OVERVIEW The Department of Bible and Ministry provides formal instruction in biblical and religious studies. It seeks to encourage all students to pursue Christian faith, values and service, and offers preparation for graduate studies or a vocation in Christian ministry.

Academic Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science degree supports formal preparation for Christian ministry or biblical studies. Undergraduate degrees are available in Biblical Studies, Christian Ministry, and Youth and Family Ministry. A concentration in Bible and ministry is available under the Interdisciplinary Studies program for those who are interested in vocational ministry or a degree plan that does not include biblical languages. Minors are offered in biblical studies, biblical languages, theology, or youth and family ministry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for several roles in Christian ministry. Common ministerial opportunities include preaching, local ministry, youth ministry, missions and teaching. Graduates also find positions at Christian youth camps and senior care facilities. The degree also provides a foundation for graduate studies in religion.

MAJORS/MINORS

Majors/Minors

Biblical Studies Major Christian Ministry Major
Youth and Family Ministry Major

FACULTY

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course Descriptions

BIB — BIBLE

BIB 2113 Genesis An entry-level study, conversation-discussion based, of the book of Genesis, with particular attention to literary artistry and analysis, ancient Near Eastern parallel literature, and major theological concepts, noting especially the book’s themes, structure, and canonical theological significance within the Pentateuch and for the rest of the Old Testament. BIB 2213 Life of Christ Introduction to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as represented in the gospel literature of the New Testament. BIB 2223 Christian Beginnings: Acts Introduction to the life and mission of the earliest Christians as represented in the Acts of the Apostles. BIB 2983 Biblical interpretation Combines textual, historical, and linguistic knowledge and skills with sound hermeneutical principles to develop proficiency for logical interpretation of the scriptures. BIB 3123 Old Testament Prophets Historical, literary, cultural, and theological analysis of the entire Old Testament prophetic books, Isaiah through Malachi. PR: BIB 2983. Accelerated program only. BIB 3133 Major Prophets Historical, literary, cultural, and theological analysis of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. PR: BIB 2983. BIB 3143 Minor Prophets Historical, literary, cultural, and theological analysis of the twelve prophetic books, Hosea through Malachi. PR: BIB 2983. BIB 3153 Old Testament Poetic Literature Literary, cultural, and theological analysis of Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. PR: BIB 2983. BIB 3163 Old Testament Wisdom Literature Literary, cultural, and theological analysis of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. PR: BIB 2983. BIB 3223 Romans A study of Paul’s letter to the Romans with attention to its historical context and literary function. Approaches Romans as the fullest, most systematic expression of Pauline thinking about such religious concepts as grace, faith, justification, sin, death, law, and the Spirit. Includes the history of interpretation of Romans. PR: Junior status. BIB 3233 Pauline Letters I A study of Paul’s earlier letters, including 1 and 2 Thessalonians and Galatians, with attention given to their historical context and literary function as well as what they contribute to our understanding of Paul’s life and teachings. PR: Junior status. BIB 3243 Pauline Letters II A study of Paul’s later letters, alternating between the Prison Epistles (Philippians, Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians) and the Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus). Explores the historical context and literary function of these letters as well as what they contribute to our understanding of Paul’s life and teachings. PR: Junior status. BIB 3263 Hebrews A study of the book of Hebrews that focuses on its literary purpose, historical context, and theology. PR: Junior status. BIB 3273 General Epistles A study of 1 and 2 Peter, James, and Jude that emphasizes the literary purpose, historical context, and theology of each book. PR: Junior status. BIB 3283 Revelation A study of the theological message of Revelation, both within its original historical and cultural contexts and with respect to its modern relevance. Selected topics include apocalyptic literature, eschatology, the nature of symbolism, the nature of Biblical prophecy, and the issue of human suffering. PR: Junior status. BIB 3293 Mark A study of the Markan narrative of Christ’s ministry with special emphasis on its background, its unique themes, and its relationship to Matthew and Luke. PR: Junior status. BIB 3613 Special Topics in Biblical Studies Various topics in the field of Biblical studies, as chosen by the instructor. Can be used toward upper-level textual requirements and for GEO religion credit. BIB 4013 Biblical Archaeology Theory, method, and context. An archaeological overview of the cultural and political history of the Land of Israel from the Bronze Age through the Iron Age (Canaanite and Israelite periods 3200-586 BCE) with special focus on Biblical Tamar (a.k.a. Ein Hatzeva). The primary goal of the course is the integration of Biblical studies with the archaeology of Tamar by involving students in lectures, discussion, research, and virtual archaeology via computer, and (for those who elect to do the fieldwork) actual excavation of the material culture at Tamar and examination of artifacts from Tamar stored at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. PR: PI. BIB 4123 Archaeology of Biblical Tamar– In Israel (fieldwork) The fieldwork attached to BIB 4013; students are involved in actual excavation of BIBlical Tamar. PR: PI. BIB 4153 Pentateuch Historical, literary, cultural, and theological analysis of Genesis through Deuteronomy. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4193 History and Theology of the Old Testament An exploration of history and theology in dynamic relationship within the Old Testament. Examines various theological perspectives within the Old Testament in light of the historical background and crises which offer a concrete context for their development. Includes a contextual-ideological approach to reading the Old Testament that focuses on the socioeconomic, political, religious, and community aspects of diverse theological views that form and reform across the long history represented in the Old Testament. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4213 Luke/Acts The birth and expansion of the early church in a historical, textual, and theological study of the book of Acts. Highlights the relevance of Acts to the contemporary church. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4233 Synoptic Gospels Contextual study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, stressing the history, text, theology, and interrelationship of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4253 1 & 2 Corinthians Historical, textual, and practical study of Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth. Explores problems in the early church and application of Christian principles to problem solving in the contemporary church. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4263 Gospel and Letters of John Studies the gospel of John and 1, 2, and 3 John. Highlights the nature of Christ and early church problems. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4293 History and Theology of the New Testament An exploration of history and theology in dynamic relationship within the New Testament. Examines various theological perspectives within the New Testament in light of the historical background and historical crises which offer a concrete context for their development. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status. BIB 4393 Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics The program capstone, in which students study the process of applying advanced exegetical research (in both the Old and New Testaments) to concrete life situations. Includes critical assessment of traditional and current hermeneutical trends. PR: BIB 2983 and senior status.

GRE — GREEK

GRE 1214 Elementary Greek I Basic Koine GREek. Highlights the importance and function of GREek language in the writing of New Testament books and letters. GRE 1224 Elementary Greek II A continuation of GRE 1214 that includes selected readings from the New Testament. PR: GRE 1214. GRE 3314 Intermediate Greek Grammar Selected readings from the Greek New Testament with an emphasis on advanced features of grammar and syntax. PR: GRE 1224. GRE 3413 Advanced Greek Readings I Selected readings from the Greek New Testament. PR: GRE 3314. GRE 3423 Advanced Greek Readings II Selected readings from the Greek New Testament. PR: GRE 3314.

HEB — HEBREW

HEB 1214 elementary Hebrew I Basic principles, grammar, and vocabulary needed to translate from the Hebrew Bible. HEB 1224 Elementary Hebrew II Continuation of HEB 1214; additional grammatical and vocabulary skills. Includes readings from the Hebrew BIBle. PR: HEB 1214. HEB 3413 Advanced Hebrew Readings I Selected Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament. PR: HEB 1224. HEB 3423 Advanced Hebrew Readings II Selected Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament. PR: HEB 1224.

MIN — MINISTRY

MIN 1411 Ministry Practicum Practical experience in ministry in a local church or other religious organizations or programs. Opportunities for ministry experiences include assisting in a youth ministry program, preaching, church education, assisting in a Christian service project, or participating in a short mission trip. A minimum of 3 hours of hands-on ministry activity per week is required for credit. MIN 2401/2402/2403 Missions Outreach Internship Extended conGREgational or mission work during spring break, a summer mission campaign, or study broad. Credit granted in proportion to length of campaign. MIN 2513 Theology of Ministry Examines the BIBlical narrative (with attention to historical and contemporary texts) to engage the question of the content and purpose of ministry with special attention given to developing a theology of ministry in light of contemporary concerns such as gender roles, the place and function of worship, the question of ministerial “offices,” and ethical issues that pertain directly to Christian ministers. MIN 3323 Introduction to Preaching A study of the rhetorical strategies of selected Biblical texts to discern Biblical principles of Communicating God’s Word; practice in text selection, exegesis, sermon construction, and delivery. PR: BIB 2983. MIN 3333 Introduction to Youth Ministry Explores relationship-based youth and family ministry. Focuses on the youth minister’s role in youth programs, meeting youth needs, and strengthening the family. PR: Junior status. MIN 3353 Religion, Media, and Youth Culture Exploration of the media’s influence within youth and adolescent culture. Includes both negative and -positive perspectives on the role of media (film, television, music, video games, Internet, etc.), the treatment of morality and meaning in media, and the importance of these issues for the life of the church. MIN 3363 Family Life Ministry A study of models for ministry to families in churches with an emphasis on a systems approach to family ministry. Emphasizes life cycle issues, church programming for families, and preventative planning. PR: Junior status. MIN 3423 Issues in Culture and Evangelism Explores the Biblical, theological, and cultural rationale for evangelism, paying special attention to the questions of content and function of evangelism and how the Christian message impacts (and is impacted by) various contemporary cultures. MIN 3523 Practical Issues in Ministry Explores the practical activities of the conGREgational minister with special attention to the wide variety of ministerial possibilities that might be pursued. Examines administration and organization, teaching and education, ceremonial responsibilities (such as weddings and funerals), as well as matters of ministerial finance and legal obligations. PR: Junior status. MIN 3613 Pastoral Care BIBlical, psychological, and practical guidelines for counseling in a church setting. PR: Junior status. MIN 3623 The Church and Society Explores the role of the church in society, providing theological evaluation of social institutions that call for Christian action and discusses the proper role of religion in public life. PR: Junior status. MIN 4873 Ministry Internship Apprenticeship in a religious organization: preaching, religious education, youth work, or personal evangelism. Requires a written activity report. Permission to enroll in MIN 4873 for academic credit is granted after consultation with the supervising professor and the completion of the internship work requirements. PR: PI

REL — RELIGION

REL 1003 Introduction to Christian Faith A survey of the central narrative and primary themes of the Christian faith with a brief discussion of historical developments and schools of thought that have shaped the belief and practice of the Christian tradition. REL 1013 Survey of Biblical Literature A survey of the Old and New Testaments with special emphasis given to the historical occasion, literary genre, and religious themes of each book.

THL — THEOLOGY

THL 2013 Personal Spiritual Formation A theological and practical introduction to spiritual development through the study of scripture and other works in spiritual formation and through experience in practicing the traditional Christian disciplines. PR: Sophomore status. THL 3613 Special Topics in Religion Various topics in the field of religion, as chosen by the instructor. PR: Junior status. THL 3703 Survey of Church History History of Christianity from its beginnings through the Reformation to the present day. Focuses on the development of various doctrines, including Scripture, Trinity, Christology, Church, and Salvation. PR: Junior status. Accelerated program only. THL 3793 History and Theology of the Christian Tradition I Focuses on fundamental Christian doctrines with a special emphasis on their development through history. Coverage begins in the first century and continues into the Medieval period. PR: Junior status. THL 3893 Special Topics in Historical Theology Examination of a specialized topic in the field of Historical Theology. Topics include the American Restoration Movement, religious life in the United States, Christianity in the Global South, the formation of the BIBle, and other specializations. PR: Junior status. THL 4003 History and Theology of the Christian Tradition II Focuses on fundamental Christian doctrines with a special emphasis on their development through history. Coverage begins in the Reformation era and continues into the present day. PR: Senior status. THL 4811 Senior Seminar in Bible & Ministry Required Capstone course for religion majors. An opportunity to discuss among peers and faculty and to revise, under faculty supervision, previously submitted work from prior upper-division religion courses. Participation in the seminar culminates in student presentations of papers. PR: any 3000 or 4000 level BIB, MIN, or REL course offered in the previous fall semester. THL 4963 Systematic Christian Doctrine Focuses on fundamental Christian doctrines, reflecting on formative BIBlical texts, historical development, cultural influences, and the written works of major theological thinkers. PR: Junior status. Accelerated program only