Biblical Theology – THEO 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the nature, history and current trends in biblical theology. Each semester there will be a special focus given to specific areas in Old Testament biblical theology or New Testament Biblical theology.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Biblical theology is a growing area of theological study that provides a bridge between exegesis and systematic theology. Expertise in this discipline allows the student to understand the unique theological emphases of all parts of the biblical canon and the development of theology through the progress of revelation. The course focuses on how the Old and New Testaments are related as a unified story of salvation history.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain major trends and issues in the current discipline of biblical theology.
  2. Explain the distinctive theological emphases of the various parts of the biblical canon.
  3. Trace the development of key theological motifs from the Old Testament through the New Testament.
  4. Construct a biblical theology of an individual book of the Bible.
  5. Evaluate different approaches to biblical theology reflected in the major works from this field.
  6. Apply the methodologies of biblical theology to the study of biblical books, key theological issues, and issues related to practical ministry in the Christian church.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 225 words.

Interpretive Essays (3)

The student will write three 1,200-word research-based papers in current Turabian format that focus on the 3 topics outlined in the course. Each paper must include 2–3 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

God Dwells Among Us Reflection paper

The student will write a 1,200–1,500-word reflection paper on Beale’s God Dwells Among Us. The paper must follow current Turabian formatting. Outside sources are not required for this assignment, but if any sources are used, the student must footnote any citations and include a bibliography.

Biblical Theology Paper

The student will write a 2,000-word minimum, research-based paper in current Turabian format that provides a biblical theology for either the book of Ruth or Jonah. The paper must give a detailed explanation of the theological message of the book. The paper must include at least 8 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Biblical Theology Topic Paper

The student will write a 2,000-word minimum, research-based paper in current Turabian format on a theme or topic in biblical theology. This paper is to be written as if the student were asked to contribute an article on the topic for a new dictionary of biblical theology. The paper must include at least 10 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.