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Bible Course Descriptions

BIBL 5107 – Review: Biblical Greek

BIBL 5108 – New Testament Greek Intensive
A survey of the essentials of biblical Greek. The focus is on basic grammar, vocabulary, and the development of reading skills. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 5109 – New Testament Greek I
A survey of the essentials of biblical Greek. The focus is on basic grammar, vocabulary, and the development of reading skills. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 5110 – New Testament Greek II
A survey of the essentials of biblical Greek. The focus is on basic grammar, vocabulary, and the development of reading skills. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 5111 – New Testament Greek Exegesis
Attention will be given to the procedures and tools used in the exegetical process, textual criticism, translation, New Testament Greek syntax, theological implications, and application to ministry. Experience will be gained through the exegesis of a New Testament book.

BIBL 5112 – New Testament Greek Readings
The course is designed to increase the facility of students to read and translate New Testament Greek. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 5124 – The Book of Genesis
An exegetical survey of the Bible's first book with special reference to its canonical shape and major theological themes (e.g., creation, human rebellion, divine judgment, election, promise, and covenant). Consideration also is given to its important ancient Near Eastern parallels, role in the biblical canon, and contribution to biblical theology.

BIBL 5125 – The Book of Exodus
An in-depth exegetical treatment of the book of Exodus in its ancient Near Eastern and canonical contexts with special focus on its unique combination of narrative and legal genres, main theological themes, and role in the Pentateuch. The course also traces the important echoes of Exodus in the Old and New Testaments and its contribution to biblical theology.

BIBL 5127 – The Book of Deuteronomy
An inductive study of the book of Deuteronomy in the context of the ancient Near East and the Pentateuch. It explores its literary nature as the speeches of Moses, theories concerning its composition history and genre, and its relationship to an important Israelite theological movement. Primary attention given to in-depth treatment of selected passages, their major themes, the book's influence on later biblical books including the New Testament, and its implications for contemporary church life.

BIBL 5128 – The Book of Joshua
An inductive study of Joshua that focuses on its literary forms, cultural background, and theological perspective. This course pays particular attention to the book's practical implications, especially the nature of God and the problems of war and cultural conquest.

BIBL 5135 – The Book of Psalms
An inductive study of the literary form, cultural background, and theological perspective of selected psalms. The course suggests how psalms might be used in public and private worship.

BIBL 5137 – Wisdom Literature
Israelite wisdom teaching exhibits continuity and discontinuity with the oracles of the priests and prophets. This character, as well as its influence on later Jewish and Christian thought, marks it as an important area of study.

BIBL 5141 – The Book of Isaiah
This course involves reading the book of Isaiah and its various interpretations. It seeks to provide knowledge of the over-arching content (events, characters, themes) and original cultural and historical settings. Attention will be given to literary genres, critical issues, and inter-biblical interpretations as they aid the interpretation of Isaiah's text. The goal is to prepare students to appreciate, interpret, and teach from Isaiah in ministries of the church.

BIBL 5142 – The Book of Jeremiah
This course surveys the book of Jeremiah, the legacy of the prophet who interpreted the momentous events of Judah's last three decades and laid the theological foundations for its future. Discussion considers the book's historical background, composition, literary nature, and message. The course focuses primarily on inductive study of sample passages and their implications for Christian living and ministry today.

BIBL 5146 – Hosea and Amos
A study of the challenging messages of the prophets Amos and Hosea. Attention is given both to their historical context, the literary and rhetorical forms, and their relevance for Christians today.

BIBL 5150 – Interpreting the New Testament I
In this introductory treatment of the Gospels, attention is given to hermeneutics, critical approaches to the Gospels, historical background, the characteristics and message of each of the Gospels, and Jesus' life and teaching, especially his proclamation of the kingdom.

BIBL 5151 – Interpreting the New Testament II
This course is a survey of Acts through Revelation with special emphasis on the interpretive issues, historical context, distinctive content, theological peculiarities, and contemporary relevance of Acts and the New Testament letters.

BIBL 5153 – The Gospel of Mark
In this course the student will examine the life and teaching of Jesus as distinctively presented by the Gospel writer. The book will be studied from the standpoint of literature, history, theology, and its relevance to the life of the church.

BIBL 5157 – The Gospel of John
This course is an examination of John's distinctive presentation of the life and teaching of Jesus. The focus will be on Jesus' interaction with individuals and groups of diverse religious, economic, social, political, and educational backgrounds. The course will explore theological and practical implications for the church today.

BIBL 5158 – Acts
This course is an examination of how the early church went about fulfilling its evangelistic mandate. Analysis will include the relationship of Christianity to Judaism, the nature of the gospel message, missionary strategy, the life of the early church, internal tensions and their resolution, and whether Acts provides a model for the church today.

BIBL 5159 – Romans
The focus of this course is on the purpose, argument, and theology of this important letter. Crucial matters in Christian theology are treated, especially the understanding of salvation, the meaning of faith, the understanding of sin, the role of the law, and the place of Israel.

BIBL 5160 – The Gospel According to Paul
Throughout the history of the church Paul's letters have been crucial texts for those attempting to answer the question What is the gospel? This class explores some classic answers, examining both the impact upon them of their context and their own subsequent influence. Their significance for our own attempts to express the gospel is also considered.

BIBL 5161 – First Corinthians
This course explores the types of problems that a typical first century church faced in relating Christianity to the society in which they lived. Attention will be given to principles and guidelines for tackling similar issues for the church today.

BIBL 5162 – Second Corinthians
This course is an exegetical study that will focus on Paul's handling of internal and external challenges to his pastoral authority. Analysis will include the nature of pastoral ministry, church discipline, the nature of the gospel, the Christian perspective on death and resurrection, the principles and practice of stewardship, and the task of dealing with opposition inside and outside the church.

BIBL 5166 – Ephesians and Colossians
The analysis of these two closely related letters focuses on their teaching about Christology, salvation, life in Christ, and the church.

BIBL 5171 – First and Second Timothy and Titus
This course is a study of ministry in a first century, local church setting as reflected in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. The focus will be on analyzing the types of problems faced by those in pastoral ministry (e.g., worship order and roles, qualifications of lay leadership, false teaching, finances, the church in society, and congregational diversity); the purpose is to develop a theology of leadership and models for ministry in the local church today.

BIBL 5172 – Hebrews
This course is an exegetical study of Hebrews with a focus on its structure, argument, theology, and its place within the historical, social, and theological contexts of the early church.

BIBL 5174 – The Petrine Letters The Petrine Epistles
This course treats the letters of 1 and 2 Peter, paying primary attention to 1 Peter, its character as a letter, its use of the Old Testament and traditional material, and its relevance for the life of the church.

BIBL 5178 – Revelation
This course is an exegetical study of the New Testament Apocalypse of John. Attention is given to issues of genre, socio-historical setting, purpose, cultural-religious contexts, and the variety of interpretations of Revelation in the church.

BIBL 6100 – Biblical Hebrew I
This course is survey of the essentials of biblical Hebrew including basic grammar concepts and the strong verb. A special emphasis is placed on building vocabulary. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 6101 – Biblical Hebrew II
This course continues to introduce the student to grammar and vocabulary through the translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew. It seeks to provide a beginning knowledge of the exegetical task and the tools to achieve it. Special emphasis is given to understanding Hebrew syntax, literary techniques for interpretation, and use of exegetical resources. The goal is to prepare students to do exegesis as part of the teaching and preaching ministries of a local pastor. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 6102 – Hebrew Readings
In this course, students translate and discuss selected texts from the Hebrew Bible in order to enhance their facility with the Hebrew language. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 6104 – Review: Hebrew

BIBL 6105 – Biblical Hebrew Exegesis Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth
This course is an introduction to the tasks and tools for proper exegesis of the Old Testament in Hebrew. Primary attention given to intensive exegesis of selected Hebrew texts as the vehicle for enhancing the student's interpretive skills. The course introduces the analysis of Hebrew syntax and literary style, the application of modern exegetical methods, and the use of computer software for exegesis. It also underscores the connection between interpretation and theology through theological reflection that arises from rigorous exegesis.

BIBL 6108 – Beginning Hebrew Intensive
A survey of the essentials of biblical Hebrew. The focus is on basic grammar, vocabulary, and the development of reading skills. Course is only graded pass/fail.

BIBL 6120 – Interpreting the Old Testament I
This course surveys the story of the People of God in the first twelve books of the Old Testament known as the Torah and the Former Prophets. It seeks to provide a beginning knowledge of the over-arching narrative content (events, characters, themes). Attention will be given to historical and cultural background, critical problems and literary genres as they aid interpretation of specific texts. The goal is to prepare students to appreciate, interpret and teach from these books in ministries of the Church.

BIBL 6121 – Interpreting the Old Testament II
This course surveys five wisdom and seventeen prophetical books of the Old Testament. It seeks to provide knowledge of the over-arching content (events, characters, themes) and original cultural and historical settings. Attention will be given to literary genres, critical issues, and inter-biblical interpretations as they aid interpretation of texts. The goal is to prepare students to appreciate, interpret, and teach from these books in ministries of the Church.

BIBL 6200 – Reading Scripture
This course explores the doctrine of Scripture, and significant approaches to its interpretation, in order to enrich biblical preaching and teaching.

BIBL 6220 – Biblical Preaching
The student will practice moving from biblical text to sermon with a focus on a selected book of the Bible. Issues related to preaching from biblical genres (ancestral narrative, wisdom poetry, prophecy) will be discussed as students prepare and deliver sermons. Topics include: the story of Joseph and his family, Proverbs, Jeremiah. Cross-listed with MNST 6220.

BIBL 6225 – Apocalyptic Literature
Biblical and extra-biblical apocalyptic eschatology is studied in this seminar with the life of the church and contemporary interpretations of prophecy always in view.

BIBL 6245 – Women of the Old Testament
This course explores the Old Testament's portrait of selected women from ancient Israel. It features in-depth discussion of the biblical text, important recent interpreters, and selected ancient Near Eastern female portraits. Consideration is also given to the metaphorical portrait of God as female. Its goal is to lead the student to formulate an understanding of the nature of woman and her roles in light of biblical theology.

BIBL 6247 – Old Testament Theology
A survey of the methods, leading scholars, and major topics of Old Testament theology. It gives particular stress to theological reflection on Old Testament texts and the distillation of their theology. It introduces students both to the basic theological content of the Old Testament and to the life-long task of doing theology.

BIBL 6248 – The Best Stories Ever Told: Old Testament Narratives
An examination of selected Old Testament narratives that considers their literary art, ideology, themes, theology, and purpose. An introduction to recent literary theories and interpretive approaches sets the scene for in-depth discussion of the biblical texts. The goal is to teach the student to move from literary analysis to the discovery of the theology that emerges from the literature.

BIBL 6254 – The Parables of Jesus
Attention to hermeneutical issues and to both ancient and modern literary discussions of parables provides the framework for understanding the parables of Jesus. Most of the course focuses on analysis of individual parables and their proclamation in the church.

BIBL 6260 – New Testament Theology
This course gives attention to methodological issues in New Testament theology and to major modern New Testament theologians. The course attempts to clarify both the distinctive theologies within the New Testament and also the deep congruence and unity among the New Testament documents without sacrificing either.

BIBL 6261 – Paul and His Theology
This course examines the dominant themes and perspectives of Paul's gospel including, but not limited to, his understanding of sin, the person and work of Christ, salvation, the church, and the ethical demands of the Christian life. Special attention will be given to how Paul's theology informs the work of the church today as it addresses contemporary issues and challenges.

BIBL 6262 – Symposium: Topics Course
This course is held in conjunction with the annual North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture and deals with the topic of the symposium for that year. Students are required to attend all sessions of the Symposium as well as scheduled class sessions.

BIBL 6263 – Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healing
This interdisciplinary course will examine the dominant themes and perspectives on health and healing found in the Bible. An understanding of health, healing, and disease within the cultural, historical, and linguistic context of Scripture will be studied, as well as biblical perspectives on individual and community dimensions of health. Our contemporary understandings and practice of health and healing will be examined in light of these biblical perspectives.

BIBL 6264 – Biblical Eschatology
An analysis of the eschatology of both testaments and a treatment of the crucial texts and theological themes. The course offers instruction on such themes as judgment and salvation, heaven and hell, and realized and future eschatology. Attention is also given to the development of eschatology in the Bible and to various modern attempts to explain eschatology.

BIBL 6280 – Women, the Bible, and the Church
This course seeks to develop a biblical and theological understanding of the divinely intended relationship of male and female, gender and ministry, headship and submission, leadership and theology, and God and gender. It pays particular attention to major interpretive issues and their relevance for leadership and ministry roles today.

BIBL 6290 – Ethnic American Biblical Interpretation
The course interprets select biblical texts from the Old and New Testament with an appreciation for how African-American, Asian-American, Latin-American, and other ethnic-American scholars hear these same texts from their respective cultural locations and social histories. Special attention is given to exegetical method, theological reflection, and cultural hermeneutics.

BIBL 7190 – Special Topics in Biblical Studies
This open category allows periodic focus on various special topics in biblical studies.

BIBL 7191 – Young Life Staff Training Courses
These courses are offered by Young Life and given graduate credit through North Park Theological Seminary.

BIBL 7192 – Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Staff Training Courses
These courses are offered by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and given graduate credit through North Park Theological Seminary.

BIBL 7201 – Bible, Race and Gender
This interdisciplinary course seeks to develop a biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral perspective on justice, race, and gender. Issues of systemic evil (both institutional and individual), patterns of dominance and sub-dominance, the dynamics of power and its abuses, and the psychology of transference will be treated from a theological and cultural perspective. Key biblical passages related to themes of repentance, forgiveness, submission, justice, reconciliation, empowerment, and mutuality will be explored with an eye to application to issues of race and gender.

BIBL 7390 – Independent Study in Bible
An opportunity for students to explore a topic of interest outside the regular curriculum. Instructor's permission requred. Submission of course proposal/syllabus to the academic dean is required.

BIBL 7490 – Thesis I: Topics in Bible Masters Thesis: Biblical Field

BIBL 7491 – Thesis II: Topics in Bible Masters Thesis: Biblical Field