Biblical Studies Courses

Bible (BI)

  • 2309 Orientation to Biblical Studies
    An introduction to the Biblical studies program and its various fields, to ministry uses of the major in Biblical studies, and to tools and facilities for research in the field. Required of all Biblical studies majors in the sophomore year.
  • 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage
    An exploration of Christian cultural heritage as it relates to the student’s major field of study. (Required of all graduating students in their senior year except students majoring in Biblical studies).

Textual Field

Old Testament

  • 1391 Introduction to the Books of the Old Testament
    An overview of each book in the Old Testament, studying the following for each book: authorship, date, purpose, brief outline, expanded outline, how the book fits into the overall scheme of redemption, and its usage in the New Testament. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 2202/2302 The Pentateuch
    A study of the first five books of the Old Testament in the light of their time.
  • 2203/2303 The Conquest Through the Divided Kingdom
    History of the Hebrew nation from the time of Joshua through the period of the kings: their conflicts, struggles, periods of faithfulness and unfaithfulness, strengths and weaknesses.
  • 2307 Survey of the Old Testament
    A survey of the Old Testament designed to give the adult/executive an overview of this section of the scriptures. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 3336 The Minor Prophets
    The books of the twelve minor prophets in their historical contexts with emphasis on the contents of each prophetic book.
  • 3339 Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
    An exegetical interpretation of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther in their historical context.
  • 3375 Survey of the Women of the Old Testament
    (Women only) A brief historical study of the Old Testament. Selected passages related to women are given special attention in order to teach the message of the Old Testament for women then and now.
  • 3301 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
    A study of elementary Biblical Hebrew with special attention to grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Reading of simple prose sections of the Hebrew Bible.
  • 3302 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
    A continuation of BI 3301. Prerequisite: BI 3301.
  • 4315 The Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
    Salient characteristics of the devotional and wisdom literature of the Old Testament; major themes of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon; special attention to selected passages.
  • 4322 Isaiah
    An in-depth study of the book of Isaiah with emphasis on its author, historical setting, unity and message to its eighth century B.C. readers, giving special attention to its Messianic prophecies.
  • 4323 Jeremiah and Lamentations
    An in-depth study of the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in their historical settings with emphasis on their content and on the role of the prophet in the tumultuous years preceding and during the overthrow of Judah by Babylon.
  • 4324 Ezekiel and Daniel
    An in-depth study of the books of Ezekiel and Daniel in their historical settings with emphasis on the content and teachings of each book.
  • 4320 Critical Introduction to the Old Testament
    A study of the canonicity, authorship, date, purpose, and setting of each book of the Old Testament. Critical problems will be addressed.
  • 4344 Selected Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament
    Selected readings in the Hebrew Bible with special attention to syntax and vocabulary building. Prerequisites: BI 3301 and 3302
  • 4346 Biblical Aramaic
    A study of elementary Biblical Aramaic with specific attention to grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. An introduction to the syntax of the language followed by reading of the Aramaic portion of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 31:47; Jeremiah 10:11; Ezra 4:8-6:18, 7:12-26; Daniel 2:4b-7:28). Prerequisites: BI 3301, BI 3302, and BI 4344

New Testament

  • 1211/1311 The Life of Christ
    Based upon Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the life of Christ studied with special consideration to His life being exemplary, His teachings normative, and His atonement for sin and subsequent resurrection the chief end of His first coming.
  • 1214/1314 The Book of Acts
    The establishment of the church and its emergence and growth in the Greco-Roman world of the first century A.D.
  • 1301 Elementary New Testament Greek I
    (GR 1301) Elements of New Testament Greek with emphasis on grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • 1302 Elementary New Testament Greek II
    (GR 1302) A continuation of BI 1301. Prerequisite: BI 1301
  • 2305 Selected Readings from the Greek New Testament I
    (GR 2305) Readings of the less difficult sections of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: BI 1301 and 1302
  • 2306 Selected Readings from the Greek New Testament II
    (GR 2306) Readings of more difficult sections of the Greek New Testament. Special attention is given to advanced grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Prerequisite: BI 1301, 1302 and 2305.
  • 2308 Survey of the New Testament
    A survey of the New Testament designed to give the adult/executive an overview of this section of the scriptures. Adult/Executive program students only.
  • 2391 Introduction to the Books of the New Testament
    An overview of each book in the New Testament, studying the following for each book: authorship, date, purpose, brief outline, expanded outline, and how the book fits into the overall scheme of redemption. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 3326 I and II Corinthians
    The founding of the church in Corinth will be studied, and also an exposition of the Corinthian letters in light of their historical context.
  • 3327 Prison Epistles
    Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon will be studied in light of their authorship, audience, purpose, and date with special attention to their texts in their historical setting and their significance for today.
  • 3334 The General and Johannine Epistles
    A study of the books of James, I & II Peter, Jude, and the Johannine (John’s) Epistles with historical backgrounds and expositions of their texts.
  • 3338 The Gospel of Matthew
    An in-depth exposition of Matthew with an emphasis on its Jewish background.
  • 3340 The Gospel of John
    An in-depth exposition of the fourth gospel with an emphasis on the major Johannine themes and symbols.
  • 3349 Galatians, I & II Thessalonians
    An exegetical study of Galatians and I & II Thessalonians in their historical context.
  • 3350 I & II Timothy, Titus
    An exegetical and practical study of I & II Timothy and Titus with emphasis on the work of the evangelist and the qualifications and work of elders and deacons.
  • 3385 The Survey of Women of the New Testament
    (Women only) A brief survey of the New Testament. Selected passages related to women give special attention to teaching the message of the New Testament for women then and now.
  • 4326 The Epistle to the Romans
    An exposition of the text of the epistle with a study of background and introductory materials.
  • 4329 The Epistle to the Hebrews
    An in-depth exegesis of the epistle will be conducted based upon its context and text with special consideration to its theme.
  • 4335 Exposition of the Book of Revelation
    A study of the book of Revelation in its historical milieu, the characteristics of the book, and its message for its day and for all time.
  • 4321 Critical Introduction to the New Testament
    A study of the canonicity, authorship, date, purpose, and setting of each book of the New Testament. Critical problems will be addressed

Doctrinal Field

  • 1312 The Case for Christianity I
    Historical evidences, as well as other evidences, establishing the validity of Christianity will be studied. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 1313 The Case for Christianity II
    A continuation of BI 1312. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 2315 Christianity and Humanism
    A comparative study of the worldviews of Christianity and humanism with their implications for Christian faith and practice.
  • 2319/4319 Christian Ethics
    Ethical conduct in the light of Bible teaching will be studied. Some of the more relevant ethical issues of our day will be studied from a Biblical perspective: abortion, euthanasia, war, genetic engineering with all of its facets, and similar matters. BI 2319 for Adult/Executive program students only. BI 4319 for upper division credit and requires additional work.
  • 2321 Scheme of Redemption
    A general survey of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. Special attention will be given to the gradual unfolding of God’s plan from all eternity throughout the history of man. The connective story of the Bible will be emphasized.
  • 3315 Religious Cults
    A study of the origins and doctrines of the primary religious cults of our day.
  • 3316 Contemporary Religious Thought
    A study of doctrines and movements characteristic of contemporary evangelical Christianity.
  • 3317 Great Doctrines of the Bible
    The doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, inspiration, sin, salvation, the Church, the Christian life and the last things as revealed in the Bible.
  • 3319 Biblical Interpretation
    A study of the principles of Bible interpretation and techniques and methods of Bible study, with strong emphasis being given on how to establish Biblical authority. Required of all Biblical studies majors.
  • 3323 Contemporary Issues in the Church
    A study of current controversial issues.
  • 3390 The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
    A consideration of the characteristics of the Bible, which demonstrate it to be the inspired, inerrant and authoritative word of God, and an examination of how readers should receive it authoritatively.
  • 4330 The Biblical Doctrine of the Church
    An in-depth exposition of Biblical teachings regarding the church with special emphasis on the nature, organization and worship of the church.
  • 4336 Christian Evidences
    Evidences for the validity of the Christian faith as expressed in the Bible, in related materials and in the experience of men.
  • 4337 Biblical Doctrines of Last Things
    The end-time of all things according to the teachings of the Bible concerning the second coming of Christ, the intermediate state of the dead, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, eternal punishment, and heaven.
  • 4378 Archaeology and the Bible
    The contributions of archaeology to a better understanding of the Bible.

Historical Field

  • 3321 The Early Church to the Reformation
    A study of Church history from New Testament times to the Reformation with special attention given to the AnteNicene period.
  • 3322 Church History from the 16th to the 20th Centuries
    A brief study of the backgrounds, the beliefs and growth of churches from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.
  • 3325 Survey of Church History
    An overview of Church history from A.D. 100 to the present.
  • 4310 The Restoration Movement in America
    The Restoration principle; non-American backgrounds; the work of those in the movement from the nineteenth century to the present.
  • 4325 The History of American Christianity
    A study of American Christianity in the context of history and culture from the Puritans to the present, emphasizing Protestantism, Catholicism, sectarian movements, Black Christianity and new religious movements.

Practical Field

The Church

  • 1303 Introduction to the Use of Computers in Ministry
    Introduction to computer software and hardware for ministers and churches.  This includes an introduction to system software and popular horizontal application software packages such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database management systems.
  • 2331 Local Church Leadership
    Principles and their application for effective leadership in the local congregational setting will be studied. The role of elders, deacons, evangelists, Bible school teachers and others will be examined.
  • 3335 Worship of the Local Church
    In-depth study of congregational worship with emphasis on practical ways of improving the worship of the local church.
  • 3347 Educational Program of the Local Church
    Comprehensive study of religious education of the local church, designing and maintaining educational programs.
  • 3348 The Local Church Program
    Various phases and programs related to planning and implementing a workable program of work within the local congregation will be studied. Visitation, youth, evangelism, every-member-involvement, gospel meetings, and giving are some of the programs studied.
  • 4306 Teaching the Bible to Children
    (Women only) Methods and materials for teaching the Bible to children.
  • 4332 Church Work Practicum
    For students working with churches under supervision and by permission of the chairman of the Bible department. May include youth ministry, preaching, or mission work.


  • 2322 The Preacher and His Work
    An overview of the work of the preacher, his personal family life, personal study, preaching and visiting.
  • 3342 Preparing and Delivering Bible Lessons
    Techniques of sermon preparation and delivery. Preparing and delivering sermons under supervision.
  • 3356 Expository Preaching
    A study of the expository method and issues of interpretation that lead to responsible homiletical practice. Laboratory experience in using the expository method with a variety of biblical texts. Prerequisite: BI 3342 Preparing and Delivering Bible Lessons.
  • 4342 Advanced Preaching
    An in-depth exploration of sermon types, designs and techniques and an evaluation of sermons of past and contemporary preachers. Students will preach sermons that incorporate a variety of styles and biblical texts. Prerequisite: BI 3342 Preparing and Delivering Bible Lessons.


  • 3303 World Religions
    A survey of the history and basic teachings of the major world religions and related movements. It is designed to provide a working knowledge of the world views of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam to assist in the cross-cultural communication of the Gospel message.
  • 3304 History of Missions
    The history of Christian missions from the first century to the present with special emphasis on the missionaries and the methods and strategies that Christian mission efforts have utilized historically. It is designed to introduce students to significant missionaries and mission concepts as they appear in missions’ history.
  • 3320 Vocational Christian Ministry
    A study of vocational ministry and “tentmaking” including an exploration of biblical perspectives, spiritual and vocational readiness, cross-cultural ministry, and problems of deployment to a field of work. This course is the keystone course in the vocational ministry second major.
  • 3345 Introduction to World Missions
    Survey of the entire scope of missionary work with special attention to missionary work of members of the churches of Christ. Required in all majors.
  • 3360 Church Growth Principles
    This course will focus on the importance of improving church growth both numerically and spiritually. Emphasis will be placed on understanding church growth principles from a biblical perspective and applying them in order to plant, nurture and sustain numerical and spiritual growth within churches.
  • 3361 Prison Ministry
    A study of principles and practices for the establishment and maintenance of a successful jail and/or prison ministry with attention to local church involvement and to volunteer experience in a specific ministry.
  • 3370 Practical Evangelism and Missions
    Concentrated study of preparation and implementation of evangelistic efforts both domestic and foreign. Attention will be given to effective methods of evangelism for local churches and missionaries within both the urban inner city and rural contexts.
  • 4301 Missionary Anthropology
    An introduction to cultural anthropology and cross-cultural communication issues for those contemplating cross-cultural mission work whether on foreign fields or in diverse urban areas. It is designed to provide cross-cultural tools and principals for cross-cultural ministries.


  • 2310 Marriage and Family
    A study of the preparation for marriage, how to build and maintain a successful marriage, and how to be successful as a parent. Adult/Executive Program students only.
  • 2320 Introduction to Counseling Theories
    An overview of the field of counseling that emphasizes theories and philosophies underlying current practices in field of counseling. Designed for elders, ministers, teachers, supervisors, church and social workers, as well as those entering the counseling fields. Prerequisite: PY 1310
  • 3311 Marriage and Family Relations
    A study of mate selection, how to have a successful marriage, and principles of child rearing, taught from the Biblical perspective. Major sociological trends and problems that impact marriage and family relations in western society will also be observed.
  • 3324 Advanced Counseling Skills
    A study of the techniques of counseling with an emphasis in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting case data. Includes an analysis of the dynamics of the counselor/counselee relationship. Special attention is given to helping each student develop personal counseling theories and techniques. Prerequisite: BI 2320
  • 3351 Coping with Loss and Grief
    A study of various situations of loss, the stages of the grief process, the coping response, and avenues of assistance and care.

Special Courses

2099/3099 Individual Study
The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study, or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. BI 2099 is open only to sophomores; BI 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. The number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.

Youth and Family Ministry (FY)

  • 2330 Parent-Child Relationships
    A study of the skills and concepts of parenting with an emphasis on the management and discipline of errant behavior. Prerequisite: PY 1310.
  • 2390 Introduction to the Study of Family Violence
    This course will provide an introductory study of the problems and the effects of family violence and examine current societal responses to this increasing problem. It is designed to dispel the many myths that surround the various types of family violence.
  • 3310 Childhood and Adolescence
    An examination of physical, emotional, and intellectual development from childhood through adolescence. Prerequisite: PY 1310. Recommended: PY 3300.
  • 3313 Human Sexuality
    An overview of human sexual development and behavior from the Biblical perspective with an emphasis on making a connection between course material and the real world, especially with respect to the student’s personal and professional life. Prerequisite: PY 1310. Recommended: PY 3300.
  • 3330 Youth and Family Ministry in the Local Church
    Biblical principles and practical techniques for designing and implementing church programs to enrich family life and encourage church-home cooperation.
  • 3390 Family Violence
    This course will provide students with an in-depth study of the problems of violence in families including spouse abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, as well as the dynamics and dangers of violent relationships. The study will examine the root causes of family violence and the devastating, multigenerational effects of violence on its victims and society. Students will study current societal responses to family violence including protection services, treatment programs, legal defense strategies, and current legislation.