COMING EVENTS AT JACKSON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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IMPORTANT DATES:

August 26     Orientation

                         (Student and Faculty)      August 26     First day of school 

August 27     First day of class

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B.A. BIBLICAL STUDIES

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BW-2305 Biblical Interpretation - The history of Biblical interpretation with particular emphasis on the Hebrew Scriptures from rabbinical exegesis and Philo’s allegorical methodology.  An extensive study of the hermeneutical approaches to understanding and interpreting the Old Testament for contemporary uses.  Three term hours

 

Texts: Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap by Sharon H. Ringe (Author),‎ Frederick C. Tiffany, Abingdon Press (April 1, 1996), Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards  (Author),‎ Brandon J. O'Brien, IVP Books; 1 edition (December 4, 2012)

 

BW-2341 Survey of the Old Testament I – The primary purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the content of the major writings of the First Testament and to develop their competence in the critical analysis and interpretation of the texts.  Three term hours.

 

Texts: The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures 4th Edition by Michael D. Coogan  (Author),‎ Cynthia R. Chapman (Author), Oxford University Press; 4 edition (July 3, 2017)

 

BW-2342 Survey of the Old Testament II –  The primary purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the content of the writings regarding the Torah and the History texts to develop their competence in the critical analysis and interpretation of the texts.  Three term hours.

 

Texts: The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures 4th Edition by Michael D. Coogan  (Author),‎ Cynthia R. Chapman (Author), Oxford University Press; 4 edition (July 3, 2017)

 

BW-2343 Survey of the Old Testament III – Utilizing the book of Job as a benchmark, student will explore the ethical question found prevalently in the Old Testament: “why do bad things happen to good people?”  Students will relate the Job narrative to Israel’s trajectory as a religious community of God-believers and make a distinction between faith and followship as it relates to handling human struggles.

 

Texts: On Job (God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent) by Gustavo Gutierrez (Author),‎ Matthew O'connell (Translator), Orbis Books (July 1, 1987)

 

BW-2341 Survey of the New Testament I – The primary purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the content of the major Second Testament writings and to develop their competence in the critical analysis and interpretation of the texts.  Three term hours.

 

Texts: The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings 6th Edition by Bart D. Ehrman, Oxford University Press; (June 26, 2015)

 

BW-2342 Survey of the New Testament II – The primary purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the content of the birth of the Church from the Acts of the Apostles, Romans and other Pauline Letters.  Three term hours.  Texts: The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings 6th Edition by Bart D. Ehrman, Oxford University Press; (June 26, 2015)

BW-2343 Survey of the New Testament III – Students will put into context the Gospel and Pauline account of the Jesus movement and its impact on the governance of oppressed people of their time, as well as how these occurrences can apply in post-modernity and the rise of populism.

 

Texts: The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted by Obery Hendricks (August 21, 2007)

 

HT-2301 History of Christianity – A general historical overview of the formation of the Christian faith, the major denominations created, their relationship to each other and the original Gospel message

 

Texts: Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition by Bruce Shelley (Author), Thomas Nelson, (December 3, 2012)

 

TH 2301 Introduction to Theology – Students will receive an understanding of what theology is in its wider context, the Wesleyan Trilateral and the major specific Protestant Christian creeds and notions that have shaped the faith.

 

Texts: How to Think Theologically 3rd Edition by Howard W. Stone  (Author),‎ James O. Duke (Author), Fortress Press; 3 edition (March 1, 2013)

 

HT-2321 Christian Doctrine I - Basic doctrines and theologies that have shaped the Christian tradition.  The course will survey the formation of the patristic, Byzantine, and medieval Western theological traditions. 

 

Texts: The Christian Theology Reader 5th Edition, by Alister E. McGrath, Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (October 17, 2016)

 

HT-2332 Christian Doctrine II - A continuation of the study of the basic doctrines and theologies that have shaped the Christian tradition.    Three term hours. 

Texts: The Christian Theology Reader 5th Edition, by Alister E. McGrath, Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (October 17, 2016)

 

HT-2333 Christian Doctrine III - A continuation of the study of the basic doctrines and theologies that have shaped the Christian tradition.  The second part of the course will start with the Reformation, Catholic and Protestant, and will conclude with certain nineteenth-century developments.

Texts: The Christian Theology Reader 5th Edition, by Alister E. McGrath, Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (October 17, 2016)

 

HT-2341 Introduction to World Religions – An overview of world religious traditions and the global patterns of contemporary world religious as symbol systems and expressions of discrete, coherent, worldviews. 

 

Texts: Introduction to World Religions: Third Edition 3rd Edition by Christopher Partridge (Editor)

 

PH-2345 Philosophy of Religion - An examination of the major issues in the philosophy of religion including the knowledge of God, the problem of evil, life after death, religious language and experience, and the relationship of faith and reason.  Three term hours.

Texts: Philosophy of Religion: Thinking About Faith (Contours of Christian Philosophy) 02nd Edition by C. Stephen Evans  (Author),‎ R. Zachary Manis (Author)

 

TH 2332 Christian Ethics - An introduction to ethical inquiry from a Christian point of view through a comparison of liberal, neo-orthodox, postmodern, liberation, and other theologies, exploring their implications for the present as well as the question of their social and historical locations.  Three term hours.

Texts: Ethics (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 6) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  (Author),‎ Clifford J. Green (Editor)