Fall Bible courses at AMBS

Updated August 2016

Online courses     • Hybrid courses    • Campus courses

Online Courses — Fall 2016

Introduction to Bible Study Tools  BIB503E

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. (MDiv 1; MACF 1; MATS 1, 4)

Psalms  BIB531E

Three hours — Safwat Marzouk
As a thematic and genre study of the Psalms, various types of poetry will be linked with different facets of human experience, both of God and of the world. In this way, a picture of an integral spiritual maturity will be drawn from the Psalms. This course is particularly suited for those seeking spiritual growth guided by biblical texts and the development of concepts for nurturing spiritual development in congregations.  (MDiv 1, 3; MACF 1, 6; MAPS 1, 3; MATS 1, 2, 3, 4)

Hybrid Courses — Fall 2016

Online work begins August 8 and ends Dec 9.
Course meets on campus August 15 - 20.

Hebrew Exegesis: Ezekiel  BIB632H

Three hours — Safwat Marzouk
Description forthcoming


Campus Courses — Fall 2016

Beginning Hebrew: Ruth  BIB501

Three hours — To be announced
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, and (3) an introduction to the process of exegesis. This course is a prerequisite for Old Testament exegesis courses. (MDiv 1, 3; MACF 1, 6; MAPS 1; MATS 1, 2, 3)

Bible Reading Colloquium  BIB510

One-half hour — Bible department faculty
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. (MDiv 1, 3; MATS 1, 5)

Biblical Spirituality  BIB509

Three hours — Mary Schertz
In this course, 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, accompanied by artful response and worship, leads us toward maturity, wisdom, and compassion. Not incidentally, through this way of reading, the biblical text itself vibrates with new meaning for new situations and new problems, new conflicts, new migration, new developments of the earth in travail. (MDiv 1, 2, 3, 4; MACF 1, 2, 4; MAPS 3; MATS: 3, 4)

Old Testament Theology  BIB643

Three hours — Ben Ollenburger Cancelled
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. (MDiv 1, 2, 3; MACF 1, 3; MAPS 1, 6; MATS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

The Book of the Twelve: Minor Prophets  BIB535

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. (MDiv 1, 3; MACF 1, 3; MAPS 1, 6; MATS 1, 2, 3, 5, 7)

The Strange New World of the Bible  BIB500

Three hours — Loren Johns, 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. (MDiv 1, 3; MACF 1, 6; MAPS 1, 3; MATS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Theology and Ethics of the Gospels  BIB642

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, as well as conflict, migration, and the earth in travail—all set within the relation between the Old and New Testaments—emerge for discussion and application to the life of the church today. (MDiv 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; MATS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; MACF 1; MAPS 1)