GRADUATE

Theology

 
THE500 Theology I
     3 hours

A study of prolegomena, bibliology, theology proper, and angelology.

THE501   Theology II      3 hours
A study of pneumatology, anthropology, and hamartiology.

THE502   Theology III     3 hours
A study of Christology and soteriology.

THE503  Theology IV     3 hours
A study of ecclesiology and eschatology.

THE505   Dispensationalism      3 hours
A study of the specific system known as dispensationalism with special attention given to its historical development, principles of interpretation, and relationship to the covenants and eschatology.  Specific dispensations are distinguished, along with contemporary problems surrounding this approach to interpretation.

THE506   Survey of Theology     3 hours
An introductory survey of basic biblical doctrines, including the doctrines of God, Scripture, angels, man, salvation, the church, and last things. Emphasis is placed on the application of theological truth in Christian global witness.

THE517   Apologetics     3 hours
A study of philosophical and theological issues relative to Christian apologetics within the context of worldviews. Major attention is given to the relationship between faith and reason, the value of theistic arguments, Christian certainty, and the character of revelation, along with the development of an apologetic methodology.

THE530  Theology of Matthew     3 hours
An analytical study of the biblical theology of Matthew, Christology, eschatology, ecclesiology, and their Markan parallels.

THE531   Lukan Theology      3 hours
An analytical study of the biblical theology of Lukan writings (Luke and Acts).  Special emphasis is given to Luke’s teachings concerning God, Scripture, salvation, Church, eschatology, and missions.

THE532   Johannine Theology     3 hours
An analytical study of the biblical theology of Johannine writings (the Gospel of John, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse).  Special attention is given to the areas of theology proper, soteriology, the Christian life, and eschatology.

THE534  Pauline Theology      3 hours
A study of Paul’s teaching, using the biblical theology approach.  Emphasis is given to the Trinity, sin, salvation, Christian living, ecclesiology, and eschatology.

THE540   Biblical Theology of Psalms     3 hours
A study of the theology of the Psalms using a biblical theology approach.  Messianic, penitential, worship, and wisdom themes receive special emphasis.

THE545   Biblical Theology of Hosea, Amos, and Micah     3 hours
A study of the theology of Hosea, Amos, and Micah using the biblical theology approach.  The doctrine of God, hamartiology, soteriology, and eschatology are emphasized.

THE553   Biblical Doctrine of Prayer     3 hours
A careful study of the subject of prayer, as found in the Bible and in history.  Special attention is given to the possibility and theology of prayer.  Study includes the practice of prayer, kinds of prayer, and expectations and promises related to prayer.

THE554   Biblical Theology of Premillennialism     3 hours
An in-depth study of biblical teaching relative to the theological notion of the millennium. Emphasis is given to the hermeneutical, theological, philosophical, and historical basis for a premillennial position. This includes a broader consideration of the premillennial position in light of a Christian worldview with special attention given to creation, anthropology, and ontology.

THE590    (A-Z) Theology Electives     3 hours each
A study of a selected theological issue or movement based on student interest and/or need and faculty expertise.

THE611   Contemporary Theological Issues     3 hours
A course to examine and discuss current theological trends, particularly as they affect missions, church evangelism, and worship.

THE655,THE656, THE755, THE756, THE855, THE856   Special Studies in Theology     3 hours each
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE656  Special Studies in Theology     3 hours each
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE705   Critical Concepts of Apologetics     3 hours
A definitive study of functional concepts proven essential to a biblical apologetic and a correlation of these ideas to those established in Scripture to enhance effective verbal and written communication of truth as found in Scripture authority alone.

THE715   Old Testament Theology Synthesis     3 hours
A deductive study of the historic, progressive self-revelation of God and His redemptive plan in the Old Testament Scriptures, stressing key themes to draw theological conclusions.

THE717   New Testament Theology Synthesis     3 hours
A deductive study of the theological perspective and emphasis of each of the New Testament writers with special focus on the theology of Christ and the Church.

THE721   Critical Issues of New Testament Theology     3 hours
The use of the New Testament text in responding to current theological issues that challenge the literal interpretation of Scripture, including theology proper, ecclesiology, as well as pneumatology. Reading of contemporary authors will require a response based on the study of the biblical text.

THE723   Critical Issues in Old Testament Theology     3 hours
An examination of selected subjects and procedures in Old Testament Theology.  Attention is given to methods of interpreting Old Testament Theology with the analytical process required to discover and articulate the theology of Old Testament passages. The course leads the student in understanding current theological theories of interpretation.

THE735   Advanced Ecclesiology     3 hours
An examination in detail of this doctrine in the historical and contemporary church context. This will include the foundational concepts of prospect, institution, polity, future, and the relationship of Israel and the Church. Textual studies are used to test philosophical models and establish biblical ones.

THE747   Advanced Eschatology     3 hours
A review and detailed study of those components that relate to current eschatological concerns, including but not limited to the Rapture, second coming, resurrections, judgments, tribulation, millennium, and the eternal state. These biblical issues are compared to covenant theology, preterism and other eschatology theories.

THE749   Advanced Soteriology      3 hours
An overview of the history of this doctrine and a review of the various theories in soteriology, followed by a consideration of major biblical texts dealing with this subject. Historical concepts such as Arminianism and Calvinism are tested in light of the text. This course is meant to solidify the student’s understanding of sovereignty and responsibility.

THE755  Special Studies in Theology     3 hours
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE756  Special Studies in Theology      3 hours 
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE801 History of Dispensationalism     3 hours
A study of dispensationalism that rises from a biblical hermeneutic in its basic form, as well as its variations within the normal discipline from the first century to the present. The concept of dispensationalism is outlined. Current challenges to the classical view such as Progressive Dispensationalism will be analyzed.

THE821  History of Baptist Theology     3 hours
A study of the origin, theological development, historical traditions - including the Anabaptist, English and American Baptists - as the setting for an outline of the historical basis for the Baptist distinctive and other major contributions to theology, followed by an outline of major Baptist organizations with their contrasting theological emphases.  Several major Baptist theologians, as well as various traditional theological statements, are studied.

THE853  Contemporary Issues in Theology   3 hours
The examination of current theological trends, with a listing of minor and major theological ideas and movements, an exploration of the content and impact of such views as evangelical feminism, evangelical environmentalism, evangelical ecumenism, an Open View of God, annihilationism, and a revision of a literal view of heaven and hell. This course changes in focus each time it is taught to reflect the major issues currently in view.

THE855   Special Studies in Theology     3 hours
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE856   Special Studies in Theology     3 hours
A study of selected topics in Theology. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

THE856 Matthean Theology     3 hours
An advanced analysis of the theological study in Matthew with an emphasis on the Jewish historical underpinning and eschatological content. Textual issues that are based on the original language are explored in depth. Prerequisite: Greek language proficiency.