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Two questions are preeminent—what does the Bible say and what does it mean? Students are encouraged to become independent as careful exegetes and interpreters of God's Word with the goal being the application in life and ministry of God's eternal truth. BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation Foundational for all biblical studies, this course introduces the students to the proper principles and methods for correctly interpreting scripture. It traces the history of interpreting the Bible since its writing, the need for appropriate presuppositions, the nature of preunderstanding, the goals for interpretation, essential methods for performing the task, and an introduction to the various genres of both testaments as the requisite basis for doing biblical interpretation today. Offered fall and spring semesters. Two hours. NT 501, 502 Learning New Testament Greek Introduces the morphology and syntax of the Greek language of the New Testament. The first semester covers the essentials of grammar and the development of a basic working vocabulary. In the second semester the student is introduced to the fundamental tasks of exegesis and textual criticism, and students translate selected New Testament texts, practice exegetical methods and do introductory grammatical layouts. NT 502 prerequisite: NT 501. NT 501 and NT 502 offered fall and spring semesters and summers. Three hours each semester. NT 511 Understanding the Gospels and Acts This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Counseling: BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours. NT 512 Understanding the Epistles and Revelation Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Students engage in the inductive study of a selected biblical passage to increase their ability to engage in interpretation of the New Testament for themselves or research and write a paper on a topic that integrates counseling with some portion of the second half of the New Testament. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Counseling: BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours. NT 540–560 Analysis of Selected Books Engages students electing one of these courses in a careful study of the English text of one or more New Testament books. Two hours. NT 565 The Parables of Jesus Examines the nature and significance of the parables of our Lord in the context of Jesus' teaching, the evangelists' editing and the church today. Two hours. 107

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