Biblical Studies Minor

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BIBLICAL STUDIES MINOR 16 HOURS

Students in any associate or bachelor’s degree program will meet most requirements for this minor through the Biblical Literature, Religion, and Theology requirements in the General Education Core. *Already-required courses marked with an asterisk. Only two additional courses complete the minor: GB100, and an elective from the list below.

REQUIRED COURSES13 HOURS

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    An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Note: GB100 is a prerequisite for all 200-level or higher Bible courses.
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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

ELECTIVE COURSE3 HOURS

Choose one of the following courses:
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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Principles of biblical interpretation. Examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic with application to selected biblical texts. Historical survey of Jewish and Christian exegetical systems.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee* *One-time software fee, charged the first time a student takes any hermeneutics or advanced biblical languages course. This $500 fee purchases a lifetime license for a biblical languages research library.
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    The synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels, and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: NT102
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    An analytical and synthetic study of Acts with emphasis on the content of the early Christian preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: NT102
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    An exegetical and expository study of Romans, with emphasis on the doctrines of sin, salvation, and Christian ethics.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisites: NT102, Junior standing
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    An exegetical and expository study of Galatians, with emphasis on the introductory section of the letter. Contemporary application to the doctrines of sin, salvation and Christian ethics.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisites: NT102, Junior standing
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    The first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis on historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Outlines, analysis, and exposition of significant sections.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: OT101
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    The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Junior standing
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    The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Jr. standing

For help with declaring a minor or certification, please contact the University Registrar’s Office. Students changing majors, may consider using coursework from the previous major toward one of these programs. Guidelines for minors and certifications may be found in the Academics section of the Traditional Undergraduate Catalog, under “Additional Program Options.”

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