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Course Descriptions for Masters Programs

Courses are not listed in a strictly recommended sequence.

TP 2101 and TP 2501 are prerequisites to all other courses. All courses are 2 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

BIBLICAL STUDIES (B 1000 )

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (B 1100 )

B 1101 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
For beginners, an introduction to the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the Hebrew language.

B 1102 - Hebrew Grammar and Exegesis
A continuation of B 1101 with selected readings from the Hebrew text and an introduction to the 43
methods and resources for exegesis. Prerequisite: B 1101

B 1103 - Introduction to Biblical Greek
For beginners, an introduction to the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of Biblical Greek.

B 1104 - Greek Grammar and Exegesis
A continuation of B 1111 with selected readings from the Greek text and an introduction to the methods and resources for exegesis. Prerequisite: B 1103

B 1125 - Advanced Biblical Study with Hebrew Language
An exegetical study of a book or selected readings from the Old Testament toward the teaching and preaching of the text. Special emphasis will be given to the use of exegetical resources for evaluating and communicating the meaning of the text. Prerequisites: B 1101-02, B 1301-2, B1701-02

B 1130 - Advanced Biblical Study with Greek Language
An exegetical study of selected New Testament readings, with special emphasis toward the task of preaching and teaching of the text. Emphasis will be given to the use of exegetical resources for evaluating and communicating the meaning of the text. Texts may include: The Sermon on the Mount, Ephesians, Thessalonians Correspondence. Prerequisites: B 1103-4, B 1501-2, B 1701-02.

OLD TESTAMENT  (B  1300)

B 1301 - Old Testament Interpretation I
This course is a general survey of the Old Testament history, literature and theology. It is designed to introduce students to the contents of the Old Testament and the literary artistry of the text. Students are exposed to the various critical approaches to the study of the Old Testament. This module focuses on the Pentateuch/Hexateuch, exodus/covenant, and the inception of the monarchy.

B 1302 - Old Testament Interpretation II
This course is a continuation of B 1301. Old Testament Introduction II focuses on the development and subsequent division of the monarchy, exilic and postexilic writings, with emphasis on the prophetic, wisdom, poetic and apocalyptic literature. Students are also introduced to the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books. Prerequisite: B 1301

Prerequisite for all further OT: B 1301-2; and if the professor requires, B 1101-02

B 1325 - The Psalms: Theology that Sings
An examination of the text through the prism of theology and hymnody.

NEW TESTAMENT  (B  1500 )

B 1501 - New Testament Introduction I
This course introduces students to the literature, methods of interpretation, and various questions of critical study of the New Testament. It is designed to help students acquaint themselves with the philosophical and religious context of the Greco-Roman world and of Judaism contemporaneous with the beginnings of Christianity. New Testament.

B 1502 - New Testament Introduction II
This course is a continuation of B 1501, focusing on the life of Paul and his letters, the Pastorals, Hebrews, the General/Catholic epistles, and Revelation. The course also exposes students to the extra-canonical writings that relate to the foundational period of Christianity. Prerequisite: B 1501.

Prerequisite for all further NT: B 1501-2; and if the professor requires, B 1103-4

B 1529 - Sermon on the Mount
An exploration of the exegetical and theological issues in Jesus teaching to his disciples.

B 1532 - Revelation
A study of the Book of Revelation. It considers the nature and purpose of ancient apocalyptic literature; studies the book of Revelation in its social, historical literary and religious contexts; and investigates how the Book of Revelation has been interpreted (or misinterpreted?) in contemporary thought.

B 1535 - Church, Culture and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians
This is an advanced exploration of the influence of culture, secular ethics, and social conventions on the emerging Christian community at Corinth in the first century CE. Special attention is given to Paul’s strategies for dealing with the issues raised in the letter and their relevance for today.

B 1527 - Romans
This course is an advanced seminar on the theological exegesis of Romans. The course reviews the history of interpretation of Romans and employs critical methodologies to the discussion of the text. Special attention is given to hermeneutical reflections on the text for preaching and teaching.

B 1543 – Theology and Ministry of Paul
A study of Acts and Paul's letters to examine Paul's ministry and theology. This calss will address the big questions concerning whether Acts is an authentic portrayal of Paul, the implications of the "New Perspective" on the Jewish law, and Paul's role as a pioneer of the faith.

HERMENEUTICS (B 1700 )

B 1701 - Biblical Interpretation I: Hermeneutics
An introduction to modern principles of biblical hermeneutics, with special emphasis on contributions
by contemporary philosophy and biblical scholarship.

B 1702 - Biblical Interpretation II: Exegesis
An introduction to biblical exegesis, with special emphasis on the student’s capacity to interpret specific selections from the biblical text. Prerequisite: B 1701

THEOLOGICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES (TP 2000)

THEOLOGY  (TP 2100 )

TP 2101 - Introduction to Theological Studies

A general overview of the various tasks and disciplines of theology, including Historical, Systematic,
Pastoral & Biblical Theology. This course is prerequisite for all subsequent courses of study in theology.

Prerequisite for all Theology electives: TP 2101, 2501, HC 3111-4

 

TP 2125 - The Theology of Karl Barth
The background, theological method, main emphases and significance of Karl Barth’s theology.

TP 2135 – Modern Theology
A historical survey of the major figures and intellectual movements shaping theology from Schleiermacher to Wittgenstein.

SEE Integrated Seminars (IS  5000)

CHRISTIAN ETHICS  (TP  2300)

TP 2301 - Introduction to Christian Ethics
A course designed to introduce the student to the basic terminology and methods of Christian ethical decision-making. Some of the issues considered may include, but are not limited to: issues in sexual ethics, aspects of medical ethics, civil disobedience and environmental ethics.

PHILOSOPHY  (TP  2500)

TP 2501 - Philosophy for Theology
An introduction to the history and problems of philosophy, with special emphasis on the questions of philosophical theology and their implications for theology. Included, the contributions of the following figures: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Wittgenstein.

Prerequisite for all further Philosophy electives: TP 2101 and TP 2501

TP 2521 - Philosophy of Religious Language
An introduction to the linguistic turn in philosophy and its influence in the arena of philosophy of religion and philosophical theology.

TP 2523 - The Philosophy and Theology of Soren Kierkegaard
A study of the background, perspective and influence of Soren Kierkegaard. Special attention is given to Kierkegaard’s idea of ‘becoming’ a Christian.

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES  (HC  3000)

HISTORICAL STUDIES (HC  3100)

HC 3101 - Global Church History
A historical survey of the spread and development of the Christian Church in Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Prerequisite: TP 2101

Prerequisites for all further HC courses: TP 2101, 2501; HC 3101

HC 3111 - Historical Theology I: Patristic Theology
An investigation of the main theological issues, theologians and religious movements from Gnosticism to the Pelagian controversy, from the second to the fifth century. This course provides an initial answer to the question “How did we get this way?” and lays the foundation for understanding the medieval, and contemporary Christian thought.

HC 3112 - Historical Theology II: Medieval Theology
A continuation of HC 3115, which presents the Christian theology from the Semi-Pelagian controversy to via moderna, from the fifth to the fifteenth century. Prerequisite HC 3111

HC 3113 - Historical Theology III: The Theology of Reformations
A continuation of HC 3114, which presents the Christian theology from the Lutheran Reformation to the beginning of the Baptist movement, from the sixteenth to the seventeenth century. Prerequisites HC 3111-2

HC 3114 – Historical Theology IV: Modern and Postmodern Theology
A historical survey of the major figures and intellectual movements shaping theology from Schleiermacher to Wittgenstein and beyond. Prerequisites HC 3111-3

HC 3121 - Baptist History and Identity
An introduction to the history and heritage of Baptists from their origins to the present day, with special attention given to the major theological emphases among Baptists, as well as their literature and institutional heritage. Prerequisites HC 3111-4

HC 3135 - God’s Word My Bible: The Story of the English Bible
This course introduces the story of the English Bible, its translation, and cultural adaptation.

CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE  (HC  3300)

Prerequisites for all HC 33** courses: TP 2101, 2501; HC 3101

 

HC 3317 - Theology and Culture
This course explores how the interpretation of culture shapes the practice of theology.

HC 3315 - Theology and Film
This course explores the theological and cultural intersection of theology with film.

HC 3321 - Theology and Public Life
This course explores the historical and theological foundations of the Christian tradition concerning the nature, purpose and parameters of public vocation. Important figures of interest will include Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Niebuhr and others.

HC3323 - Theology and Work

A spiritually formational inquiry into the values, precepts and world-ordering perspectives that govern the human experience known as "work."


HC 3571 - The Children of Abraham: A Comparative Study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
A presentation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam through the eyes, voices and experiences of religious leaders and lay people who live these faiths. The common heritage and diverse beliefs and religious practices will be explored.

HC 3513 - World Religions
A study of the major world religions represented in the Metropolitan community of Washington,
DC, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

MINISTRY FORMATION  (MF  4000)

Prerequisites for all MF courses: TP 2101

PREACHING  (MF  4100)

MF 4101 - Introduction to Preaching
An introductory course designed to equip the student in the preparation and delivery of sermons, with
emphasis on the practical application of biblical truths in a timely, relevant and informational format
Prerequisite for all advanced courses in Preaching: MF 4101

MF4131 - Masters Sermon

A sermon or presentation given by a senior M.Div. students on a scriptural text chosen together with a faculty supervisor. Preparing and presenting the Masters Sermon is the student's opportunity and obligation to demonstrate his or her competence homiletically, didactically, exegetically, pastorally, and theologically. No credit hours; grading is pass/fail.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION  (MF  4300)

MF 4301 – Spiritual Formation. (No prerequisites)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation. Students will learn about a variety of spiritual formation traditions throughout the history of the Church. Students will engage in spiritual formation practices in the context of a covenanted small group.

THEOLOGY & MINISTRY  (MF  4500)

MF 4501 - Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
An introduction to the theological and practical dimensions of local church ministry, with an emphasis on certain pastoral responsibilities such as weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms, etc.

MF 4503 - The Theology and Practice of Christian Worship
An introduction to the theological foundations, history and practice of Christian worship, with special reference to basic forms and practices of worship.

MF 4505 - Church Administration: Leading the Church through Change
A course designed to prepare students to help churches through transition and change, with special emphasis on organizational strategy, identification of values and vision.

MF 4507 - Christian Education
An introduction to Christian education as a mission of the Church. This course examines the philosophical, theological and psychological foundations of Christian education.

MF 4511 - Pastoral Care and Counseling
This course considers the dual role of the minister as leader and counselor in the church, with special emphasis on seeing the congregation and individuals as part of an emotional system, as well as, learning guidelines and techniques for counseling people at important times of life, such as marriage, birth, death, illness, family crisis, etc.

MF 4515 - Models of Evangelism
An introductory course that explores strategies of evangelism that may be used in the local church.

MISSIONS  (MF  4700)

MF 4701 - Global Perspectives in Ministry and Mission. (No Prerequisites)
A survey of the methodology of mission, with an emphasis on modern globalization and its influence on the mission of the church.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT  (MF  4900)

MF 4901 – Biblical Models of Leadership
A survey of the various models of leadership presented in the Bible

MF4903 - Modern Theories of Leadership

This course explores selected Leadership theories for evaluation and reflection form various domains of public endeavor, including business management, politics, military, among others.

MF 4911-19 - Ministry Rotation
Ministry rotation permits students to experience the following ministry settings: Local Church, Chaplaincy, Advocacy, and Mission/Evangelism. Other rotations may be developed by permission from the Ministry Rotation Director and the Academic Dean

 

MF 4921 - Supervised Ministry
A course normally pursued in the third or fourth year of a students’ program. In supervised ministry, students are placed in a ministry setting for nine months where they are engaged in the opportunities and demands of their chosen area of ministry. This is a formative period for students when they test their calling and ministry gifts in a supervised ministry setting. Prerequisite: two Ministry Rotations. 4 credit hours.

INTEGRATIVE SEMINARS  (IS  5000 ): BIBLICAL, SYSTEMATIC AND
APPLIED THEOLOGY

Prerequisites for all Integrative Seminars: TP 2101, TP 2501, HC 3111- 4

IS 5121 - Who is God
An integrative seminar designed to explore the philosophical questions related to the concept of God,
with special emphasis on developing a contemporary apologetic for the Christian understanding of God.

IS 5123 - Who is Jesus?
An integrative seminar designed to explore the question of the identity of Jesus. Students will explore the biblical, theological and cultural dimensions of this issue, while developing a vision for communicating the results of their inquiry with persons outside the Christian faith.

IS 5125 - What is Salvation?
An integrated seminar designed to investigate the biblical foundations of soteriology, the historical
unfolding of the implications of biblical soteriology and the contemporary developments in soteriology.

IS 5127 - What is the Church?
An integrative seminar designed to provide a holistic vision of the church of Jesus Christ. Through an analysis of Scripture, theology, and contemporary church life, the student develops his/her own understanding of the “true” church and its place in the world.

IS 5129 - What is the Church’s Mission?
An integrative seminar designed to develop a global vision of the Church’s mission in the world,
with special emphasis on shaping a global vision for the local church. 55

At the discretion of each professor, other courses may be taught as Integrative Seminars. When such courses are so taught, they will be identified in the Course Offerings list by the course number, followed by the nomenclature (IS)

 

 

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