• BIBLE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    BI-1111 Old Testament Survey (4 credits)

    A chronological survey of Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

    BI-1112 New Testament Survey (4 credits)

    A chronological survey of New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

    BI-2210 Gospel of John (3 credits)

    Students will study the fourth gospel in light of its historical context, stated purpose, and development of theme in order to discover its testimony to the deity and saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    BI-2211 John (3 credits) Available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning ONLY

    Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John’s emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them.

    BI-2214 Acts (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    This examination into the book of Acts will enable students to understand the birth and growth of the church under the sovereign direction of the resurrected Christ. The emphasis is on understanding the purpose of the book, with special consideration given to the literary structure of the book, problem passages, church growth, and personal application.

    BI-2230 Bible Introduction (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    This course provides an introduction to the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible, including its inspiration, canonization, preservation, and textual reconstruction. This course also addresses the major historical-critical questions that relate to the Bible’s authority, and provides the student with an apologetic for the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.

    BI-2270 Life in Bible Times (3 credits)

    This course introduces students to the resources and methodological principles for studying and applying the finds of Bible backgrounds as an integral part of the process of biblical interpretation. Emphasis is given to the geography, history, and culture of the ancient Near East for the Old Testament and the Jewish and Greco-Roman world for the New Testament. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT), with the exception of Biblical Studies majors.

    BI-2271 Hebrew Grammar I (4 credits)

    An introduction to the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, morphology, and essential Hebrew grammar, this course seeks to build a modest vocabulary and basic familiarity with translation as preparation for more advanced courses in the exegesis of the Hebrew Old Testament. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

    BI-2272 Hebrew Grammar II (4 credits)

    A continuation of Hebrew Grammar I, this course introduces syntax and lexical work while focusing on vocabulary development and morphology essential to translation. An inductive analysis is done in key portions of the Hebrew Old Testament to solidify grammatical and syntactical forms. Prerequisite: BI-2271 Hebrew Grammar I. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective.

    BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    This course examines the principles and practices of biblical interpretation, as well as the primary tools for biblical research. Students will become acquainted with the history of interpretation and a defense of the literal-historical-grammatical approach. Hermeneutical strategies will be used to interpret various literary genres, examine historical and literary contexts, analyze structural relationships, perform word studies, and develop principles for practical application. Prerequisite: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible.

    BI-2281 Greek Grammar I (4 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    An introduction to New Testament Greek, this course includes an intensive drill in vocabulary, conjugations, declensions, and grammatical constructions, with translation of sentences from the textbook. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

    BI-2282 Greek Grammar II (4 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    A continuation of Greek Grammar I, this course marks the completion of Greek Grammar and forms the basis for developing proficiency in translation. Prerequisite: BI-2281 Greek Grammar I. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

    BI-3301 Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds and the Old Testament (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    This course guides students in the use of comparative studies in the interpretation of the Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on the review of broad themes drawn from the ancient Near East and their relevance to the study of Scripture. Perspectives on the method of comparative studies are also addressed.

    BI-3305 Old Testament Historical Literature I (3 credits)

    An examination of biblical literature concerning early Israelite history from the period of Joshua through Saul introduces students to the historical, archaeological, and geographical background of this period, while emphasizing its theological purpose and message. Students will study the historical material and analysis of the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel.

    BI-3307 Old Testament Historical Literature II (3 credits)

    An examination of biblical literature concerning the history of the Davidic dynasty introduces students to the historical, archaeological, and geographical background of this period, while emphasizing its theological purpose and message. Students will study the historical material found in the books of Samuel and Kings, from the anointing of David to the fall of Jerusalem.

    BI-3308 Old Testament Historical Literature III (3 credits)

    An examination of biblical literature from the postexilic period introduces students to the historical, archaeological, and geographical background of this period, while emphasizing its theological purpose and message. Students will study the historical material, perspective and purpose found in the books of Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

    BI-3311 The Pentateuch (3 credits)

    Students will understand the purpose and message of each book of the Pentateuch through topical studies that will focus on particular exegetical, historical, archaeological, geographical, and institutional issues. Special attention is paid to the Law and the development of the covenant. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-3312 Genesis (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    Presenting a holistic view of Genesis while seeking to examine specific exegetical problems, students are introduced to historical, cultural, literary, and methodological issues. Emphasis is on the book’s purpose and message through its biblical-theological development in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching in the church. Prerequisite: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible.

    BI-3313 Psalms (3 credits)

    This course examines the Psalter as literature, giving attention to Hebrew poetry, figures of speech, Old Testament worship, biblical theology, and interpretive method. It considers the types of psalms, emphasizing the purpose, message, and structure of the Psalter as a whole in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching for the church. Prerequisite: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible.

    BI-3316 Major Prophets I (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    An examination of the book of Isaiah, this course emphasizes the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments. Special attention is given to its historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book, while focusing primarily on a detailed analysis of the content.

    BI-3323 Life of Christ (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    A comprehensive study, both thematically and chronologically, of the earthly life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, this course will help students interpret correctly and discover the practical application of key events and discourses. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-3325 Pauline Epistles I (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    In this expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, attention is given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books. Prerequisite: BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods.

    BI-3326 General Epistles (3 credits)

    Students analyze the epistles of James, Peter, Jude, and John in this expository course, and study their historical background to discover the unique contributions these books bring to the life of the church and to the practice of the individual believer. Particular attention is given to problems related to the incursion of false teaching.

    BI-3333 Hebrews (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    An exposition of the book of Hebrews emphasizes the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfillment of Old Testament theology. This course applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-3342 Biblical Theology of Suffering (3 credits)

    A biblical and theological study, this course examines human suffering, including reasons, responses, consequences, and preparation. The course is designed to help students discover and personally apply a theology of suffering in light of the reality of a sovereign God. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

    BI-3353 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology (3 credits)

    The methods of Middle Eastern archaeology are evaluated in this course for their contributions to the study of biblical literature and history. While students are introduced to the most significant discoveries and the controversies that have emerged, emphasis is on a balanced and informed perspective concerning archaeology and the Bible. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT).

    BI-3355 Old Testament Biblical Theology (3 credits)

    A systematic study of Old Testament progressive revelation, this course utilizes a methodology sensitive to the factors of history, culture, different human authors, form, and emphasis. Prerequisites: BI-1111 Old Testament Survey and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective or Theology elective.

    BI-3356 New Testament Biblical Theology (3 credits)

    A systematic study of New Testament progressive revelation, this course utilizes a methodology sensitive to the factors of history, culture, different human authors, genre, and emphasis, in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching for the church. Prerequisites: BI-1112 New Testament Survey and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective or Theology elective.

    BI-3371 Hebrew Exegesis I (4 credits)

    Students are introduced to exegetical method, including word studies, textual criticism, figures of speech, and development of syntax. Select portions of poetic and historical literature are chosen from the Hebrew Old Testament for exegetical analysis. Students are trained in the use of primary exegetical tools. Prerequisite: BI-2272 Hebrew Grammar II. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective.

    BI-3372 Hebrew Exegesis II (4 credits)

    Students continue to focus on prophetic texts of the Hebrew Old Testament. The course emphasizes development of exegetical method, including genre analysis, facility with advanced tools, biblical theology, hermeneutical issues, and communication, in order to reclaim skillful use of biblical Hebrew for the church. Prerequisite: BI-3371 Hebrew Exegesis I. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective.

    BI-3383 Greek Exegesis I (4 credits)

    Students undergo a more detailed study of the grammatical elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing the functional elements of the various parts of speech to improve skill in the exegesis of the text. The course includes the principles employed in the exegetical method and uses selected portions of the Greek New Testament in applying these exegetical principles. Prerequisite: BI-2282 Greek Grammar II. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective.

    BI-3384 Greek Exegesis II (4 credits)

    Students continue to focus on studying the science of textual criticism and the principles employed in the exegetical method. Selected portions of the Greek New Testament are used in applying these exegetical principles. Prerequisite: BI-3383 Greek Exegesis I. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective.

    BI-4400 Directed Study in Biblical Studies1 (1-3 credits)

    This is a directed reading/study in the area of biblical studies for students having a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. It is to be arranged in consultation with the chair of the Department of Bible and the faculty member involved. Prerequisite: approval by the chair of the Department of Bible. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

    BI-4401 Topics in Biblical Studies (3 credits)

    A senior-level course, special topics are chosen from either the Old Testament, New Testament, or both. Topics will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. In previous semesters BI-4401 has examined Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels, the theology of Mark, and recent research in Paul. This may be repeated for credit if the topic differs. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I.

    BI-4410 Romans (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

    This is an expository study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans that stresses its contribution to the doctrines of salvation and sanctification, and to understanding the place of Israel and the church in the divine plan. This course also assesses important perspectives on how to interpret Romans, as well as explores how the theological and ethical principles of the epistle contribute to spiritual formation and relevant issues in contemporary society. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I.

    BI-4411 Romans in Greek (3 credits)

    Students will be guided in the process of bringing to the study of Romans the knowledge and skills learned in Greek Grammar I and II and Greek Exegesis I. Emphasis is placed on exegesis of the most challenging passages in the letter. In addition, this course details the book’s contribution to the doctrines of sin, salvation and sanctification, and to understanding the place of Jew and Gentile in the divine plan. The course applies practical principles of Christian living to our contemporary society. This course can replace BI-4410 Romans. Prerequisites: BI-3383 Greek Exegesis I and TH-3330 Systematic Theology I.

    BI-4412 Old Testament Wisdom Literature (3 credits)

    The wisdom of Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon is examined, with an emphasis on understanding the purpose and message of each book. Attention is given to understanding how each book functions as the authoritative Word of God and how this practical wisdom can be applied to life. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4417 Major Prophets II (3 credits)

    The books of Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel are examined, giving attention to the historical background of the period surrounding the fall of Jerusalem, yet focusing primarily on a systematic interpretation of the text. Emphasis is given to the type of oracles that are used and the resulting message and theology that emerges. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4418 Daniel and Revelation (3 credits)

    This course is a study of two closely-related prophetic books. First, it considers Daniel as presenting the framework of prophecy. Secondly, it examines Revelation as the completion and climax of the prophetic Scriptures. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT). This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4422 Minor Prophets (3 credits)

    Analyzing the oracles and message of each of the twelve Minor Prophets, students will explore the function of the prophets and the special hermeneutics of prophetic literature. Attention is given to the literary argument and theological content of the text so that these books may be reclaimed for practical use and teaching in the church. Prerequisite: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4427 Pauline Epistles II (3 credits)

    A study of the epistle of Christian liberty (Galatians) and the four epistles that emphasize church truth (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) this course includes the doctrine of justification by faith, the Spirit-filled life, the person and work of Christ, and the exalted position of the church. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4432 Pauline Epistles III (3 credits)

    Students will consider the historical setting of 1 and 2 Thessalonians and ascertain principles of the Christian life from the perspective of the second coming of Christ. The books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus will also be examined, giving special attention to the Pauline authorship and the appropriateness of their teachings for the church and its ministry in our day. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4452 Messianic Prophecy (3 credits)

    Tracing the course of messianic prophecy in the Old Testament as it related to Israel and the Jewish nation, and showing its fulfillment in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, this course gives attention to Jewish interpretation of prophetic passages as expressed in Jewish literature. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective. This course is not open to freshmen.

    BI-4483 Advanced Hebrew Reading I (3 credits)

    Students will focus on selected portions of the Old Testament in order to improve their ability to read Hebrew. Emphasis is placed on morphology, vocabulary, and syntactical recognition. Prerequisite: BI-3371 Hebrew Exegesis I. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective.

    BI-4484 Advanced Hebrew Reading II (3 credits)

    Students will complete Advanced Hebrew Reading that moves Hebrew vocabulary toward a cognate of twenty-five. The course emphasizes sight-reading of the more difficult Hebrew texts, while sharpening skills in reading of larger narrative sections, especially in identifying the more “macro-level” literary techniques employed by biblical writers. Assignments focus on aspects of historiography, textual discourse, syntax, and advanced textual criticism. Prerequisite: BI-3371 Hebrew Exegesis I. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective.

    BI-4485 Advanced Greek Reading I (3 credits)

    Students’ basic language competency gained in Greek Grammar I and II and Greek Exegesis I and II will be reinforced, including a review of all grammar covered (morphology and syntax). Students will be strengthened in Greek vocabulary (down to words that occur twenty-one times or more in the NT), and will learn to sight-read large portions of the Greek New Testament. At the instructor’s discretion, the course will incorporate elements of the exegetical method covered in Greek Exegesis II and may involve Greek composition (English to Greek) assignments. Technical assignments will be supplemented by exposition in class. Prerequisite: BI-3384 Greek Exegesis II. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective.

    BI-4486 Advanced Greek Reading II (3 credits)

    Students will complete Advanced Greek Reading, specifically in taking vocabulary down to words that occur ten times or more in the NT, and will learn to sight-read the most difficult NT Greek texts. At the instructor’s discretion, students may also be required to translate passages of the LXX as well as extracanonical classical, Hellenistic, and patristic Greek, noting developments within the language (historical grammar). The course includes additional experience in basic exegetical skills, composition, and readings in points of linguistics and advanced grammar. Other areas may be added at the instructor’s discretion. Prerequisite: BI-4485 Advanced Greek Reading I. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective.

    BI-4490 Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies (3 credits)

    This is a capstone course designed to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages majors and to assess levels of student competency and job and graduate school preparation. Attention will be given to hermeneutics, exegesis, biblical theology, and current scholarly trends and issues. Prerequisites: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I and TH-3340 Systematic Theology II.

    BI-4495 Biblical Studies Capstone (3 credits) Available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning* and Moody Bible Institute Spokane ONLY

    The purpose of this course is to review, discover, and cement the overall goals of the Biblical Studies program. Objectives include the testing and refining of the following: writing, critical thinking, and communications skills; analytical, synthetic, and hermeneutical skills in interpreting the Bible and theology; the development of a personal doctrinal statement. Normally this course is taken at the end of the program.

     

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