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  1. Policies
  2. Academic programs
  3. Course listing

3 – Course Listing

BITH 500: Biblical Languages and Technology

An introduction to how language works, including Biblical Hebrew and Greek, as well as to the use of technology in the study of Biblical texts. Course exposes students to key online applications and software-based programs, particularly Logos and BibleWorks. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits
  • $299 fee for BibleWorks; edition of Logos required is free (Logos 7 Basic)

BITH 501: New Testament Introduction: Contexts, Methods, and Critical Issues

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts, methods of New Testament study, and critical issues in New Testament formation and interpretation. Attention will be given to analysis of critical views. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 502: Old Testament Introduction: Contexts, Methods, and Critical Issues

An introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts, methods of Old Testament study, and critical issues in Old Testament formation and interpretation. Attention will be given to analysis of critical views. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 510: Israel Study Seminar

An onsite study of the history, geography, culture and religion of ancient and modern Israel through an extensive tour throughout the country. This course includes pre- and post-trip academic requirements.

  • 3 credits

BITH 580: Biblical Hermeneutics

A course examining the principles and practice of biblical interpretation as well as the primary tools of biblical research. The student will become acquainted with the history of interpretation, contemporary hermeneutical approaches, and a defense of the literal-historical- grammatical approach.

Hermeneutical strategies for interpreting various literary genres, analyzing structural relationships, performing word studies, and developing principles for accurate practical application will be learned. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 610: Old Testament Theology

Explores the nature and significance of OT Theology as a sub-discipline of Biblical Theology, identifying the methodological issues, limitations, and proper objectives of the discipline. Special focus is given to the concept of covenant and to the theological concepts that are specific to the Pentateuch, the Former Prophets, the Psalms, the Wisdom Literature, and the Latter Prophets. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 611: New Testament Theology

An investigation of the New Testament writings in order to understand their theological message. This study of the New Testament’s theology recognizes both its diversity of expression and its fundamental conceptual unity. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 612: Biblical Theology of Holiness

A study of the Old and New Testament’s teaching on holiness using biblical-theological methodologies: word study, subject study, and book theology; also an evaluation of systematic theological articulations from a standpoint of Biblical Theology. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

GREK 600-604: Greek Exegesis

An exegetical analysis in Greek of a NT text, with special attention to how syntactical structures contribute to semantic analysis. The same course name may be applied to different courses which focus on a different NT text.

Fall 2018: Romans

Prerequisite: Greek I and II or the equivalent

  • 3 credits

HBRW 600-604: Hebrew Exegesis

An exegetical analysis in Hebrew of OT texts, with special attention to how syntactical structures contribute to semantic analysis. The same course name may be applied to different courses which focus on a different Hebrew Bible text. For detailed information, see the course summary linked below.

Spring 2018: HBRW 600 Hebrew Exegesis I

Prerequisite: Hebrew I or the equivalent

  • 3 credits

HITH 544: History of American Methodism – 1784-1900

A study of the growth and development of American Methodism and the rise of the holiness movement. Lectures will focus on key personalities, cultural issues and political developments that shaped the American experience of Methodism, specifically the nature and founding of the Methodist Episcopal church vis-à-vis its earliest missionaries to the American colonies, challenges it confronted with established churches, slavery, sectional conflict and the growth of annual and general conferences that gave rise to the holiness advocates. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

HITH 630: History of Christian Thought

The course traces the development of the Church’s doctrines from the close of the Apostolic Age through the modern period. Emphasis is given to the development of the ecumenical creeds and to the distinctive doctrines which form orthodox Christian theology.

  • 3 credits

HITH 640: Theology of John Wesley

Explores the spiritual and ideological construction of Wesleyan theology in its cultural, theological and philosophical contexts. The essential doctrines of early Methodism will be compared with the affirmations of orthodox Christianity. The place of Methodism within the larger ecumenical movements will also be considered. Engagement to make personal and societal applications of the truths is expected.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 500: Graduate Mentorship Program

The graduate mentorship program facilitates the application of graduate learning to life by requiring all matriculated students to find a graduate mentor who is willing to meet regularly to discuss the student’s spiritual development and the implementation of their learning in life and ministry. Both the student and mentor will regularly submit progress reports. Satisfactory completion of the mentorship program requirement is a graduation requirement.

  • 0 credits
  • $100 fee per semester

PRTH 501: Ministry Involvement

All matriculated students are enrolled in this zero credit hour course as the vehicle by which they report on their regular ministry activities. Students are enrolled in this course each semester until their program is completed.

  • 0 hours

PRTH 502: Introduction to Missiology

The field of missiology studied from a Biblical, historical, methodological and contemporary viewpoint.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 510: Preaching the Doctrine of Holiness

A critical examination of published sermons on the doctrine of holiness combined with skills development in the preparation and delivery of expository messages on the doctrine of entire sanctification. This class focuses on developing the student’s ability to exegete and articulate this doctrine in written and sermonic form.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 511: Pastoral Teaching – Theology and Practice

An investigation of the Pauline theology of pastoral teaching as distinct from pastoral preaching, and its application to pastoral ministry, as well as the preparation and presentation of exegetical, Bible-focused lessons designed to engage the laymen’s minds with the text and guide them to practical application of the truth to their lives. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 520: Theology and Practice of Worship

A study of the biblical terms that define worship, a survey of historical worship practices, and an evaluation of worship practices in today’s church. Students will develop principles of worship based on biblical and historical precedents and then apply these principles in personal and corporate worship.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 530: Integration of Christian Faith and Counseling

An investigation of the various perspectives on the integration of Christian faith and counseling theory. Contemporary counseling theories will be presented and evaluated in light of an explicitly Christian theological framework. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 hours

PRTH 531: Helping Skills for Christian Counseling

This course provides an overview of assessment strategies for helping those in distress. Students will have the opportunity to develop specific intervention skills to be used in a variety of counseling contexts. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

(Prerequisite: PRTH 530 or equivalent)

PRTH 532: Counseling for Relationship Distress

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with couples, families and groups.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 533: Helping Skills and Christian Counseling

An overview of effective helping strategies used to provide ethical care and counseling to those in distress. Students will have the opportunity to develop theologically-sound skills that can be used in a variety of ministry contexts.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 534: Counseling for Behavioral and Emotional Distress

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with those with behavioral and emotional distress. Special attention will be given to behavioral and chemical addictions as well.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 535: Counseling Children and Adolescents

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with children, adolescents, and their caregivers.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 536: Crisis Intervention in Counseling

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for those in crisis. Special attention will be given to issues of bereavement, abuse, and suicide intervention.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 537: Pastoral Care and Counseling

A study of the biblical and theological foundation for pastoral care and counseling. Discussions include the history of pastoral care and counseling and current theological trends in the modern pastoral care and counseling movement.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 540: Exploring Spiritual Disciplines

A course designed to investigate the connection between the practice of spiritual disciplines and the depth of a believer’s walk with God, as well as the effectiveness of his/her ministry.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 541: Facilitating and Assessing Spiritual Growth

Introduces the content, literature, and methods associated with the discipline of spiritual formation. Special attention is given to personal, mentoring, and pastoral application of the materials. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 542: Discipleship in the Home

This course examines the Christian family and biblical principles for strengthening the home and making disciples for the Kingdom of God. Special attention is given to practical application of the class texts and discussions.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 550: Educational Administration

An analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns as applicable to Christian schools. Various administrative theories and philosophical concepts will be studied as they apply to school administration, particularly from a Christian and Biblical viewpoint. Basic factors and functions of successful administrations will be examined.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 560-562: Church Multiplication Practica I-III

Church Multiplication Practica involves the study and application of biblical guidelines used by church planting movements world-wide for the multiplication of churches. Students receive ongoing formative feedback from course instructors as they engage in the requisite fieldwork. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 570: Apologetics and Cultural Engagement

Seeks to equip students in the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively defend the Christian faith in the 21st century. Students will master a positive case for Christianity as well as appropriately respond to objections that are most likely to come up in conversations. The course will focus on the nature of truth, the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the exclusive claims of Christ and his bodily resurrection, the authority of Scripture, and moral absolutes challenged in our culture today. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 500: Systematic Theology

An investigation of the themes that comprise Christian theology. Focuses on theology as a coherent discipline, with immediate application to life and service. Topics include: Revelation, God, Man, Sin, Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things, and Angelology. Ultimately the goal of this course is to enhance worship, personal conviction, and ministry. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 518: Doctrine of Prevenient Grace

An investigation of the Christian doctrine of prevenient grace. Focuses on developing a systematic theology of prevenient grace from Scripture, Christian history, and Christian philosophy. Topics include God’s gracious nature, human sinfulness, Christ’s atonement, human free will, the nature of faith, and grace in Christian mission. The goal of this course is to enhance our appreciation for God’s nature and His universal provision of salvation.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 520: Ecclesiology

A systematic study of the doctrine of the Church grounded in the Trinitarian nature and life of God. Ecclesiology fits within the larger doctrinal theme of the Kingdom of God and observes specifically how God’s mission is being fulfilled through His saving reign in the Church. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

Course Listing

Table of Contents

  1. Policies
  2. Academic programs
  3. Course listing

3 – Course Listing

BITH 500: Biblical Languages and Technology

An introduction to how language works, including Biblical Hebrew and Greek, as well as to the use of technology in the study of Biblical texts. Course exposes students to key online applications and software-based programs, particularly Logos and BibleWorks. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits
  • $299 fee for BibleWorks; edition of Logos required is free (Logos 7 Basic)

BITH 501: New Testament Introduction: Contexts, Methods, and Critical Issues

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts, methods of New Testament study, and critical issues in New Testament formation and interpretation. Attention will be given to analysis of critical views. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 502: Old Testament Introduction: Contexts, Methods, and Critical Issues

An introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts, methods of Old Testament study, and critical issues in Old Testament formation and interpretation. Attention will be given to analysis of critical views. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 510: Israel Study Seminar

An onsite study of the history, geography, culture and religion of ancient and modern Israel through an extensive tour throughout the country. This course includes pre- and post-trip academic requirements.

  • 3 credits

BITH 580: Biblical Hermeneutics

A course examining the principles and practice of biblical interpretation as well as the primary tools of biblical research. The student will become acquainted with the history of interpretation, contemporary hermeneutical approaches, and a defense of the literal-historical- grammatical approach.

Hermeneutical strategies for interpreting various literary genres, analyzing structural relationships, performing word studies, and developing principles for accurate practical application will be learned. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 610: Old Testament Theology

Explores the nature and significance of OT Theology as a sub-discipline of Biblical Theology, identifying the methodological issues, limitations, and proper objectives of the discipline. Special focus is given to the concept of covenant and to the theological concepts that are specific to the Pentateuch, the Former Prophets, the Psalms, the Wisdom Literature, and the Latter Prophets. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 611: New Testament Theology

An investigation of the New Testament writings in order to understand their theological message. This study of the New Testament’s theology recognizes both its diversity of expression and its fundamental conceptual unity. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

BITH 612: Biblical Theology of Holiness

A study of the Old and New Testament’s teaching on holiness using biblical-theological methodologies: word study, subject study, and book theology; also an evaluation of systematic theological articulations from a standpoint of Biblical Theology. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

GREK 600-604: Greek Exegesis

An exegetical analysis in Greek of a NT text, with special attention to how syntactical structures contribute to semantic analysis. The same course name may be applied to different courses which focus on a different NT text.

Fall 2018: Romans

Prerequisite: Greek I and II or the equivalent

  • 3 credits

HBRW 600-604: Hebrew Exegesis

An exegetical analysis in Hebrew of OT texts, with special attention to how syntactical structures contribute to semantic analysis. The same course name may be applied to different courses which focus on a different Hebrew Bible text. For detailed information, see the course summary linked below.

Spring 2018: HBRW 600 Hebrew Exegesis I

Prerequisite: Hebrew I or the equivalent

  • 3 credits

HITH 544: History of American Methodism – 1784-1900

A study of the growth and development of American Methodism and the rise of the holiness movement. Lectures will focus on key personalities, cultural issues and political developments that shaped the American experience of Methodism, specifically the nature and founding of the Methodist Episcopal church vis-à-vis its earliest missionaries to the American colonies, challenges it confronted with established churches, slavery, sectional conflict and the growth of annual and general conferences that gave rise to the holiness advocates. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

HITH 630: History of Christian Thought

The course traces the development of the Church’s doctrines from the close of the Apostolic Age through the modern period. Emphasis is given to the development of the ecumenical creeds and to the distinctive doctrines which form orthodox Christian theology.

  • 3 credits

HITH 640: Theology of John Wesley

Explores the spiritual and ideological construction of Wesleyan theology in its cultural, theological and philosophical contexts. The essential doctrines of early Methodism will be compared with the affirmations of orthodox Christianity. The place of Methodism within the larger ecumenical movements will also be considered. Engagement to make personal and societal applications of the truths is expected.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 500: Graduate Mentorship Program

The graduate mentorship program facilitates the application of graduate learning to life by requiring all matriculated students to find a graduate mentor who is willing to meet regularly to discuss the student’s spiritual development and the implementation of their learning in life and ministry. Both the student and mentor will regularly submit progress reports. Satisfactory completion of the mentorship program requirement is a graduation requirement.

  • 0 credits
  • $100 fee per semester

PRTH 501: Ministry Involvement

All matriculated students are enrolled in this zero credit hour course as the vehicle by which they report on their regular ministry activities. Students are enrolled in this course each semester until their program is completed.

  • 0 hours

PRTH 502: Introduction to Missiology

The field of missiology studied from a Biblical, historical, methodological and contemporary viewpoint.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 510: Preaching the Doctrine of Holiness

A critical examination of published sermons on the doctrine of holiness combined with skills development in the preparation and delivery of expository messages on the doctrine of entire sanctification. This class focuses on developing the student’s ability to exegete and articulate this doctrine in written and sermonic form.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 511: Pastoral Teaching – Theology and Practice

An investigation of the Pauline theology of pastoral teaching as distinct from pastoral preaching, and its application to pastoral ministry, as well as the preparation and presentation of exegetical, Bible-focused lessons designed to engage the laymen’s minds with the text and guide them to practical application of the truth to their lives. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 520: Theology and Practice of Worship

A study of the biblical terms that define worship, a survey of historical worship practices, and an evaluation of worship practices in today’s church. Students will develop principles of worship based on biblical and historical precedents and then apply these principles in personal and corporate worship.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 530: Integration of Christian Faith and Counseling

An investigation of the various perspectives on the integration of Christian faith and counseling theory. Contemporary counseling theories will be presented and evaluated in light of an explicitly Christian theological framework. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 hours

PRTH 531: Helping Skills for Christian Counseling

This course provides an overview of assessment strategies for helping those in distress. Students will have the opportunity to develop specific intervention skills to be used in a variety of counseling contexts. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

(Prerequisite: PRTH 530 or equivalent)

PRTH 532: Counseling for Relationship Distress

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with couples, families and groups.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 533: Helping Skills and Christian Counseling

An overview of effective helping strategies used to provide ethical care and counseling to those in distress. Students will have the opportunity to develop theologically-sound skills that can be used in a variety of ministry contexts.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 534: Counseling for Behavioral and Emotional Distress

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with those with behavioral and emotional distress. Special attention will be given to behavioral and chemical addictions as well.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 535: Counseling Children and Adolescents

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for working with children, adolescents, and their caregivers.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 536: Crisis Intervention in Counseling

This course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling strategies for those in crisis. Special attention will be given to issues of bereavement, abuse, and suicide intervention.

Prerequisite: MNED 530 and 531 or their equivalent

  • 3 credits

PRTH 537: Pastoral Care and Counseling

A study of the biblical and theological foundation for pastoral care and counseling. Discussions include the history of pastoral care and counseling and current theological trends in the modern pastoral care and counseling movement.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 540: Exploring Spiritual Disciplines

A course designed to investigate the connection between the practice of spiritual disciplines and the depth of a believer’s walk with God, as well as the effectiveness of his/her ministry.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 541: Facilitating and Assessing Spiritual Growth

Introduces the content, literature, and methods associated with the discipline of spiritual formation. Special attention is given to personal, mentoring, and pastoral application of the materials. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 542: Discipleship in the Home

This course examines the Christian family and biblical principles for strengthening the home and making disciples for the Kingdom of God. Special attention is given to practical application of the class texts and discussions.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 550: Educational Administration

An analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns as applicable to Christian schools. Various administrative theories and philosophical concepts will be studied as they apply to school administration, particularly from a Christian and Biblical viewpoint. Basic factors and functions of successful administrations will be examined.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 560-562: Church Multiplication Practica I-III

Church Multiplication Practica involves the study and application of biblical guidelines used by church planting movements world-wide for the multiplication of churches. Students receive ongoing formative feedback from course instructors as they engage in the requisite fieldwork. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

PRTH 570: Apologetics and Cultural Engagement

Seeks to equip students in the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively defend the Christian faith in the 21st century. Students will master a positive case for Christianity as well as appropriately respond to objections that are most likely to come up in conversations. The course will focus on the nature of truth, the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the exclusive claims of Christ and his bodily resurrection, the authority of Scripture, and moral absolutes challenged in our culture today. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 500: Systematic Theology

An investigation of the themes that comprise Christian theology. Focuses on theology as a coherent discipline, with immediate application to life and service. Topics include: Revelation, God, Man, Sin, Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things, and Angelology. Ultimately the goal of this course is to enhance worship, personal conviction, and ministry. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 518: Doctrine of Prevenient Grace

An investigation of the Christian doctrine of prevenient grace. Focuses on developing a systematic theology of prevenient grace from Scripture, Christian history, and Christian philosophy. Topics include God’s gracious nature, human sinfulness, Christ’s atonement, human free will, the nature of faith, and grace in Christian mission. The goal of this course is to enhance our appreciation for God’s nature and His universal provision of salvation.

  • 3 credits

SYTH 520: Ecclesiology

A systematic study of the doctrine of the Church grounded in the Trinitarian nature and life of God. Ecclesiology fits within the larger doctrinal theme of the Kingdom of God and observes specifically how God’s mission is being fulfilled through His saving reign in the Church. Read more about course objectives and assignments.

  • 3 credits

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