Course Outline: Master in Biblical Studies
This is a four-semester program comprised of sixteen (16) classes with students completing 4 classes each semester. The classes are generally 8-week classes held 2 hours per week using the Zoom platform.
1. Introduction to Biblical Studies: This course provides an overview of the foundational principles and methods of biblical interpretation, including textual analysis, historical context, and literary genres.
2. Old Testament Survey: A comprehensive study of the literature, history, and themes of the Old Testament, covering the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature, and the Prophets.
3. New Testament Survey: An in-depth examination of the New Testament, exploring the life of Jesus, the development of early Christianity, the Pauline Epistles, the General Epistles, and the Book of Revelation.
4. Hebrew Language and Exegesis: An introduction to biblical Hebrew, including grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students will develop skills in translating and interpreting Old Testament passages.
1. Greek Language and Exegesis: An introduction to biblical Greek, focusing on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students will learn to read and interpret New Testament passages.
2. Biblical Hermeneutics: This course explores various methods and approaches to biblical interpretation, including historical-critical, literary, and theological approaches. Students will learn to apply these methods in their study and analysis of biblical texts.
3. Biblical Theology: An examination of the overarching themes and theological concepts present in the Bible, tracing the development of God’s redemptive plan throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
4. The Life and Teachings of Jesus: A detailed study of the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the four Gospels, with an emphasis on understanding the cultural and historical context.
1. Old Testament Prophets: A focused study of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, examining their historical background, message, and relevance for today.
2. Pauline Epistles: An in-depth analysis of the letters written by the Apostle Paul, exploring their historical context, theological themes, and practical application for the church.
3. The Book of Acts and Early Church History: A study of the book of Acts and the early history of the Christian church, including the spread of Christianity, the development of the early church, and the role of key figures such as Peter and James.
4. Biblical Archaeology: An introduction to the field of biblical archaeology, exploring how archaeological discoveries have shed light on the historical accuracy and cultural context of the Bible.
1. Apologetics and Bible Criticism: A critical examination of various challenges and objections to the authority, reliability, and inspiration of the Bible. Students will learn to respond to these criticisms and defend the biblical worldview.
2. Ethics and Morality in the Bible: An exploration of ethical and moral teachings found in the Bible, examining topics such as justice, compassion, love, and social responsibility in biblical contexts.
3. Comparative Religions: A comparative study of major world religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism, with a focus on understanding their beliefs, practices, and points of divergence from Christianity.
4. Thesis or Capstone Project: In this final semester, students will undertake a research project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The project will culminate in a thesis or capstone paper that demonstrates their mastery of biblical studies and ability to engage in independent research.
Develop a Course outline and study materials for undergraduate students
Comparison and differentiation of 2 books of the Bible—
Completion of a research project