Biblical Theology of Holiness
Course code: BITH 612
Using biblical-theological methods, students in this course will study Old and New Testament teachings on holiness, God’s ethical expectations, humanity’s problem, and God’s solution. Attention is given to evaluating systematic-theological articulations of the doctrine of holiness from a biblical-theological standpoint.
Note: this course is the capstone for both MA degrees. As such, enrollment is limited to second-year graduate students (or equivalent).
- Knowledge of
- the contexts, senses, and significance of the Old and New Testament vocabulary for holiness.
- the key texts and contexts addressing the fallen human condition.
- the relationship of holiness vocabulary to biblical ethical expectations.
- the relationships between New Testament texts on being filled with the Holy Spirit, consecration, and the fallen human condition.
- the methodological and practical relationships between the four domains of theology in studying the doctrine of holiness.
- Appreciation for
- the clarity provided by use of biblical-theological methods of analysis.
- the coherence of Scripture’s metaphors for sanctification.
- the contribution each theological domain brings to one’s understanding of doctrine.
- Motivation to pursue holiness personally and to challenge others to pursue it as well.
- Ability to
- write a graduate-level critical review of a published essay.
- apply biblical-theological methods to subjects outside the scope of this course.
- articulate the biblical doctrine of sanctification, including the relations of positional, personal, corporate, initial, progressive, and entire sanctification.
- teach others how believers pursue holiness both personally and corporately.
- Weekly readings are assigned.
- Each week the professor meets with the class via live synchronous Google Hangout to discuss the material assigned for that week.
- Students will read and critique presentations of the doctrine of entire sanctification; of sanctification as a whole; of sin; and of inherited depravity.
- There are several major projects, including a survey of every instance of each word in the semantic domain of holiness and several research papers.