms

The Christian life can at times be difficult, but it can also be joyous.  How we process thought and emotion in relation to our God and circumstances communicates volumes about our faith and our understanding of who God is.  This course is designed to instruct and encourage students to learn the Psalms, and how to go to them in times of sadness and joy, depression and hope, excitement and fear.  Some of the Psalms examined in this course will be Psalm 1, 8, 37, 42, 51, 101, 143.

 

141 Ecclesiates: A Treatise on Life

Ecclesiastes is the book that either you rarely touch and have never read all the way through, or have shared the writer's apparent skeptical view of life.  Is the writer a skeptic, an optimist, a grumpy old man, or a wise man who has observed that life does not always work out theway we think it ought to.  Dig deeply into his mind and his heart to see why God put this strange book in His inerrant Word.

 

142 A Love Supreme: Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon has been viewed from three different lens:  an allegory between God and the nation of Israel, Christ and the church, and a husband and wife.  A close observation of the details in Song of Solomon appear to point to the wonders and challenges of a marital relationship.  This course will look at how a joyous marital relationship is made up of a holy covenant, intimate communication, and passionate and anointed love-making.  We will take a close look at the gift of spiritual sexuality and the thought and care that precedes it as a significant part of a thriving marriage.

 

144A Isaiah 1-12

Words of warning and words of hope combine to make the message of Isaiah the most beloved of the major prophets.  Understanding the faithfulness of God in both judging and blessing Israel will give you insights into His character and the motivation to lead a godly life.  The background and unity of the book will be developed and special emphasis will be given to the yet unfulfilled glorious prophecies of our Messiah’s future Kingdom.  Isaiah 2–35 was written in chronological order, covering the reigns of Uzziah, Ahaz, and Hezekiah and gives a theological view of history.  These two courses will expound chapters 1–39 and emphasize the historical and archaeological confirmation of them, as well as the Messianic and prophetic passages.  Fall I will cover Isaiah 1–12 (the reigns of Kings Uzziah and Ahaz) and Fall II will cover Isaiah 13–39 (the reign of Hezekiah).

NOTE:  It is desirable but not required that 144A and 144B be taken in chronological order.  However, either course may be taken independently.

 

144B Isaiah 13-39

Words of warning and words of hope combine to make the message of Isaiah the most beloved of the major prophets.  Understanding the faithfulness of God in both judging and blessing Israel will give you insights into His character and the motivation to lead a godly life.  The background and unity of the book will be developed and special emphasis will be given to the yet unfulfilled glorious prophecies of our Messiah’s future Kingdom.  Isaiah 2–35 was written in chronological order, covering the reigns of Uzziah, Ahaz, and Hezekiah and gives a theological view of history.  These two courses will expound chapters 1–39 and emphasize the historical and archaeological confirmation of them, as well as the Messianic and prophetic passages.  Fall I will cover Isaiah 1–12 (the reigns of Kings Uzziah and Ahaz) and Fall II will cover Isaiah 13–39 (the reign of Hezekiah).

NOTE:  It is desirable but not required that 144A and 144B be taken in chronological order.  However, either course may be taken independently.

 

151 The Book of Amos

Amos has been called the “Prophet against Social Injustice.”  This class will look at the historical-geographical context of the 8th century b.c. prophet to the Northern Kingdom.  The archaeology of the earthquake that Amos predicted will be examined.  The spiritual lessons for the 21st century church will be set forth.

 

153 The Book of Jonah

Is Jonah myth?  Is there any truth to the book?  Does it even need to be true to apply Biblical principles?  Jonah is probably one of the most controversial books of the Old Testament.  It has been challenged by theologians and scholars for many years as to his authenticity.  Yet, Jesus quotes this book at one of His most pivotal times in His ministry.  Additionally, the message of salvation speaks so powerfully in this book.  This course will cover:  the historicity/authenticity of the book; God's work in the world at that time; the purpose of Jesus' use of the book; the Gospel application of the book of Jonah.

 

154 Micah Says: Listen!

This in-depth study of the minor prophet Micah will show that what he wrote in 735-725 B.C. is as relevant for us today as it was for the people of Israel and Judah back then.  As this study progresses, information will lead to application which should result in motivation!

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

157 The Prophecy of Zephaniah

This book of prophecy opens with this message from the Lord—I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth—but ends on this encouraging note—I will bring you home.  This course will endeavor to discover the real heart of Zephaniah’s prophecy and why such a dramatic change from the first words to the last words.  We will also take a look at the historical setting which led to Zephaniah’s prophetic ministry.

 

158 The Prophecy of Haggai

The purpose of this course is to study in depth the book of Haggai and identify the major themes of this two chapter prophetic book which takes place within three months in a single year.  Haggai alone dates all four of his prophecies and focuses on the rebuilding of the Temple and this gives the book immense significance well beyond its short length.

 

159 The Prophecy of Zechariah

More than any of the other too-often-neglected twelve “Minor Prophets,” Zechariah details the important events surrounding the first and second  comings of Israel’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Writing at the time of the exiles’ return from Babylon to the Promised Land, Zechariah encouraged those who returned to continue the holy work of rebuilding the temple previously demolished by the Babylonians fifty years before.  He did this by placing their work in the context of God’s great program for Israel and the coming and rule of Messiah on earth, thereby giving us all a proper perspective and understanding of what God intends for Israel’s future.  Zechariah is indispensible for a full appreciation of these future events.

 

160 The Prophecy of Malachi

The purpose of this course is to study in depth the book of Malachi which signaled the end of Old Testament prophecy as far as we know and to identify the major themes around restoration and return of the people of Israel to their land.  Since Malachi was the last prophetic voice in the Old Testament, what he has to say to a people who have become complacent is of great importance to us in our time.

 

163A Abraham: The Man Behind the Covenant

Abraham is one of the great forefathers of the faith, but his life was filled with controversy and turmoil.  In his time, Abraham fought a military campaign, received the promise of God, doubted God’s promise, challenged God’s decisions, bargained on behalf of an evil city, lost his wife to another man twice, sent away one son, and considered killing another.  All this from the man who “believed the LORD, and it was credited it to him as righteousness.”  Let us travel through the wilderness together, seeing through the eyes of the Bible character, as a Bedouin named Abram becomes a great leader named Abraham.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Elisha, the People's Prophet

When the prophetic mantle passes from Elijah to Elisha, Elisha enters his ministry blessed with a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.  His story, therefore, is told with vigor and vivid detail, making him live as few Old Testament characters do.  As the Lord’s representative, he has much to teach us about serving God’s people in an effort to bring them back from their worship of other gods.  This course is designed to present Elisha’s story in a way that will encourage us to do the same, no matter what the cost.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

163W Extra-Ordinary Women of the Bible

Who is an ezer?  Are you?  Would you want to be?  How can women who lived thousands of years ago possibly have anything to say to us in the 21st century?  Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Hannah, Rahab, Ruth, Mary, Dorcas, and Priscilla may be familiar names, but doe we truly know who they were—as women?  The objective of this study is multifaceted, but also simple:  to hear the voice of the Lord in His Word through these women chosen to be revealed for us in His Word and to see Him change our own lives to better reflect His grace, love, and purpose.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

164 The Intertestament Period

What happend between the end of the Old Testament to Matthew?  Were there really 450 silent years, with the people of God in a holding pattern, or was God working behind the scenes to prepare for "the fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4)?  This course will cover the people and events in and around the Promised Land during this exciting time.

 

164M The History of Israel During the Maccabean Revolt

The Maccabean Revolt is one of the earliest nationalist movements in Israel.  This spontaneous movement began as an unorganized response to the spread of Hellenism and the desecration of the Temple during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes.  The refusal to capitulate to the dominant powers has become an example to all liberation movement.  The study of the Maccabean Revolt proves the tenacity of Israel to fight for survival under the most inauspicious circumstances.  We will examine both volumes of the Maccabees to learn about the revolt and why this story is  very important in Israel’s history.

 

165A New Testament Survey: Gospels and Acts

The foundation for the New Testament is found in the four Gospels and Acts.  The rest of the New Testament cannot be understood apart from this historical section.  Four portraits of Jesus' life, message, and mission are examined as recorded in the Gospels.  The book of Acts will be discussed regarding the immense impact of the early Church's thrust to change the world.  The course goals are for you to understand the theme of each book and to find new ways to apply the life-changing truths to your life.

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

165B New Testament Survey: Romans - Revelation

Building on the foundation of the historical books in 165A, this study will focus on the other 22 books, the culmination of God’s holy Scriptures.  The themes and general purposes of the Pauline Epistles, General Epistles, and the book of Revelation will be emphasized.  In addition, there will be discussion on applying the truths essential to a dynamic Christian witness.

Fulfills a Bible survey requirement for a Core Certificate.

 

New Testament Intensives

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 165A and 165B

This 2-year certificate program will enable the student to study the 27 books of the New Testament in chronological order.  As is true of the Old Testament, the canonical order of the New Testament is not the sequence of when each book was written.  This chronological approach will place each book in the sequence it was written and/or occurred.  The study of the Pauline epistles particularly will be enlightening as each is placed in the time line of Acts.

 

165C New Testament Intensive: The Gospels

In the beginning . . . so begins John’s Gospel account.  Just as the Pentateuch are the books of beginning for the Old Testament, so the Gospels are the books of beginning for the New Testament.  God promised that Messiah would come.  For 400 years between the testaments, God worked in history to prepare the way for His plan of redemption to be finalized.  God who transcends time, stepped into time.  God the Son took on flesh to reveal the Father’s plan.  The Gospels reveal the Messiah who came to fulfill the Old Testament’s promise of redemption.  The person for blessing had come!

 

165D New Testament Intensive: Acts/Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, James

God’s redemption is for Jew and Gentile alike.  Christ commands His disciples to take that message to all.  With the birth of the Church, God now works through His people to bring the message of redemption to the world.  The Church must also keep this message pure and true.

 

165E New Testament Intensive: Acts/1 and 2 Corinthians

As the Church grows, it must learn to conduct itself properly in order to be the witness and blessing it should be.  God uses His servant Paul to instruct the Church how to live corporately and as individual believers.  The Church must live righteously if its witness of redemption is to be a blessing to the world.

 

165F New Testament Intensive: Romans

The Church has expanded far and wide as evidenced by Paul’s letter to the Romans.  God’s plan of redemption as prophesied has become the means of blessing for all who will believe the Gospel.

 

165G New Testament Intensive: Acts/Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians

Paul instructs the Church to stand in and for God’s truth.  The Church cannot allow the world to infiltrate; otherwise, the Gospel message is heard less.  The Church must guard its beliefs in order for the Gospel message to reach the world.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $130.

 

165H New Testament Intensive: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Jude

Paul instructs the Church to persevere by making sure that the younger generation is taught the truth of the Gospel, the need to proclaim it, and to pass the torch to each successive generation.  The Church needs leaders who will make sure the truth is preserved and shared.  Jude also exhorts the Church to live holy lives and guard the Gospel message from those who work to pervert it.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

165I New Testament Intensive: 1 and 2 Peter, Hebrews

Paul instructs the Church to persevere by making sure that the younger generation is taught the truth of the Gospel, the need to proclaim it, and to pass the torch to each successive generation.  The Church needs leaders who will make sure the truth is preserved and shared.  Jude also exhorts the Church to live holy lives and guard the Gospel message from those who work to pervert it.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

165J New Testament Intensive: 1, 2, 3 John, Revelation

In the end, God’s plan of redemption will come to a complete fulfillment.  The apostle John, who witnessed the beginning of the completion of God’s plan in the person and life of Jesus Christ, encourages the Church to continue the course God set her on.  Then, John is privileged to witness the future culmination of God’s redemption.  All who have put faith in the Messiah will share in that eternal victory and blessing.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

166 The Book of Matthew

Matthew, the former tax-collector and later an apostle of the Lord Jesus, wrote the first gospel in the New Testament to a believing Jewish audience in Judea in the first half of the first century a.d.  His purpose was to demonstrate that the Lord Jesus was the King of Israel and also the fulfillment of all that was written and spoken by the Hebrew prophets.  This class will emphasize the Jewishness of the Lord Jesus and set the gospel of Matthew in its Jewish context.  We will survey the gospel and look at important themes that Matthew wrote about.  An examination will be given of the birth narratives (1–2), the Sermon on the Mount (5–7), the miracles of the Lord Jesus (8–9), the parables of the Kingdom (13), the Denunciation of the Pharisees (23), the Olivet discourse (24–25), and the final week and after (26–28).

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

167 The Book of Mark

Monday:

The gospel of Mark is a beautiful and brief description of our Lord’s life and death.  Join us we study this earliest of the gospel records and revel in its witness of Jesus as one who declares His Kingdom and defeats evil.

Thursdays:

A great deal is said about faith today in the Christian community.  Some of these doctrines are opposed to what the Bible really teaches about faith.  One of the dominant themes in the Gospel of Mark is faith.  Along with other motifs, we will explore what Jesus said about faith in Mark.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

168 The Book of Luke

Who is Luke?  Why did he write?  What was his perspective on the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Understanding the book of Luke gives you an opportunity to understand Jesus Christ in a way that is not communicated in any of the other Gospels.  Luke gives us a more detailed approach about the life and surroundings of Jesus Christ.  Not only will you learn about Christ but you will also learn about the communities and the people He had a powerful impact upon.  You will also learn how to apply this to your daily living.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

169 The Book of John

This is a course that is vital to our Christian development—a must study for every believer.  This will be a concentrated look on a very pivotal gospel of Jesus Christ.  The book of John looks at Jesus Christ from a very unique perspective that is unlike the other gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  This class will give you a deep and intriguing understanding about Jesus and His disciples.  You will walk away knowing Jesus Christ in a way you have never known before.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

171 The Book of Acts

The book of Acts shows the progression of the Gospel from its roots in Jerusalem to the center of the Western civilized world as the disciples sought to be Christ’s witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  But Luke had other reasons for writing the Acts of the Apostles:  social reasons, political reasons, strategic reasons.  Together we will examine the complexity and controversy surrounding the book of Acts.

 

172 Paul's Letter to the Romans

Throughout the centuries since it was written, discerning Christians have recognized that, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Paul’s epistle to the Romans is his climatic work, and even in many respects the supreme work of God’s revelation in the Bible.  The sublime value of this work means that even at the present time, believers need to understand the teachings of this remarkable book.  This course will present the systematic manner in which Paul covered the subjects of justification, sanctification, theodicy, and practical application of these doctrines that truly define Biblical Christianity.

 

173A Paul's Letter to the Corinthians

The Apostle Paul received two letters, one from the Corinthian church and one from Chloe’s household.  Paul’s response covered all manner of issues concerning life and doctrine:  divisions and quarrels, sexual immorality, lawsuits among believers, marriage and singleness, freedom in Christ, order in worship, the significance of the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts and the resurrection.  Perhaps no single book in the New Testament reveals more about Christian behavior or about the Apostle who wrote it.

 

Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians

The second letter of Paul to the Corinthians is one that does not always get the attention it deserves.  The letter is unique among Paul’s writings, even in comparison to 1 Corinthians.  The challenge in understanding the epistle is to see not the good order of the church (1 Corinthians) but its ministry.  The proclamation of the ministry of reconciliation accomplished for believers must be understood today as it was when Paul urged it acceptance by the church in Corinth.

 

174 Paul's Letter to the Galatians

Emissaries from Jerusalem, hot on Paul’s heels, had come to the Galatian churches, telling the believers that their faith was insufficient because it needed to be supplemented by the Mosaic Law.  Paul argued against this teaching emphatically and extensively in his epistle to the Galatians.  It was an extremely serious matter.  The claims of the false teachers struck at the center of his ministry, even at the center of his life’s work.  This epistle is Paul’s reply to those who would impose the burdensome system of law and thus deprive the believers of their liberty in believing on the Lord Jesus.

 

175 Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

This course will be a verse-by-verse study of this letter which is foundational for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, both as to the doctrine of the Church and practical living in His Church.  We will be asking, What does He want to do in my life through this wonderful book?

 

176 Paul's Letter to the Philippians

This course will be a verse-by-verse study of a this letter given for you to learn how you can joyfully do your part in spreading the Gospel, with deep self-giving and oneness with your fellow-believers.

 

177 Colossians--Christ Is All and All I Need

This course will be a verse-by-verse study of the New Testament epistle of Colos-sians, emphasizing the letter’s theological and practical Christology.

 

178 1 and 2 Thessalonians

A church is wrestling with when Christ’s second coming will occur.  Factions are developing and people’s faith is being tested.  Some are expecting the Savior’s return tomorrow and some believe it may have already happened.  This is the church in Thessalonica.  Our extended study will search deeply into the Scriptures and provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for these two great letters.

 

180A Titus: The Man, the Message, and the Mission

This class will examine the life of Titus, a fellow-worker with the Apostle Paul, and immerse ourselves into the culture of the First-Century AD society on the Island of Crete.  In so doing, a deeper appreciation of the words of the Apostle Paul as he instructs his associate, Titus, and by extension, the churches on Crete, on how to live godly lives in an ungodly society.

This immersion into the culture will be done by looking at the history, archaeology, geography, and ancient sources that relate to First-Century AD Crete.  It is only when one grasps the culture of the island that the words of the epistle of Titus take on a sharper meaning and can be properly applied to the 21st century culture that the church is in.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

182M Mysteries of the New Testament

The idea of a “mystery” sounds strange, at first, as a description of New Testament doctrine.  Found mostly in the epistles of Paul, the concept does not mean something obscure or hard to understand, but something that was hidden and now revealed for believers in the church.  This course will examine 14 such truths that are particularly relevant in these last days.  The word “mystery” is mentioned 27 times in the New Testament, and it is the great privilege of believers of this age to understand these great doctrinal truths in order to have a balanced outlook on the program of God.  We should not be ignorant of them (1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thes. 4:13).

 

183 The Letter to the Hebrews

So which one is better:  Christianity or the Law?  The sacrificial Savior or the sacrificial system?  How does Christ stack up against angelology, ancestral worship, Moses, Joshua, and to the high-priesthood of the Levitical Kohen Gadol?  And can you lose your salvation?  We will answer these questions and more as we study the book of Hebrews.

 

184 The Epistle of James: Be Doers of the Word

James, the son of Zebedee, wrote the Epistle of James based on the sayings of the Lord Jesus.  This illustrated class will examine the historical, geographical, and cultural context of this epistle.  Practical lessons for the believer will be drawn from the text.

 

189 The Book of Revelation

This book by the Apostle John perhaps provokes more questions and controversy than any other book of the Bible.  The purpose of this course is to give a clear presentation of the book’s logical progression, based on a straightforward explanation of the text of the book.  Dealing with the book in this way allows it to speak for itself, which shows that the book is not that hard to understand.  The Lord’s future return to earth, the basic subject of Revelation from beginning to end was not intended by God to confuse the readers.  “For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet” (1 Cor. 15:25 - KJV).

 

189D Letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3

The Lord Jesus sent seven letters, written by the Apostle John, to seven churches in Asia Minor.  This class will examine the historical, geographical, archaeological, and cultural context of these churches at the end of the first century A.D. and see what application can be made for the Church in the twenty-first century.

 

190G 2 Peter and Jude: Contending for the One True Faith

Clearly, the redemptive potential of the church seems compromised during our present age.  Tolerance and pluralism seems more and more regarded as ultimate virtue.  These epistles serves as a modern-day survival manual, teaching us how to deal effectively with false teachers and their followers who have influenced and infiltrated the ranks of our church.  Godly wisdom and discernment are essential for every church leader.  No other portion of Scripture depicts with such clarity how we are to live in the midst of widespread apostasy.

 

191A Background to Jesus' Early Ministry

To fully appreciate and understand the teachings of the Lord Jesus, the Bible student must have an appreciation for the world in which Jesus lived.  This course will concentrate on the birth of the Lord Jesus as well as the early ministry of Jesus in Galilee.  Special attention will be given to the background of His early parables, sayings, and discourses, especially the Sermon on the Mount.  The cities of Galilee and the fishing industry will be targeted and illustrated with PowerPoint.

 

191B Background to Jesus' Later Ministry

To fully appreciate and understand the teachings of the Lord Jesus, the Bible student must have an appreciation for the world in which Jesus lived.  This course will concentrate on the later ministry of Jesus in Judea, Perea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.  PowerPoint will illustrate the geography of these areas in order to bring more understanding to Jesus’ later parables, sermons, and discourses.  The events of the Last Week in Jerusalem as well as the archaeology of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus will be discussed.

 

191M The Miracles of Jesus

At least 35 different miracles of Jesus of Nazareth are recorded in the Gospels.  These miracles demonstrate both the might power of Jesus, as well as His deep compassion for people.  Most importantly, the supernatural acts of the Savior prove that He is God’s Son.  This course will enable you not only to see Jesus in a new way during His earthly ministry, but will help you gain confidence in His continuing work of love in the twenty-first century.

 

191P Parables: The Communication Method of Jesus Christ

Everything Jesus said is vital.  For much of what He said, He said in parables.  What are parables?  Why did he speak in such a manner?  Are they even applicable to our lives today?  In this course, we will analyze the literary structure of a parable and compare it to other literary structures.  We will discuss the parables and apply them.  By understanding the parables we will understand our Lord Jesus Christ.  For He said “to those on the outside everything is said in parables.”

 

192 The Life, Letters, and Travels of the Apostle Paul

History and geography play a very important role in the life, travels, and writings of the Apostle Paul.  This class will follow the footsteps of Paul from his hometown of Tarsus through his four missionary journeys until he is beheaded in Rome.  Special attention will be given to the geography, archaeology, and chronology of his travels as recorded in the Book of Acts.

 

192A The Apostle Paul in Athens and Corinth

On the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey, he visited and ministered in the cities of Athens and Corinth.  The former being the “cradle of democracy and philosophy” and the latter being the commercial center for Achaia.  This class will examine the history, archaeology, geography, and material culture of these two cities and the surrounding area in order to understand the ministry of the Apostle Paul as well as the epistles he wrote to the church at Corinth.  Lessons will be drawn from these two cities in the 1st century A.D. in order to more effectively reach New York City in the 21st century A.D.

 

193P The Life and Letters of Peter

This course is meant to be a brief theological summary of the two epistles of Peter.  Rich in encouragement and deep in meaning, we will “taste and see” what these letters offer, and examine the joy found in them, a joy that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.”  We will examine the life of Peter in week one, 1 Peter in weeks 2–4, and 2 Peter in weeks 5–7.

 

194A The Old Testament in the New Testament: Transformed Texts

There are about 345 direct Old Testament quotations in the New Testament.  Additionally, there are over 2,000 allusions and verbal parallels of the Old Testament found in the New Testament.  This class will examine the Old Testament context of a selection of passages that find “fulfillment” or use in the New Testament, and how the Old Testament passages are transformed by the New Testament speakers and writers in marvelous and intriguing ways.

 

194B The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament

Examine the major events in the Old Testament as they become motifs (themes) for later use by the prophets and psalmists as they are directed by God to communicate the drama of redemption in the Old Testament.

 

195A Cultural Setting of the Old Testament

In this course we will examine some of the linguistic, social, and cultural customs and habits of the Ancient Near East during the Old Testament eras.  This will include such matters as covenants, marriages, commerce, and religious practices.  The course will include not only those customs unique to Israel, but also of the neighbors with whom she interacted.  By the end of the seven weeks, the student should have a better understanding of the Old Testament setting and practices.

 

195N The World of the NT in the Museums of NYC

New York City is rich in museums and some even have exhibitions that illustrate the Biblical world.  This three-Saturday course will explore the world of the New Testament in two of these museums.  The first Saturday, June 4, we will have a half-day lecture at NYSB on the Biblically-related objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The next Saturday, June 11, we will have a lecture on and then visit the temporary exhibition, “Gods and Mortals at Olympus” at the Onassis Center on 5th Avenue.  This special exhibit is a collection of artifacts from the Macedonian city of Dion where the Apostle Paul probably embarked on a ship to Athens (Acts 17:14).  What would he have seen in the city and what would have been his strategy in reaching it with the gospel?  The following Saturday, June 18, we will visit the Met and see the world of the New Testament and the different gods and goddesses that the early Church confronted; burial practices; objects of daily life; athletic objects; and much more.  This course will visit the New Testament world without even leaving New York City.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Island Hopping with the Apostles

Without getting seasick, enjoy a “cruise” on the Mediterranean Sea and visit the islands where several of the apostles and their epistles went during the Early Church.  This class will discuss the historical-geographical and archaeological background, as well as the material culture, for each island the apostles visited.  The missionary strategy of the Apostle Paul will be discussed along with how he might have presented the Gospel in a cross-cultural setting.  This “cruise” will be given by a PowerPoint presentation.
Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

196 Cracked-pot Archaeology

This class will examine the wild, wacky, and weird claims by pseudo-archaeologists, adventurers, and con-men who have perpetrated their worthless ideas on an ignorant and gullible evangelical community.  This course is ideal for pastors and Sunday School teachers who have been bombarded with questions about the “real” locations of Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples, Mount Sinai, Noah’s Ark, and the Ark of the Covenant.  Also, some of the recent attacks on the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will be examined and refuted.

 

196A Introduction to Old Testament Archaeology

Archaeology is a useful tool for illustrating the Biblical text and providing background to the life and times of the Biblical events.  It also can be used to refute the critics that claim the Bible is not historically reliable.  This class will survey different periods of the Old Testament and examine the archaeological discoveries that can illustrate the text as well as refute the critics.  The topics that will be covered are the introduction to Biblical Archaeology; the archaeology of the book of Genesis, Exodus, the Conquest, and Judges; the archaeology of the United Monarchy, the Divided Monarchy, and the Post Exilic Period.

 

196N Introduction to New Testament Archaeology

Archaeology is a useful tool for illustrating the Biblical text and providing background to the life and times of the Biblical events.  It also can be used to refute the critics that claim the Bible is not historically reliable.  After an introduction to Biblical Archaeology, this class will look at the archaeology connected with the Life of the Lord Jesus; the travels of the Apostle Paul; the Epistle of James; and the letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation.

 

197 The Geography of the Bible

In preparation for the NYSB trip to Israel, this class will discuss the different regions of the Land of Israel and how each relate to the Biblical text.  The Promised Land has been described as the testing ground of faith for the people of God.  The flora, fauna, and weather cycle will help to illustrate this as well as the uniqueness of each region of the Land.  Lectures will be on the regions of Galilee, the Jordan Rift Valley, the Hill Countries of Ephraim and Manasseh and Judah, the Shephelah, the Land of Benjamin, the Coastal Plain, and the Negev.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the December 26, 2016–January 5, 2017 tour.  See the catalog’s inside front cover for trip details.

 

197D Israel: Land and Nature

The Bible was written by farmers and shepherds, to farmers and shepherds using the language of agriculture and nature.  A student may not appreciate this language living in New York City.  This class will concentrate on the phrase “the land of milk and honey,” the Feasts of the Lord, the agricultural and weather cycle, and the plants, trees, animals, and birds of the Bible.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the December 26, 2016–January 5, 2017 tour but cannot attend course 197.  See the catalog’s inside front cover for trip details.

 

197G Preparation for the Greece Tour

In preparation for our tour to Greece this spring, this class will discuss each site to be visited in order to maximize our time at each site.  The history, archaeology, and geography will be covered as well as the spiritual lessons to be learned from each site.  Practical tips for how to prepare for the trip will be given, i.e. what to wear, what to expect, etc.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the March 15–25 tour.  See the page 81 for trip details. 

 

198A Historical Setting of the Old Testament

The Old Testament reveals God’s working in the Hebrew people, and how He used, among other things, the history, politics, and interaction with Israel’s Gentile neighbors to accomplish His plan.  This class will examine Biblical history and the backgrounds of those neighbors to better understand the sovereign will of God, Israel’s lack of faith and obedience, and God’s discipline and grace in response.

 

198N Historical Setting of the New Testament

Have you ever wanted to pronounce difficult names of people and places in the Bible?  Do you want to learn more about the places the Apostle Paul visited during his three missionary journeys?  How would you like to know more about the tension that existed between the first century Jewish sects, especially the Pharisees and the Sadducees?  This course will examine these and more issues peculiar to the history of the first century in Palestine.

 

199J Jerusalem, the City of the Great King

Jerusalem has fascinated, enthralled, and moved pilgrims, tourists, and students of the Bible for years.  The prophets called the city a “cup of trembling” (Zech. 12:2) and recorded that it was the center of the earth (Ezek. 5:5).  The psalmist sang that it was the “city of the Great King” (Ps. 48.2).  The Lord said He would “place His name” in the city (Deut. 16:6, 11, 15) and He did (2 Chron. 6:20).  The Lord Jesus wept over the city (Luke 19:41) and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church there (Acts 2).  Discipleship, as manifested by the people of God, had its theological roots in the city.  Our instructor has lived and taught in Jerusalem as well as worked on archaeological excavations in and around the city for a number of years.  He will bring his firsthand knowledge and experience to this class.  The topics that will be discussed are:  The Geography of Jerusalem; The Jerusalem of David; Solomon and the Prophets; The Jerusalem of Jesus and the early Church.

 

199S Slavery, the Bible, and Practical Christian

Does the Bible condone slavery?  Is there a Biblical origin of the “races”?  What is the Biblical answer to racism?  What do the Old Testament and New Testament say about slavery?  This class will examine what the Bible says about these subjects as well as the theology of the abolitionists and the pro-slavery advocates.  The history of slavery in New York City as well as the Biblical themes in Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be discussed.  In conclusion, the Apostle Paul’s “Emancipation Proclamation”, the book of Philemon, will be expounded.

NOTE:  The Saturday tour, “A History of Slavery in New York City:  A Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan,” will be a component of this course.  Students registered for 199S will not incur an additional charge for the tour.  Students nor registered for the course are welcome to register for and join the group on the tour.  Please see pages 74–75 of the catalog, or 715 under the NYSB - Seminary Tours for tour details.