Course Descriptions

COURSE LOAD

Entering this program differs from the SOM in a couple of ways. While SOM students must take all classes offered for a particular year, CCBCCGS allows students to take a reduced load. It would be very difficult to do this program in one year and work at the same time. If a student is taking a reduced load, it is recommended that he take the language courses first, because they will impact other classes. Another difference is that a student may begin part-time in the spring semester.

Course Descriptions

Even Year

Fall Semester

The First Temple Period 2 credits A study of Judah from the time of the dedication of Solomon’s temple to its fall based on 2 Chronicles. Consideration will be given to the pre-exilic prophets to the Southern Kingdom. overview

*Old Testament Survey 2 credits An overview of the themes of the individual books of each Old Testament book together with introductory matters such as authorship and date.

Essentials of Hebrew 1 3 credits An introduction to the study of the elements of biblical Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

Spring Semester

Essentials of Hebrew 2 3 credits A continuation of the class Essentials of Hebrew 1.

The Second Temple Period 2 credits Israel’s history from the rebuilding of the temple after the Babylonian exile to its destruction in A.D. 70 will be examined. The role of the post-exilic prophets will be considered. The focus will be on the Jewish historical and cultural backgrounds of the New Testament.

*Old Testament Survey 2 credits An overview of the themes of the individual books of each Old Testament book together with introductory matters such as authorship and date.

Old Testament Theology 3 credits An inductive approach to the theology of the Old Testament. Special attention will be given to the Biblical covenants.

Odd Year

Fall Semester

Greek Syntax 3 credits A study of the structure of the Greek language of the New Testament including the functional relationship between parts of speech in the formation of clauses and sentences. Translation of selected passages of the New Testament will provide the basis for preparation to do exegesis.

Exposition of Romans 3 credits An exposition of the letter, noting its theology, literary structure, use of the Old Testament, and ethical instruction. The relationship of Jews and Gentiles in Rome will receive special attention. Exegetical factors will be considered.

*New Testament Survey 2 credits An overview of the themes of the individual books of each New Testament book together with introductory matters such as authorship and date.

Spring Semester

Greek Exegesis 3 credits An application of exegetical principles to selected passages of the New Testament with an emphasis on proper interpretation and application to theological understanding and sermon preparation. (Prerequisite: Greek Syntax)

Bible Difficulties 2 credits An examination of those passages which are hard to understand and often controversial. The students will develop a methodology for approaching such texts.

New Testament Theology 3 credits An inductive approach to the theology of the New Testament. Major doctrinal emphases of selected books will be studied.

*New Testament Survey 2 credits An overview of the themes of the individual books of each New Testament book together with introductory matters such as authorship and date.

* These classes will provide the basis for students to do synthetic outlines of each book of the Bible. This project will take the place of a masters’ thesis. For a Bible teaching ministry, it is better for the student to have a comprehensive grasp of Scripture, rather than do research in a narrow area.