- Old Testament Biblical Courses
- New Testament Biblical Courses
- Doctrine and Theology Courses
- Ministry and Practical Skill Courses
- Research Projects
101 OT OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
A study of the books of Genesis through Malachi. The primary focus will be on the author, history, theology, and interpretive challenges of these Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to the interpretation of the poetic and wisdom literature and to the Hebrew prophets and their oracles.
100 OT GENESIS
An intensive doctrinal and historical study of the text considering the related issues of chronology, creation, the fall, the flood and the patriarchal culture setting. The lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph are given special attention for their practical value.
102 OT EXODUS
This course is an in-depth study of the book of Exodus, with emphasis on practical application, as well as on giving a working knowledge of the book, including background information. The lessons will help in understanding the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, as well as how God’s providence was at work in Old Testament times.
106 OT JOSHUA
This course will examine the book of Joshua with a focus on understanding its major themes and using them in exposition in a Christian ministry context. Special attention will be given to (1) distinctive themes in Joshua, (2) their links with other Old Testament themes, and (3) their relevance in the modern world. Special attention also will be given to proper methods of exegesis and ways of reading a Hebrew text.
127 OT DANIEL
An expository treatment of this major apocalyptic book of the Bible. This verse-by-verse study will be supplemented with historical, doctrinal and eschatological materials from a premillennial standpoint emphasizing the relationship between the prophetic books and Revelation.
140 OT PSALMS
The course begins by focusing on the formulation and interpretation of the psalms. Students then examine in detail the various types of psalms: lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise.
120 OT PROVERBS
This verse-by-verse study details the wisdom teachings of God for daily living. Special studies are given on major themes in Proverbs, such as wisdom, foolishness, righteousness, laziness, scoffing, friends, wickedness, the wife, the family (marriage) and child raising. Students will (1) learn who God says is wise and who is foolish, (2) be better able to recognize that which is wise when they see or hear it and (3) better understand Proverbs and develop application skills.
121 OT ECCLESIASTES
The course is a verse-by-verse exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes. Attention will be placed on helping the student understand the book’s place in the canon of Scripture, authorship, allegorical usage, ethical issues revolving around the meaning and actions of life, solutions to problem passages, and discovering and applying God’s greatest truth for our lives.
OT SONG OF SOLOMON
This is an in-depth study of the Song of Solomon with special emphasis on practical application. Students will (1) acquire a working knowledge of the text, (2) be able to refute error and (3) be able to teach these truths to others. This course will help instill a proper biblical view of marriage and sex, and will increase your understanding of what loving husbands and wives should do for their mates. It also will help students see marriage as a gift of God (full of beauty and holiness) when conducted as God would have it.
174 OT PENTATEUCH
This course is designed to introduce the student to the historical, literary, and theological interpretation of the Pentateuch. It will begin with an overview of the critical issues surrounding the Pentateuch and its five individual books, followed by focused study of several so-called “problem passages” that have presented interpretive difficulties.
176 OT TYPES IN THE TABERNACLE
This study is a systematic, expository, and chronological development of the tabernacle text in Exodus, and then from companion passages in the Pentateuch.
184 OT PROPHECIES FULFILLED
An in-depth study of prophecies already fulfilled in the Old Testament pointing to the Messiah’s first and second coming as recorded in the New Testament.
188 OT JUDAISM
In this course, students will experience the beginnings of Judaism and become familiar with some of the basic beliefs and tenants of one of the largest religions in the world. You’ll be introduced to the Synagogue and life customs and traditions such as bris and bar mitzvah. Jewish celebrations and Holy Days are also briefly introduced to offer greater understanding of the origination and importance of traditions found within Judaism.
189 OT OLD TESTAMENT TYPES OF CHRIST
A study of the types of Christ in the Old Testament and fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
190 OT HISTORY OF THE BIBLE-BABYLON
The course will focus on reading Chronicles and understanding their place in the writing of History in Babylonia, and the Biblical literature.
540 OT THE LAW
The development and role Israel’s law played in the life of God’s elect. This class will read the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
541 OT A HARMONY OF THE BOOK OF SAMUEL – KINGS AND CHRONICLES
A historical survey of the nation of Israel from the early life of Samuel through the divided kingdom up to Cyrus decrees rebuilding in Jerusalem.
542 OT JUDAH’S RETURN AND RESTORATION
A historical study beginning with Cyrus decrees to rebuild in Jerusalem and the restoration period. Students will study the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, Ezekiel, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
543 OT THE PROPHETS OF OLD
A survey of Obadiah (850–840 B.C.), Joel (835–796 B.C.), Jonah (784-760 B.C.), Amos (763-755 B.C.), Hosea (755-710 B.C.), Micah (735-710 B.C.), Nahum (650-630 B.C.), Zephaniah (635-625 B.C.), Jeremiah and Jeremiah’s lamentations (627-570 B.C. and Habakkuk (620-605 B.C.)
544 OT BOOKS OF WISDOM
A study of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Their place in the cannon of scripture, authorship, allegorical usage and ethical issues.
200 NT MATTHEW
An exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew based on the English text, attention is given to backgrounds, critical issues, and original language insights. Critical issues of the individual book are reviewed in relation to the wider issues of the surrounding biblical material.
201 NT MARK
This study of Mark’s gospel, will highlight Christ’s baptism and temptation; His choosing of the twelve; His parables; His love for, dependence upon, and obedience to the Father; His power and His person. Lastly, and most importantly, His propitiatory death and His glorious resurrection, which procure for the believer eternal salvation. This is the reason for the title ‘Gospel’, the good news found in Jesus Christ. These topics will move us to a greater appreciation for the beauty of His Person and the miraculous power of His nature.
202 NT LUKE
An intensive approach to Luke’s gospel proceeds from the premise that the author was both an historian and a theologian, who chose to communicate through narrative his account of Jesus Christ. Although the introductory matters will be dealt with and some comparisons with the writings of Mark and Matthew will be drawn, the focus will be on Luke’s narrative.
203 NT JOHN
An analytical and exegetical study of the Gospel of John with special emphasis on John’s Christology that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
205 NT ACTS
A study of the growth and development of the first century church as recorded by the accurate historian, Luke. Special attention will be given to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the ministries of Peter and Paul.
206 NT ROMANS
An analytical and exegetical study of Romans, giving attention to the great doctrinal issues of condemnation, justification, sanctification, the place of Israel, and practical Christian living.
219 NT HEBREWS
This course is an exegetical study of the sermon to the Hebrews, focusing on the superiority of Jesus our High Priest and the superiority of the new covenant over the old. Students will learn the contents of Hebrews and the implications of Jesus’ once-for-all atoning sacrifice.
220 NT JAMES
This is an in-depth study of the book of James. Students will come to understand the relationship between faith and works, James’ instructions to the Christian teacher and the phrase “anointing with oil” as used by James.
227 NT REVELATION
The Book of Revelation provides a glorious description of Jesus Christ as “Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end.” All of history’s events are culminated in this fantastic story of Christ’s ultimate triumph over evil and the restoration of all things to their created design.
229 NT SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT I
This course includes a study of the Gospels, including a survey of the historical background and geography of the New Testament. A study of Acts, the letters, and the Revelation, including a survey of the historical background of each.
294 NT NEW TESTAMENT BIOGRAPHIES
A look at some of the more prominent characters in the New Testament.
295 NT SERMON ON THE MOUNT
An in-depth expository verse by verse study of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.
299 NT NEW TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY
A survey of important archaeological findings in relation to the New Testament Scriptures.
622 NT LIFE OF PAUL
A study of the life of Paul as depicted in Scripture and extra-biblical writings. The course examines his pre-Christian life, conversion, post-conversion ministry, and writings.
635 NT SURVEY OF SEVEN GENERAL EPISTLES
Students will study James; 1st and 2nd Peter; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John; and Jude.
301 DS SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I : KNOWING GOD
This course takes a systematic approach to understanding God’s plan, His universal and particular revelation, what God is like, what God does and to explain the essential elements of the doctrine of the trinity.
302 DS SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II : GENERAL TOPICS
An intensive study of theology and different thoughts on doctrine taken through Christian history. Focus is placed on the leaders of theological thought, philosophical backgrounds in the history of dogma and creeds.
304 DS HERMENEUTICS
A study of the nature, methods, and issues of biblical interpretation. This course will expose students to a variety of different approaches, demonstrate the crucial importance of hermeneutics and the role genre plays in interpretation, and assist them in developing their own hermeneutical method.
307 DS THEOLOGY : SOTERIOLOGY
This course is an in depth study of the provision and application of salvation covering doctrines as redemption, propitiation, election, calling, justification, regeneration, sanctification, and perseverance.
309 DS RELIGION IN BIBLICAL DAYS
An in-depth study of worship under the law (animal sacrifices) as compared to worship under grace (Christ as our sacrifice).
311 DS ESCHATOLOGY
An in-depth study of the nature of the Church and the doctrine of Last Things.
313 DS THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
This study explores the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in creation and nature: His relationship to believers, His relationship to Israel and all nations, His ministry in Acts of the Apostles, in the life of Christ; the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the eschatology of the Holy Spirit.
324 DS PROPHETS AND PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE
A study of the prophets as preachers of righteousness to their contemporaries focusing on the application of their message to us.
337 DS MAJOR BIBLE DOCTRINES
A survey of the major Biblical doctrines will include: Apologetics, Christology, Pneumatology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
393 DS DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
This course is a study of the biblical doctrine of the Church. It includes a survey of the biblical terminology and imagery, examination of the origin of the Church and its relationship to other aspects of God’s program, exegesis of key New Testament passages and the study of the purposes of the Church.
398 DS APOLOGETICS
Apologetics is designed to have students formulate a sound defense of their faith. In this class, there are several controversial subjects explained in clear detail.
702 DS FOUNDATIONS OF OUR FAITH
A detailed historical study of the development of Christian doctrines. Focus is placed on the leaders of theological thought, philosophical backgrounds in the history of dogma and creeds.
720 DS THEOLOGY : AN INTRODUCTION
This course introduces the student to systematic theology focusing particularly on understanding the discipline and demonstrating the need for systematic theology in the contemporary church.
721 DS THEOLOGY : HEAVEN AND HELL
This course will provide biblical concepts of Heaven and Hell.
722 DS THEOLOGY : A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DISPENSATIONALISM AND COVENANTALISM
This course will provide a comparison of two primary conceptual overviews and interpretive frameworks for understanding the overall flow of the bible.
723 OT HISTORY OF THE BIBLE
A study of the history of the Bible, beginning with the prehistory, development, and history of writing. The history of the Bible is traced from the time of the first written documents until the present time. The general themes include the concept of canon, the development of the Old Testament canon, the development of the New Testament canon, the transmission of the text, early versions of the Bible beginning with the Septuagint, the development of the English Bible from Tyndale to the latest versions, and translation theory, its implications, and applications. Including an examination of the inspiration and infallibility of scripture.
724 DS WORLD RELIGIONS
The principles and practices of the most significant world religions are discussed and evaluated. The course goes beyond descriptions and identifies points of contact and cultural opportunities for effective communication, understanding and engagement.
402 MPS HOMILETICS I
A study of the nature of preaching and principles of sermon construction, with attention given to the basic materials of the sermon, methods of preparation and delivery.
403 MPS HOMILETICS II
Basic principles of voice articulation, oral interpretation of scripture, and methods of sermon delivery.
405 MPS COMPARATIVE RELIGION
An examination of important contemporary American religious groups from the standpoint of the Christian faith, including: Mormons; Jehovah Witnesses; The Unification Church; Witchcraft and Astrology; and the New Age Movement.
406 MPS TEACHING TECHNIQUES
A practical study of the New Testament ministry of teaching with an emphasis given to philosophy, principles and practices of teaching, learning situations, with experience in preparation of lesson plans.
407 MPS GEOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND
An investigation of the history, customs, archaeology, and geography of the Biblical world from Creation through present time.
411 MPS DEAD SEA SCROLLS
This course examines the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Focus is placed upon their history, the events leading up to their discovery, and how it influenced Judeo-Christian tradition.
414 MPS CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
A course covering the functions of the local church and its administration.
419 MPS CHURCH HISTORY I (Acts – Luther)
A survey of early Church history, including Church government, ministry, historiography, early Christian apologetics, and the various collections of early Christian literature. This will include, the first fifteen centuries of the Christian Church including the persecutions, the development of Roman Catholicism during the Middle Ages, and the groups which dissented.
421 MPS CHURCH HISTORY II (Luther – Global Christianity)
A survey of Church history from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
A survey of the Christian Church from the 16th century to the present. Includes the background, development and results of the Reformation, modern missions, the ecumenical movement, American Christianity and Evangelism.
440 MPS PERSONAL EVANGELISM
This course explains the basic principles followed by missionaries and evangelists for sharing the message of Christianity. Focus is placed upon practical networking and communication skills.
814 MPS BIBLICAL COUNSELING
An in-depth study of the concepts and distinctive features of biblical counseling. This course will focus on: (1) how biblical counseling differs from some of the more common secular models and theories. (2) what it involves; (3) and the role of the counselor.
847 MPS PRISON MINISTRY
This course instructs how to develop and execute a ministry to those who are incarcerated.
856 MPS PASTORAL MINISTRY
An examination of the biblical principles of Christian leadership. Students will develop a personal philosophy of ministry that is grounded in scripture appropriate to his call.
900 MPS ETHICS IN MINISTRY
The purpose of this course is to teach ministers their moral role and the ethical responsibilities of the minister. This course addresses sensitive areas of the ministry that will display the heart and life of a minister. This course will provide a general overview of the entire scope of ministerial ethics. It will address different ethical issues from biblical and theological perspective. The course will help the student establish basic methods and approaches to maintaining high ethical standards in their lives and ministries.
901 MPS EXPOSITORY PREACHING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
This course instructs students how to design and deliver expository messages or lessons from the Old Testament. Students will be taught the expository preaching and teaching method, which takes the point of the Hebrew text and makes it the point of the sermon. Students will prepare expository messages to be preached in class, and in turn, enjoy the benefits of peer evaluation.
902 MPS EXPOSITORY PREACHING FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT
This course instructs students how to design and deliver expository messages from the New Testament. Students will prepare expository messages to be preached in class, and in turn, enjoy the benefits of peer evaluation.
903 MPS METHODS AND MODELS OF PREACHING
A course designed to equip church leaders with the knowledge of the methods and models available in the exposition of Scriptures.
904 MPS LOGOS BIBLE SOFTWARE
A study of the Logos Bible Software program, focusing on how the program works, and how to retrieve information and use it in Bible study. Special attention will be given to the ability to navigate, customize, and search the software, and to prepare layouts, handouts, and Bible study materials.
905 MPS LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
This course will focus on a careful study of biblical leadership principles, the functions of administration with application to the local church with practical application to personal ministry.
1000 RP RESEARCH AND WRITING (3)
A course to develop skills in a variety of research methods including qualitative, quantitative, and historical research techniques. Students will investigate appropriate use of primary sources, books, peer-review journals, periodicals, electronic media, etc., for use in scholarly writing. Attention will be given to developing a thesis statement, subproblems, hypotheses, delimitations, definition of terms, assumptions, the importance of a study problem, using related literature for critical thinking, advancing arguments, structure strengthening, how to present evidence, how to edit sentences, and how to write a conclusion.
Seminars are offered throughout the academic year, Typically, they are 3 credit hours. Non-degree seeking students may take the seminars for a $50 audit fee. Current information concerning upcoming topics may be found at www.jbtsem.com.