Fall Bible courses at AMBS
Introduction to Bible Study Tools BIB503E
Biennial — Three hours — Loren Johns
In this course students will learn enough Greek and Hebrew to be able to use study aids and research tools based in the original biblical languages. They also will be oriented to basic exegetical methodologies. Using print and computer-assisted Bible study programs, students will cultivate skills needed when studying the Bible in preparation for preaching and teaching in the congregation.
Reading the Bible BIB500
Annual — Three hours — Loren Johns and Safwat Marzouk
By reading parallel types of material from the Old and New Testaments, students will come to understand better the scope of the Bible and its contents and background, as well as how the two testaments fit together. After an orientation to the world and the structure of the Bible, students will explore a variety of biblical texts and themes, including narrative texts, theological foundations, prophetic writings and Pauline writings, worship, wisdom literature, the Historical Jesus, creation, and eschatology.
Beginning Hebrew: Ruth BIB501
Annual — Three hours — Paul Keim
This is the basic course in the Old Testament exegesis sequence. It prepares students for exegesis by providing (1) a working knowledge of Hebrew grammar, (2) the ability to read Hebrew narrative, (3) an introduction to the process of exegesis, and (4) familiarity with computer programs that aid in the reading and exegesis of biblical texts. This course is a prerequisite for Old Testament exegesis courses.
Biblical Spirituality BIB509
Biennial — Three hours — Mary Schertz
In this class, we will work to understand theoretically and practice personally the formational aspects of biblical study. How can the Bible become a life- long and life-giving spiritual resource for individuals and congregations? Confessional or contemplative reading of the Bible is reading the Bible as if our life depends on it, as of course it does. In this way of reading, the biblical text itself vibrates with new meaning for new situations and circumstances
Bible Reading Colloquium BIB510
Each semester — One-half hour per semester — Ben Ollenburger
Bible department faculty lead weekly informal sessions to read biblical texts in their original languages, alternating by semester between Hebrew and Greek. Students may enroll for one-half hour of credit each semester, but enrollment is not required to participate in the colloquium. Prerequisite: one semester of Hebrew or Greek.
The Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) BIB535
Occasional — Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
This course will survey the prophetic material from Hosea to Malachi, focusing especially on Hosea, Amos, Micah, Haggai, and Zechariah, and on specific texts within those books. We will pay attention to historical and literary context, to the history of prophecy in Israel and Judah, and to prophetic theology and ethics. The course also will attend to connections in these prophetic books to the wider Old Testament and biblical canon.
Hebrew Exegesis: Exodus BIB605
Biennial — Three hours — Safwat Marzouk
This course will engage Exodus from many perspectives, such as linguistic analysis, historical and literary criticisms, canonical criticism, theological, and liberation theology. Attention to selected passages from the Hebrew text will be accompanied by using language resources to assist in translation and explication. Some translation assignments will include discussion of the relevancy of the Septuagint (the Greek version) and readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Students will use knowledge of Hebrew (and Greek) to reflect on the theology and meaning of the foundational narratives and concepts.
Theology and Ethics of the Gospels BIB642
Biennial — Three hours — Mary Schertz
This focus on Jesus and the Gospels will combine inductive learnings, evaluation of contemporary portraits of Jesus, and theological interpretation of the Synoptics. Each of the four Gospels will be studied to discover the theology and ethics that each contributes to the canon and to the faith of the church. Primary themes of liberation, discipleship, peacemaking, worship, and mission—all set within the relation between the Old and New Testaments— emerge for discussion and application to the life of the church today.
Old Testament Theology BIB643
Biennial — Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
To become familiar with the questions that have occupied Old Testament theologians, students will examine primarily the Old Testament itself and several modern proposals. Within the Old Testament, the focus will be especially on two themes: creation and covenant. Each theme assumes a variety of shapes, in turn shaping part of the Old Testament?s diverse but coherent testimony to the one God. Students will aim to hear that testimony in fresh ways. Class sessions will include assigned readings from the Bible and from secondary literature.