Certificate in Biblical Studies

Overview

Having a Biblical foundation upon which a pastor, elder or church leader can build an effective ministry is crucial. Sometimes, individuals are called to vocational ministry and have not completed a bachelor's degree. Completing an undergraduate degree first simply to qualify for a seminary masters' degree is not a good option for many. The 30-hour Certificate in Biblical Studies provides ten excellent courses in Bible, ministry and spiritual life. Though the Certificate in Biblical Studies is not as thorough as the MA in Local Church Ministry nor as comprehensive as the M.Div., it is still an excellent combination of courses which will greatly assist those who minister in the local church.

Course Requirements for Certificate in Biblical Studies

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

TH5010 Systematic Theology I

An introduction to theology and its sources. Foundations will be laid in the areas of Prolegomena, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology.

TH5020 Systematic Theology II

A survey of the following basic areas of Theology: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.

TH5110 Hermeneutics

Designed to present the history of and to acquaint the student with the main principles of biblical interpretation, and to introduce background material about the historical, cultural and linguistic milieu out of which the Bible came. It includes case studies in order to practice developing biblical insights for confronting today’s problems.

NT5020 New Testament Introduction

This course introduces the New Testament with special reference to background, historical setting, literary composition, theology, and message. After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the New Testament, the historical milieu of each New Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each New Testament book studied, the relationship between the New and Old Testaments, and the use of the New Testament in modern ministry.

OT5000 Old Testament Introduction

An introduction to the Old Testament with special reference to background, historical setting, literary composition, theology and message. After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the Old Testament, the historical milieu of each Old Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each Old Testament book studied, the use of the Old Testament in modern ministry, and the foundation the Old Testament provides for the New Testament. 

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