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BI 500 New Testament Fundamentals (3) Offered online: Fall odd, Spring odd, Summer even. This course is provided for the student without previous academic exposure to the Bible. Students survey the books of the New Testament and examine the major themes and writers.
BI 503 Advanced New Testament (3) Offered on campus: Fall even; online: Fall even, Summer odd. Prereq.: BI 500 (or New Testament Survey on undergraduate level) or student in Bible exposition or graduate certificate program. Students examine all three disciplines of advanced New Testament studies (history/background, New Testament introduction, and New Testament biblical theology) from the perspective of the absolute integrity of the New Testament text. These three disciplines are applied to the understanding of the New Testament books as well as the personal and practical application of the New Testament to life and ministry.
BI 505 Bible Geography (3) Offered online: Spring. Students study the geographical settings and features in which the biblical narrative unfolds. Particular attention is given to geographical considerations which influence the understanding and application of the text for a contemporary audience.
BI 510 Old Testament Fundamentals (3) Offered online: Fall even, Spring even, Summer odd. This course enables the student without previous academic exposure to the Bible to survey the books of the Old Testament and examine the major themes and writers.
BI 513 Advanced Old Testament (3) Offered on campus: Spring even; online: Fall, Spring even. Prereq.: BI 510 (or Old Testament Survey on undergraduate level) or student in Bible exposition or graduate certificate program. Students explore the Old Testament with in-depth readings on the backgrounds and contents of each Old Testament book. In addition to lectures and class discussions, students research the Old Testament canon, text, and inspiration, and trace God’s unfolding plan to redeem and bless all people through the Messiah.
BI 519 Post-Exilic Prophets (3) The focus of this course is on the books of Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Malachi. Students will analyze God’s dealing with Israel after the exile.
BI 520 I and II Thessalonians (3) This course introduces the church at Thessalonica, reviewing the start of this church in Acts 17 during Paul’s second missionary journey. Students learn content, doctrines, and applications by means of a careful exposition of Paul’s two epistles to the Thessalonians.
BI 525 Life of Paul (3) This course, based on a chronology of Paul’s life, teaches the student to glean important principles for the Christian walk from the life of Paul as revealed in Acts and in Paul’s writings.
BI 534 Principles of Bible Interpretation (3) Offered Spring. The students will learn principles and methods of effective Bible interpretation, including a grammatical-historical and contextual-based interpretative philosophy that promotes accurate understanding and communication of the text.
BI 547 Epistle of James (3) Offered online: Fall. This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Epistle of James. Students will focus on practical Christian living with an emphasis on such topics as trials, temptation, and faith and works.
BI 553 United Monarchy (3) This course discusses the transition from the theocracy to the monarchy with an emphasis on the development of the monarchy in the life of Israel. Students glean practical principles of leadership from the reigns of King Saul, David, and Solomon.
BI 554 Divided Monarchy (3) Students trace developments that led to the division of the monarchy, chronicle life in the Divided Kingdoms, and draw significant principles for modern ministry.
BI 560 Minor Prophets (3) This course is an in-depth study of the 12 books of the Minor Prophets. Students analyze the office and ministry of the Old Testament prophet, the nature and purpose of Hebrew prophecy, and the Day of the LORD as found in the Minor Prophets.
BI 564 Ezekiel (3) Students participate in an in-depth exposition of Ezekiel with a threefold emphasis on the glory and holiness of God, the seriousness and ramifications of sin, and the distinction of Israel and the Church. There will be a focus on the practical principles and applications for daily living and successful service for the Lord.
BI 606 Acts (3) Offered on campus and online: Spring. An exposition of Acts, where students concentrate on the history of the spread of the gospel in the early church and the development of the Church and its doctrine.
BI 610 Daniel (3) Offered online: Fall odd, Spring odd. As a key eschatological book, Daniel provides lessons of great importance to the Christian today. Students examine the book verse by verse, learning major themes and discussing issues pertinent to the church.
BI 614 Revelation (3) Offered on campus: Spring even; online: Spring even, Summer odd. An exposition of the book of Revelation with emphasis placed upon Christ as the central Person of the book. Students learn practical lessons of faithfulness and service to God in these final days before Christ’s return.
BI 618 I and II Corinthians (3) Students analyze the church problems addressed by Paul: factionalism; immorality; church discipline; Christians taking other believers to court; and marriage, divorce, and remarriage. They also study the teachings of Paul regarding spiritual gifts, public worship, the resurrection of Christ, full-time vocational ministry, and giving to the local church.
BI 622 Romans (3) Offered on campus: Fall odd; online: Fall odd, Summer even. Students engage in a detailed exposition of the book of Romans, comprehending its theology at much greater depth than is achieved in a survey course.
BI 634 Epistle to the Hebrews (3) The student learns the background of the Epistle to the Hebrews and demonstrates understanding of a thorough exposition of the epistle.
BI 635 Christ in the Old Testament (3) Offered online: Fall even, Summer odd. Students examine selected Old Testament passages which point to the Messiah and His second coming.
BI 639 Johannine Epistles and Jude (3) Offered online: Spring odd, Summer even. Students engage in a thorough exposition of the epistles of John and Jude, giving emphasis to love, Christian hospitality, and defending the faith.
BI 670 Jeremiah and Lamentations (3) Offered online: Fall odd, Summer even. This detailed exposition of the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations focuses the student on applications for the pastor, the local church, and the individual believer.
BI 673 Proverbs (3) Offered online: Summer. The wisdom shared through the book of Proverbs contains practical lessons for the Christian today. Students examine practical applications of wisdom to daily living.
BI 674 Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon (3) This in-depth study of Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon teaches the student applications of godly wisdom to successful Christian living.
BI 675 Genesis (3) Offered on campus: Spring odd; online: Fall even, Spring even. This exegetical study of the book of Genesis achieves much greater depth than is possible in a survey course and trains students to defend the biblical doctrine of creation and the biblical history of mankind.
BI 684 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3) Offered on campus: Fall even; online: Fall even, Summer odd. Students examine the life and teachings of Jesus based on a harmony of the four Gospels. Helpful backgrounds from the Intertestamental period are referenced.