Master of Theology Degree
The MA in Religious Studies is an accelerated 8-10month program that provides opportunities for students with a previous background in the academic study of religion to expand their knowledge of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of religion, develop in-depth knowledge of religious practices, and acquire proficiency in Christian leadership and ministry. The student wishing to receive an MA degree is required to take a minimum of 40 credit hours of coursework.
Master’s Research Requirement: Each Masters’ student shall identify a potential research topic of interest which shall be approved by the Dean or designated research paper supervisor. Research topics should be closely related to the coursework studied in the master’s program. The research paper must follow the established research guidelines and formatting. The paper will be evaluated on a "Satisfactory/Not-Satisfactory" basis by the research paper supervisor and a second evaluator, suggested by the supervisor.
BIBL LANG 101 INTODUCTION TO BIBLICAL LANGUAGES
This course is an introduction to Classical Hebrew and Koine Greek with an emphasis on equipping the student to use commentaries, lexica, Bible software, and other language resources. Introduces students to the history, alphabet, grammatical terminology, and basic features of each Biblical language.
This course is a study of the pivotal methods and interpretative principles involved in discerning the meaning of the biblical text. Topics covered include essential steps in interpreting the Bible, the variety of methods and approaches available to the contemporary student of Scripture, historical and theological issues arising out of the interpretive task, the relationship between the testaments, word studies and literary genre. Students learn to use the standard tools of advanced biblical research.
APOL-AP301 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS
The course will seek to formulate the rational basis for believing in Christian theism, with responses to objections and critiques of competing worldviews. Apologetics is the study of how to give reasons for our Christian hope (1 Pet 3:15). The course has three parts: I. Christian Theory of Knowledge, II. Historic and Contemporary Views of Apologetic Method, III. Topics in Apologetics. In the first part, we shall ask what Scripture says about human knowledge, particularly the process by which a non-Christian comes to know Christ. The second part will deal with the controversy over how to do
apologetics, discussing representatives of different apologetic schools. The third part will discuss issues under debate between Christians and non-Christians: the existence of God, the truth of Scripture, the problem of evil, and the currents of modern and postmodern thought.
BIBLE OT 205-THE BOOK OF DANIEL I
This course provides an in-depth study and commentary of the book of Daniel focusing on the prophetic message as the paradigm for understanding biblical Prophecy. The prophecies of the book of Daniel are foundational for an understanding of a Dispensational/Premillenial perspective and forms the basis for an understanding of all prophecy.
BIBLE OT 206-THE BOOK OF DANIEL II
This course is a continuation of the in-dept study and commentary of the book of Daniel. Students continue with a verse-by-verse exegetical study through the book of Daniel.
BIBL NT 204 THE BOOK OF REVELATION I
This course is a 2-part course that is a verse-by-verse historical, doctrinal and eschatological study of Revelations. It is designed to guide the student in a study of the final and somewhat unique book of the canon, namely, Revelation. Special emphasis will be placed on the genre issue, the different hermeneutical approaches to the book, crucial interpretive issues, the book’s literary structure and
artistry, and its distinctively high Christology. We will also discuss the important question of teaching and applying the book in our present-day, apocalyptically fearful/sensitive setting.
BIBL NT 205 THE BOOK OF REVELATION II
This course is a continuation of Revelation I and includes the Book of Daniel. It is an expository study of the two major apocalyptic books of the Bible-Revelation and Daniel. It emphasizes the relationship of these two prophetic books.