Biblical Literature (BL)

BL501 - Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon. Lectures By:  Tim Mackie, Ph.D.  This initial course in Biblical Literature lays a foundation for study of the Bible by introducing Bible study methods. It begins with a focus on the biblical covenants and God’s kingdom program. Our examination of the Pentateuch will focus on the great attributes of God and his gracious plan for redemption of sinful humanity. The historical books will show how God works among His people, blessing obedience and chastening the disobedient. We will conclude with a focus on the fear of the Lord and the practical lessons found in the Wisdom Books and Psalms.  Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502. 4 credits or 4 Learning Units.

BL501X - Interpreting the Old Testament I: Genesis - 2 Samuel. Lectures By:  Tim Mackie, Ph.D.  Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502.  2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL501Y - Interpreting the Old Testament 2: 1 Kings Through Song of Solomon.  Lectures By:  Tim Mackie, Ph.D.  Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501X.   2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL502 - Interpreting the Prophets and Gospels. Lectures By:  J. Carl Laney, Th.D.   This course in Biblical Literature builds on the foundation of BL 501 showing how God’s redemptive and kingdom programs are carried forward and advanced by the Prophets and Gospels. Students will discover how the promises of God concerning the Messiah are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The study of the Gospels will demonstrate how Jesus' teachings, miracles, parables, death and resurrection advance the great story of the Bible. The course will include practical application of biblical truths encouraging students to have a meaningful encounter with God’s word and grow spiritually. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501, BT502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501.  4 credits or 4 Learning Units.

BL502X - Interpreting the Old Testament 3: The Prophets. Lectures By:  J. Carl Laney, Th.D. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501.   2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL502Y - Interpreting the New Testament 1: The Gospels. Lectures By:  J. Carl Laney, Th.D. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501, Bl 501X.  2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL503 - Interpreting Acts to Revelation. Lectures By:  Josh Mathews, Ph.D.   This course in Biblical Literature builds on the foundation of BL 501 and 502 showing how God’s redemptive and kingdom programs are carried forward and advanced through the church in the Apostolic Period. The Book of Acts, Paul's Epistles, the General Epistles and Revelation will be studied with a view to discovering how they advance and complete the story of the Bible. The course will include practical application of biblical truths encouraging students to have a meaningful encounter with God’s word and grow spiritually. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501, BT502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501, BL 502.  4 credits.or 4 Learning Units.

BL503X - Interpreting the New Testament 2: Epistles 1. Lectures By:  Josh Mathews, Ph.D. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502, Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501, BL 502.  2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL503Y - Interpreting the New Testament 3: Epistles 2.  Lectures By:  Josh Mathews, Ph.D. Recommended pre- or co-requisite: BT501 and 502. Recommended pre-requisite: BL 501, BL 502, BL 503X.  2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL524 - Exposition of the Psalms. Lectures By:  Ray Lubeck, D.Theol. Throughout the history of Judaism and the Church, the book of Psalms has occupied a special place within the lives of believers. In the Psalms we find encouragement, comfort, hope, and inspiration as they express the whole range of human experience and emotions. But that’s not all. More recent interpretation of the Psalms, in conjunction with very ancient methods, is reopening whole new vistas in how to read the Psalms. In this class we will explore these ancient/new strategies in order to gain some striking insights into the teachings of this very familiar book. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

BL541 - Life of Christ. Lectures By:  J. Carl Laney, Th.D. The life of Jesus Christ is the very foundation of biblical Christianity. This course is devoted to the study of the life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels. We will focus on the major events and turning points in His ministry and provide an interpretation of His parables and discourses. The historical, cultural and geographical setting will provide a context for our interpretation and understanding of Jesus' ministry. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

 BL 555 (2) - Hope as Exiles: Exposition of 1 Peter.  Lectures By: Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.  This course is an expository study of 1 Peter, with attention to the Greek and English language, theological themes, literary structure, hermeneutical issues, and relationship to other parts of the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on practical relevance for society, the church, and church ministry/leadership. Both Greek and non-Greek students can take this course. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.