BBL100 — Introduction to the Bible (3)
An introduction to the Christian Bible that provides students with a knowledge of: the storyline or principal events in the Old and New Testaments (together with a timeline); distinctive features of the various literary genres within the Bible; the historical contexts of biblical events and writings; central theological themes; the historical formation of the Christian canon; and Christian views regarding the inspiration of the Bible.
BBL211 — Synoptic Gospels (3)
An examination of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as portrayed in the three synoptic gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke. During this course, the student develops skills in the interpreting of early Christian literature. Some attention will be given to the recent searches for the historical Jesus.
BBL217 — Old Testament Historical Books (3)
This course takes the student on a journey through the historical books of the Old Testament from Joshua - Esther. Throughout this course we observe the literary style used by the historians to weave the narrative of Israel's history. The form and context of these books are examined according to the Hebrew tradition to delineate the theological perspectives of each historian. This course also examines how each historian presents key figures such as prophets and kings differently, giving us insight into the original audience's perception of these important figures and how God's purposes were fulfilled throughout history. The purpose of this course is to gain an awareness of the deep theological questions asked throughout the history of Israel and draw in the rich theological themes of history into continuity with modern day living. History's lessons serve to give us courage in the present and hope in the future.
BBL220 — Pentateuch (3)
A foundational study of the first five books of the Bible with emphasis on its literature and various developing themes such as creation, the fall, redemption and covenant. The Law of Moses along with the Hebrew culture are studied and then discussed with a view to a proper application to New Testament theology and modern–day Christianity.
BBL224 — Psalms & Wisdom Literature (3)
This course explores the Old Testament books of Psalms and the wisdom literature of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. We will study the message, themes, literary structure, and key critical issues of each of the books, and learn to apply the wisdom in these five books to one's spiritual life and ministry.
In this course you will take an in depth look at the majesty, ministry and the ministers of the Messiah from a Messianic Jewish perspective. We will look at how the author of Hebrews skillfully weaves the many truths of the Tanakh (Old Testament) bringing them together in order to paint a cohesive picture of the Messiah Yeshua as the Fulfiller of the sacrificial system.
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BBL231 — Yeshua King Messiah in the Book of Matthew (2)
This course will be a chapter by chapter overview of this foundational book of the New Testament. The Gospel of Matthew provides a direct link from the Hebrew Scriptures to the life and ministry of Yeshua as the promised Messiah. The special focus of this class will be the study of the Jewish culture and the first century Judaism in which Yeshua lived. We will be reading many segments from the Gospel of Matthew as well as the commentary by Rabbi Kasdan to better understand our Messiah in His original context.
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This course examines what Scripture teaches about salvation and reconciliation to God through Yeshua the Messiah. We will examine the overall purpose of God for humanity, Israel and Israel's inter-generational partnerships with the global community of God's people. Yeshua Himself, God's agent of Messianic redemption, will be highlighted from the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). We will explore the nature of the New Covenant with Israel and the nations in light of apostolic teaching and the ministry and gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) in accordance with the divine objectives of God's commitment to His own full disclosure.
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The Psalms are often called the national hymnbook of Israel. In its pages we see the life of a believer pictured in all the experiences of joy and sorrow, victory and failure. The Psalms put our deepest hurts, longings, thoughts and prayers into words. They cover every emotion and all peaks and valleys of life. In this course you will explore the Psalms from a Messianic Jewish perspective. By taking this course you will be better equipped to face the challenges of living a life of faith in the 21st century and become more qualified to use the Psalms in your own ministry.
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BBL250 — Applied Hermeneutics in Romans (3)
Using the book of Romans, Paul’s most complete presentation of Christian theology, as the focus, students learn basic hermeneutical principles and how to apply appropriate interpretive strategies to understand the Bible. Other portions of Scripture are used to understand appropriate hermeneutical approaches to various genres. However, by focusing most of our attention on the book of Romans as the example text, students also gain an understanding of the main message of this key portion of the Bible. Note: This course is only applicable to the Diploma in Global Studies program.
BBL310 — Biblical Hermeneutics (3)
An introduction to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation. Attention is given to the history of interpretation, to some basic principles of hermeneutics, and to appropriate interpretive strategies for various biblical genres.
Prerequisites: BBL211 and BBL220.
BBL311 — Acts (3)
An intensive study of the book of Acts. This course is designed to help students better understand the unique features of Luke’s recording of the events of the early church in Acts. The study will focus upon the beginnings of the Christian church in Judea and on its mission and expansion beyond Palestine and Judaism.
BBL314 — Pauline Epistles I (3)
An intensive exegetical study of two of the principle New Testament letters written by the apostle Paul, namely Galatians and Romans. The course explores the features of epistolary literature, the historical factors which gave rise to Galatians and Romans, the distinctive themes of each letter, the flow and structure of Paul’s argument in both, and the contemporary application of themes discovered in these letters.
BBL319 — General Epistles and Revelation (3)
This course is a study of Hebrews; James; I and II Peter; I, II and III John; Jude and Revelation with a special emphasis given to personal application of Scripture.
BBL322 — Minor Prophets (3)
A study of the twelve prophets, Hosea to Malachi, with emphasis on the historic background and the application of the message of each book to contemporary life.
BBL324 — Major Prophets (3)
An exploration of Old Testament prophecy, its interpretation, its Messianic themes, and its relationship to Hebrew history and the Babylonian captivity. An overview of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel with a detailed examination of selected portions.
BBL412 — Gospel of John (3)
An intensive study of the Gospel of John with emphasis upon its distinctive character, historical context, theological motifs, and narrative structure.
An exegetical study of one of the shorter epistles. Prerequisite: LNG383.
BBL417 — New Testament Backgrounds (3)
This course is a study of the historical, cultural, religious, and political backgrounds of the New Testament. Students become acquainted with Jewish history, institutions, literature, and religious sects during the second temple period, and with the Greco–Roman context of early Christianity.
Prerequisite: BBL211 and BBL220.
For Bible majors who have completed 15 hours of credit in the division. A study, guided by faculty regulations, including reading, library research and exegesis in biblical literature with a written report.