ISP - Curriculum
Α survey of the general historical and theological development of the Old Testament. Every book of the Old Testament is summarily developed in its historical and social context with a view to understanding its basic content and structure, its literary genre and its special contribution to the complete message of Scripture (3 credit hours.)
Survey of the general historical and theological development of the New Testament. Every book is studied synthetically in its historical and social context, for the purpose of understanding its basic content, its literary genre and the special message which it contributes to the whole Scriptural Canon (3 credit hours.)
An expository study of I and II Corinthians with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books. A verse-by-verse exposition will follow a brief study of authorship, background, destination and purpose (3 credit hours.)
A verse-by-verse study of the Epistle to the Hebrews. An investigation of priestly Christology, and the use of the Old Testament in this Epistle. Applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service (3 credit hours.)
Introduction and evaluation of a variety of Bible Study Methods. Description of, and practice in the synthetic, analytic, word-study, thematic, theological, critical, biographical and comparative methods. Presentation of the most basic rules of hermeneutics, as well as of literary factors that influence interpretation. Survey of the basic ways in which computer programs can be used in biblical research (3 credit hours.)
An intensive historical and literary study of the text of Genesis as a foundational book for understanding biblical theology. Emphasis on the theology of creation, the fall, the flood, Babel, the Patriarchal culture setting, the covenant, family, universal blessing, etc. Analysis of the problematic morality of the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; discussion of the ways in which Genesis can be applied in the modern world (3 credit hours.)
An in-depth study of how to lead people to Christ. Special attention will be given to the theology of all aspects of evangelism, including follow-up. Various approaches and methods of presentation will be considered, including open-air evangelism using sketch-boards and other visual aids in the presentation of the Gospel. Emphasis will be placed on evangelism in the local church setting including Bible texts with particular application for children and young people. Opportunity will be given for evangelism in the community in order to put into practice what has been learned (3 credit hours.)
A study of the biblical, theological and ecclesiastical principles which lead to the moral and spiritual development of the Christian. The Christian Life is studied at every level, from its theological foundations to its daily expression in all areas of life, whether personal or social. The course includes a comparison of the Reformation view of spirituality in comparison with other traditions. The purpose is that the student will progress in his or her own personal and inter-personal spirituality, in order to be an effective example for others as he or she engages in ministry (3 credit hours.)
Introduction to basic methodology of biblical study and research, use of primary and secondary sources for the purpose of writing documented academic research papers, as well as use of all the basic tools (instrumenta studiorum) for research in biblical and theological studies (1 credit hour.)
A survey of the evidences for the central truths of Christianity: the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the authority and truth of the Bible (3 credit hours.)
A study of human behavior from a Christian and Biblical standpoint. Basic contemporary concepts of psychology are examined, and the history of psychology is developed, as well as different approaches, including the position of Christianity towards psychology. The course focuses on sensation and perception, memory, language, thought and recall, intelligence, temperament, defense mechanisms, personality and its development, as well as spiritual subjects such as gifts, forgiveness and guilt. Different psychological testing instruments are used for the personal benefit of the student. The purpose is the theoretical integration of psychology and Christian theology, but also the practical application of aspects of psychology in pastoral counseling.
This course concerns the nature, attributes and names, as well as the works and decrees of God. It also examines the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, as well as giving a broader review of the whole of theology (3 credit hours.)
A continuation of general survey of Bible doctrine designed to synthesize and outline five major areas of systematic theology, including anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology and eschatology (3 credit hours.)
An introductory course in New Testament Greek designed to provide the student with a foundation in the terminology and basic principles of New Testament Greek grammar and syntax. (Students who have a solid foundation in New Testament Greek from Greek High School may opt to test out of Greek Grammar and begin directly with Greek II Syntax.)
A study of the basic morphology and syntax of New Testament Greek for students who have completed New Testament Greek I or who need an extensive review in the elements of the language. The overall objective of this class is to gain a better understanding of the New Testament and to be less dependent on translations for understanding and explaining the Greek text.
The aim of this course is to develop students’ familiarity with oral and written Greek through dialogues dealing with everyday situations and written material drawn from current event. Emphasis is on oral communication. Grammar, conjugation of regular verbs and the declension of various nouns, pronouns and adjectives, is learned through dialogues illustrating everyday communication, while students gain practice by role-playing and acting out numerous everyday situations. The vocabulary used, including basic Greek forms, syntax, pronunciation and accent, meets basic needs for an environment where Greek is spoken.
This course is designed to further develop students’ fluency in Greek. Emphasis is given to oral practice, which includes active use of the spoken language, without neglecting the written language. Grammar is presented through dialog from everyday situations and written material from newspapers and magazines. Students engage in discussions on common topics.
Prerequisite: GREK 201 or permission of instructor