1101 Old Testament Hebrew
A study of the Hebrew language in order to master the basic principles of its grammar (orthography, morphology and syntax). Selected passages of the Old Testament are read.
1102 The Text of the Old Testament
A study of the transmission of the Hebrew text, the history and significance of the versions, and the practice of textual criticism.
1103 Introduction to Old Testament Exegesis
A study of the principles and practice of interpreting the Old Testament in order to help equip the student for the task of exegesis.
1204 New Testament Greek
The grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek is studied. Passages from the gospels, the Septuagint and the Apostolic Fathers are read.
1205 New Testament Text
Philip Comfort's Encountering the Manuscripts is studied, and attention is given to the practice of textual criticism with the aid of the text-critical apparatus of the Greek New Testament. The history of the translation of the Bible into English is briefly surveyed and the requirements for and different methods of translating the Bible are discussed.
1206 Introductory Hermeneutics
A study of the history and the Reformed principles of the interpretation of the Scriptures. Attention is also given to some modern critical methods.
After introducing philosophy and logic, this course surveys many key Western philosophical ideas and debates with a view to how they have affected theology and vice versa. The course closes with a study of Reformed philosophy, in particular the (Dooyeweerdian) Philosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea and the newer Reformed Epistemology of Alvin Plantinga, c.s.
1408 Introduction to Theology
This course explores what theology should be from the Reformed perspective. The starting point is A. Kuyper's Principles of Sacred Theology. Topics discussed include the specific subject matter of theology, its relation to other disciplines, and the division of theology.
Symbolics is the study of the symbols (creeds and confessions) of the church. This first course in Symbolics aims at a thorough knowledge of the three Ecumenical Creeds and the Three Forms of Unity. The history and text of these creeds and confessions are discussed in the freshman year. In Semester I the focus is on the ecumenical creeds, in Semester II on the Three Forms of Unity.
1510 Introduction to Diaconiology
An introduction to the field of Diaconiology. Attention is given to Biblical Principles regarding the church and its ministries and offices, with special reference to the ministry of the Word. A brief introduction to each of the subdisciplines (homiletics, liturgics, etc.) is offered.
1511 Homiletics I
An introduction to the field of Homiletics. Special attention is given to the character of preaching in the light of the Scriptures and the Reformed Confessions. The stages of the sermon making process are discussed. The student is introduced to important issues in Reformed homiletics, such as Catechism preaching and redemptive-historical preaching.