Biblical Exposition and Exegesis Courses (BIE)

Biblical exposition and exegesis courses are intended to develop a thorough knowledge of the Word of God along with competence in understanding, expounding, applying, and communicating it.

BIE 500 - Introduction to Biblical Studies (2 Credits)
An introduction to biblical studies in the seminary setting, designed to deepen the student’s overall understanding of the biblical literature and to provide an orientation to the disciplines of graduate-level biblical research. The course includes an overview of the documents of Christian Scripture, considering structure, content, major themes, literary forms, chronology, 1st century historical-cultural setting, composition, and canonical interrelationship. It also exposes the student to key issues and prominent schools of thought in biblical research, and seeks to enhance the student’s own competence in the skills of biblical study.
BIE 505 - Biblical Hermeneutics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the development of a systematic approach to the interpretation of Scripture. Although reference is made to various interpretative systems and strategies, special attention is given to the historical-grammatical method. The predominant literary genres of the Bible are examined and relevant principles of interpretation highlighted. Emphasis is placed on understanding the original, intended meaning of Scripture in its canonical context as the basis upon which to prepare expositions and make appropriate contemporary applications. Prerequisite: BIE 500 or equivalent.
BIE 549 - Parables of Jesus (3 Credits)
The parables are considered as they occur in the triple tradition, in two of the Gospels, and then those that are unique to a single Gospel. We will also inquire as to why John’s Gospel lacks parables, at least in the form we find them in the other three Gospels. The intent in all of this is to enable Christian leaders to appropriate the message of Jesus’ parables for themselves and to articulate it effectively to others.
BIE 552 - New Testament Theology (3 Credits)
Various issues related to the nature of New Testament Theology are considered and concerns related to topical/thematic and author/strata approaches are discussed. The theologies of the NT documents and collections are explored in the context of their historical development for the themes, motifs and concepts that are their common and distinctive contribution to the theology of the NT. Prerequisite: BIE 505
BIE 600 - New Testament Greek Exegesis II: Galatians (3 Credits)
The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 600 to a NT Epistle (Galatians) and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BIL 502.
BIE 600a - New Testament Greek Exegesis II: 1 Peter (3 Credits)
The student will learn to apply exegetical methods acquired in BNT 600 to the Epistle of 1 Peter and continue to develop competence in interpreting the Greek New Testament with a view to preaching/teaching such texts. Prerequisite: BIL 501 Introductory NT Greek II.
BIE 603 - Old Testament Hebrew Exegesis (3 Credits)
A careful analysis of selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with a view to developing both the student’s proficiency in working with the biblical text in its original language and an exegetical method for elucidating the original intended meaning. Key exegetical tools and interpretative strategies are introduced in order to equip the student for teaching or expository preaching. Prerequisite: BIL 505 Biblical Hebrew II.
BIE 604 - Exposition of the Pentateuch (3 Credits)
A survey of the Pentateuch and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the Pentateuch is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505
BIE 605 - Exposition of the Prophetical Literature (3 Credits)
A survey of the Latter Prophets (often distinguished as “Major” and “Minor”) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisites: BIE 505
BIE 606 - Exposition of Wisdom Literature (3 Credits)
A survey of the Old Testament wisdom corpus and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of wisdom instruction is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505
BIE 607 - Exposition of Historical Literature (3 Credits)
A survey of the historical books of the Old Testament (also known as the Former Prophets) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of these narrative texts is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505
BIE 609 - Exposition of Isaiah (3 Credits)
An overview of the book of Isaiah and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this important prophetic book is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 610 - Old Testament Theology (3 Credits)
A survey of various approaches to Old Testament theological investigation, analysis of key passages and themes in the Hebrew Scriptures, and practical experience in doing Old Testament theology, all with a view to exploring the enduring significance of this “first testament.”
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 612 - Exposition of the Psalms (3 Credits)
An overview of the Psalter and more detailed analysis of selected psalms. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this beloved anthology is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 613 - Hebrew Exegesis II (3 Credits)
The focus of this course is on the continuing development of the student’s competence in exegeting the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis is placed on enhancing both the knowledge base and the skills that are required to elucidate the original intended meaning of a biblical text in its original language, all with a view to preparing the student for teaching or expository preaching.
Prerequisites: BIE 603.
BIE 614 - Exposition of Genesis (3 Credits)
An overview of the first book of Bible and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book of beginnings is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 616 - Exposition of Exodus (3 Credits)
An overview of the second book of the Bible and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this covenantally and vocationally significant book is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 630 - Exposition of Job (3 Credits)
An overview of the book of Job and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this prime example of speculative wisdom is explored.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 640 - Exploring Septuagint Origins and Texts (3 Credits)
An introduction to the Old Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures. The course involves reading of selected Greek texts and English translations of the Septuagint as well as other sources that elucidate the history and influence of this important version of the Scriptures. Key issues and problems in the field of Septuagint studies will also be investigated.
Prerequisites: BIE 505
BIE 640a - Septuagint Exegesis (3 Credits)
The student is introduced to essential principles and methodological considerations that interpreters of the Septuagint must take into account in order to exegete this translation responsibly and use it knowledgeably in other hermeneutical contexts. Selected portions of the Septuagint will be investigated in the light of these guidelines. Prerequisites: BIL 502, BIE 610.
BIE 640b - The Septuagint in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions (3 Credits)
A study of the reception history of the Septuagint in both Jewish and Christian canonical contexts, and in the works of early Jewish and Christian translators, revisors, and authors. The evidence for the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will be explored against the backdrop of this history, and selected texts will be studied. Prerequisites: BIL 502, BIE 610.
BIE 640c - Current Issues in Septuagint Studies (3 Credits)
Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused work in a specialized area of Septuagint studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to carry out critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline. BIL 502, BIE 610.
BIE 673 - Exposition of Minor Prophets (3 Credits)
An overview of the so-called Book of the Twelve and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 691/92 - Special Topic (biblical studies) (3 Credits)
Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of biblical studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to do critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline.
BIE 702 - Exposition of Pauline Literature (3 Credits)
The student will survey the content and unique emphases of the Pauline letters, study selected portions in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution of these letters to the totality of biblical truth. The derivation of Paul’s religious belief and the relationship of his thought to that of Jesus will be explored. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 703 - Exposition of General Epistles (3 Credits)
The student will survey the content and unique emphases of each book, study selected portions in detail, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution of this section to the totality of biblical truth. Application of truth to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 704 - Exposition of Johannine Corpus (3 Credits)
The student will survey the content and unique emphases of the Johannine Gospel, the Epistles and the Revelation, study selected portions in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution that these books make to the Bible’s total message. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 705 - Exposition of Romans (3 Credits)
A close reading of one of Paul’s most extraordinary epistles, epitomizing the gospel he preached. The student will consider issues of text, genre and literary and ancient historical context in the process of exegetically laying out Paul’s Gospel and its implications for life and eternity. The purpose will be application in preaching and teaching to the modern context. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 709 - Exposition of I Corinthians (3 Credits)
The student will exegetically explore how Paul engaged the wide variety of troubles in this best-known NT church, so as to benefit contemporary congregations through preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 712 - Exposition of Matthew (3 Credits)
An examination of Matthew’s message concerning the significance of Jesus Messiah and his new assembly. We must naturally come to terms with much of Jesus’ teaching in this exposition, but we will attempt to determine as well how Matthew understood the theological framework within which Jesus ministered. We will also pay attention to the many references to the Old Testament within this Gospel. By doing this, we seek to understand how Matthew’s articulation of Jesus as Messiah continues to have relevance for us in the twenty-first century.
Prerequisites: BIE 505.
BIE 713 - Exposition of Mark (3 Credits)
The student will study Mark’s Gospel in detail, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution. Old Testament linkages, the function of a Gospel, and literary issues will receive particular attention. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is required. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 718 - Exposition of John's Gospel (3 Credits)
The student will survey the content and unique emphases of John’s Gospel, studying it in detail and in full context, and apply sound hermeneutical procedures to discern the essential theological contribution that it makes to the Bible’s total message. Application of the results of exegesis to contemporary issues will be considered. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 720 - Exposition of Acts (3 Credits)
This course will examine the singular place that Paul occupies for Luke in the earliest gospel witness throughout the Roman Empire. This expositional study will seek to demonstrate how close attention to the matter of available Jewish and Greco-Roman background material can illuminate the text, leading to more confident preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 722 - Exposition of Hebrews (3 Credits)
An overview of the book of Hebrews, including a careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 732 - Exposition of Colossians (3 Credits)
An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Colossians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 734 - Exposition of Ephesians (3 Credits)
An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Ephesians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 735 - Exposition of Philippians (3 Credits)
Students will explore how the letter to the Philippians, written by an imprisoned apostle uncertain of his own physical survival to a beloved Christian community facing significant challenges of their own, could be such a bracing piece of Good News. Students will become exegetically familiar with the text in its literary and ancient historical context to be better able to preach and/or teach the call to stand fast, to contend for the faith, to run the race and work out one’s salvation in complete dependency upon God in contemporary settings. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 738 - Exposition of Galatians (3 Credits)
An overview and careful exegetical study of the book of Galatians. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book is explored. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 740 - Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles (3 Credits)
The student will become exegetically familiar with the text of these letters in their literary and ancient historical context and explore their message so as to be better able to preach and/or teach the Pastoral epistle in the context of the contemporary church. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 742 - Gender Roles in Christian Ministry (3 Credits)
A careful biblical and theological study of the contemporary gender roles issue, equipping students to draw their own informed, biblically-grounded conclusions on the roles of men and women in ministry. The course will also explore practical strategies to help the church leader guide his or her congregation through the issue in a constructive manner. A practical exercise in theological problem-solving designed to sharpen the student’s skills in biblical exegesis, theological reflection, and their application in ministry.
BIE 766 - Exposition of the Revelation (3 Credits)
The course will apply exegetical and hermeneutical methodology to the exposition of Revelation within an understanding of the different hermeneutical perspectives regarding the book. Particular attention will be given in interpretation to the apocalyptic genre, the Old Testament background, and the first century context of Revelation. The significance of the themes included in the book will be explored in light of the contemporary situation. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
BIE 771 - Charismatic Theology of Luke (3 Credits)
This course is a biblical-theological exposition of the pneumatology of the Lucan literature. It evaluates the relevant Lucan data historically, grammatically and contextually. It discusses and applies appropriate hermeneutical principles for the interpretation of historical narrative. Where appropriate, modern interpreters of Lucan pneumatology will be critically evaluated.
BIE 889 - Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 Credits)
An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890.