BIST (Biblical Studies)

BIST (Biblical Studies)

BIST 500 Biblical Foundations for Spiritual Directors
2 hours. Covers the primary content of either BIST501 or BIST503 on alternating years with special attention to equipping spiritual directors for critical and judicious understandings of scripture. Possible theological themes may include trauma, lament, identity and divine presence and absence. This course is for students enrolled in the MASD program.

BIST 501 Old Testament Introduction
3 hours. Introduces students to the literature of the Old Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and theological contexts with particular interest in spiritual formation and Christian practice.

BIST 502 New Testament Introduction
3 hours. Introduces students to the literature of the New Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and theological contexts with particular interest in spiritual formation and Christian practice.

BIST 503 Engaging the Old Testament
3 hours. Building on the skills and knowledge of BIST501, this course introduces more advanced exegetical methods through a variety of Old Testament texts. Special attention will be paid to major theological themes such as holiness, justice, theodicy, divine presence and absence, worship, trauma and how these themes are applicable to today's communities of faith. Prerequisite: BIST 501.

BIST 504 Interpreting the New Testament: Use and Abuse of the Bible
3 hours. Building on the skills and knowledge of BIST 502, this course engages students with the nature of interpretation (hermeneutics) as well as methods and tools that support interpretation (exegesis). Special emphasis will be placed on key moral and theological concerns today and how a variety of viewpoints, methods, and approaches help the reader of the Bible move from ancient text to modern life. Important topics related to the canon will also be included such as the inspiration, authority, and composition of the Bible. Prerequisite: BIST 502.

BIST 506 Hebrew Scripture Foundations
3 hours. A general introduction to the historical, sociological, and theological context in which the Hebrew Scriptures came into existence, this course will provide the student with an understanding of the major emphases of the texts. In addition, the student will be introduced to themes of community life and praxis in the Hebrew Scriptures that find parallels in historical Indigenous worldviews of creation and Creator. The course will use community understandings, models, and paradigms as a basis for comparison. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

BIST 508 New Testament Foundations
3 hours. A general introduction to the historical, sociological, and theological context in which the New Testament Scriptures came into existence, this course will familiarize students with the content and structure, distinctive theology, and introductory matters of the New Testament. In addition, the student will be introduced to the nature of the early Christian community, its transitions and changes from a strictly Hebraic construct as found within the Jewish community, and projections made for its future development. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

BIST 511 Introducing Biblical Hebrew
2 hours. First course in the Hebrew language sequence, this is an introduction to Hebrew grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected Old Testament texts, and introduction to digital and print resources, such as grammars, lexicons and original language software.

BIST 512 Interpreting the Hebrew Testament
2 hours. Second course of the Hebrew language sequence, continues to develop mastery of Hebrew morphology and syntax, primarily through reading selected Old Testament texts. Advanced exegetical methods are introduced. Prerequisite: BIST 511 Introducing Biblical Hebrew.

BIST 521 Introducing New Testament Greek
2 hours. First course in the Greek langauge sequence, in which the student is exposed to the basic principles of New Testament Greek grammar, syntax, and exegesis, to the Greek text of the New Testament, and to the major tools used in its study. While the basics of Greek have to be the center of focus in this introductory course, attention also is given to the Greek text of the New Testament.

BIST 522 Interpreting the Greek Testament
2 hours. Second course of the Greek language sequence, adds to the student’s knowledge and understanding of New Testament Greek through further exposure to the Greek text of the New Testament. While it pays close attention to matters of grammar, the central focus is the text itself, its interpretation, and its use. Prerequisite: BIST 521 Introducing New Testament Greek.

BIST 523 Old Testament Book Study
2 hours. Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST503, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated Old Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 503 or permission of instructor.

BIST 524 New Testament Book Study
2 hours. Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST 504, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated New Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 504 or permission of instructor.

BIST 533 Scripture in Context: Old Testament, Ancient Near East, and Today
2 hours. Explores the ancient Near Eastern contexts for the Old Testament through study of extra-biblical texts and Levantine archaeology. Special attention will be given to how text and artifact contribute to an informed understanding of Old Testament texts and its relevance for today.

BIST 534 Scripture in Context: New Testament, Early Judaism, and Today
2 hours. Reviews both the Jewish and Greco-Roman context of the New Testament. Students will be engaged in primary texts through translation with particular emphasis on their contribution to an informed New Testament hermeneutic.

BIST 551 Advanced Seminar in Northwest Semitics I
2 hours. Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages.  Prerequisite BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552.)

BIST 552 Advanced Seminar in Northwest Semitics II
2 hours. Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552.)

BIST 555 Seminar in Biblical Studies I
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: It is required that students take both BIST 555 and BIST 565.)

BIST 556 Bible and Contemporary Culture I: Methods
2 hours. The course explores the usage of the biblical themes and metaphors in various avenues in which Christianity and culture intersect, including politics, art, and various traditional and social media outlets. The course will help the students to develop tools for sophisticated analysis of popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557.)

BIST 557 Bible and Contemporary Culture II: Theology and Film
2 hours. As films fulfill the human need to “share a common memory,” this course investigates the use of biblical narratives and themes in a broad selection of films both major studio and independent. Students will analyze and assess the methods in which the artists engage with biblical materials, expanding their ability to discuss biblical themes across popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557.)

BIST 562 Advanced Seminar in Greek I
2 hours. Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Greek Apocrypha and Greek Pseudepigrapha, Attic Greek texts, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST521 or permission of instructor.

BIST 563 Advanced Seminar in Greek II
2
hours. Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Greek Apocrypha and Greek Pseudepigrapha, Attic Greek texts, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST521 or permission of instructor.

BIST 565 Seminar in Biblical Studies II
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor (Note: It is required that students take both BIST 555 and BIST 565.)

BIST 568 Teaching Apprenticeship I: Internship and Pegagogy
2-4 hours. This course combines instruction in pedagogy for higher education with a teaching internship in a higher-ed setting. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 568 and BIST 569.)

BIST 569 Teaching Apprenticeship II: Internship and Pegagogy
2 hours. This course combines instruction in pedagogy for higher education with a teaching internship in a higher-ed setting. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 568 and BIST 569.)

BIST 581 (first semester) Research/Thesis in Biblical Studies
2 hours. First semester of research/thesis. See requirements outlined in Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

BIST 582 (second semester) Research/Thesis in Biblical Studies
2 hours. Second semester of research/thesis. See requirements outlined in Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Prerequisite BIST 581.

BIST 585 Thesis/Project Continuation
1 hour. Required for third and subsequent semesters of thesis research and writing.

BIST 595 Special Study in Biblical Studies
1 to 3 hours. An individualized course of research, involving in-depth study of a particular question, problem, or issue. The student must make application for the study prior to registration for the semester in which the study will be carried out. The application must be approved by the faculty member overseeing the study and the department chair.