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Sophomore Year

2101 Old Testament Hebrew
Narrative passages are read with due attention given to the Hebrew grammar. Prerequisite: 1101 Old Testament Hebrew.

2102 History and Institutions of Old Testament Times
The first part of this course deals with Old Testament History within the context of the history of the ancient Near East. Therefore, it also includes discussions on geographical, archaeological and historiographical subjects. The second part deals with religious and social institutions found in the Old Testament, taking into account the ancient Near Eastern cultural setting.

2103 Old Testament Exegesis
Selected passages from the Pentateuch are studied, mainly in seminar format with a special emphasis on the text, translation and message. Occasionally an excursus on a subject related to the text is given.

2204 New Testament Greek
The grammar and idioms of New Testament Greek are studied. The readings concentrate on the Gospel according to Luke and Acts. Prerequisite: 1204 New Testament Greek.

2205 New Testament Background
This course deals with the larger Judaic and Greco-Roman context in which the New Testament events took place. Attention is given to the extrabiblical sources for much of that knowledge, to the intertestamental history, to the sects and movements that were current, to the temple and the nature of daily life in New Testament times.

2307 Church History
This course studies the history of the early and medieval church, with special attention to the doctrinal controversies of the period, the interaction of church and state, the work of Augustine, and the development of scholastic method in theology.   

2308 Church History
This course begins in the late medieval era and then studies the history of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, with subsequent developments up to about A.D. 1800. Besides introducing key figures and movements, the course also surveys the developments in the relationship of the church to the state, education, and science.

2409 Dogmatics I
In the first semester, the focus is on introductory questions (prolegomena), such as the nature, method and source of dogmatics, followed by revelation and Scripture. In the second semester the doctrines of the triune God and the divine decree are dealt with.

2410 Advanced Symbolics
A study of the history and text of the Protestant symbols as described by P. Schaff in the Creeds of Christendom, vol I & III. The lectures concentrate on a selected topic related to the Reformed confessions.

2411 Apologetics
This course studies the history and methods of Christian apologetics – both negative and positive approaches – and equips students to defend their faith before the world. The first half of the course covers the biblical basis, history, and main schools of apologetics while the second half engages in the practice of apologetics.

2512 Sermon Session
Presentation and evaluation of sermon proposals. Students in the Sophomore year are expected to present three sermon proposals (OT, NT, and Catechism). For the preparation of these proposals they receive individual guidance by the Homiletics professor.

2513 Poimenics I
A study of the principles and practice of pastoral and diaconal care in the Christian congregation. This includes a discussion of the role of the offices of elder and deacon in the church. The course includes a discussion of various approaches to congregational development.

2514 Evangelistics
The first half of this course deals with the church's evangelistic calling to teach and preach the gospel to the unconverted in the church's own environment. After a discussion of Biblical and theological principles, attention is given to the practice of evangelism. The second half of the course deals with other religions - such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, First Nations traditional religion - and the spreading of the gospel among followers of these religions.

2516 Evangelistic Speaking
This is a course in the Diploma of Theological Studies curriculum. The course is offered on request. Students are expected to prepare and present two evangelistic addresses on assigned texts. For the preparation of these proposals they receive individual guidance by the Homiletics professor

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