3101 Old Testament Hebrew
Selected passages from the Prophets are read, with due attention given to the Hebrew grammar. Prerequisite: 1101 Old Testament Hebrew.
3111 Old Testament Aramaic (Elective)
An introductory study of the grammar of Biblical Aramaic. Aramaic portions of the Old Testament are studied. A good knowledge of Hebrew is assumed in this course, which will be offered only if feasible. Prerequisite: 1101 Old Testament Hebrew and the permission of the professor.
3102 Old Testament Canonics
A study of the origin and specific character of the books of the Old Testament. The authorship, date, contents, structure as well as the special place or purpose of each book is discussed. Attention is also given to the history of the study of Canonics as well as current trends in this field.
3103 Old Testament Exegesis
Selected passages from one of the Prophets are studied, mainly in seminar format with a special emphasis on the text, its translation and message. Occasionally an excursus on a subject related to the text is given.
3205 New Testament Canonics
The course deals with the grounds for and the history of the recognition of the books in the New Testament as holy and canonical. Further, these books are studied with respect to their place and purpose in the canon. The contents of the books are surveyed.
3204 New Testament Greek
The grammar and idioms of New Testament Greek are studied. Readings are from the Pauline Epistles.
Prerequisite: 1204 New Testament Greek.
3206 New Testament Exegesis
Selected chapters of the Pauline, Johannine or Petrine letters are studied with a view to their original context and their contemporary significance.
3307 Church Polity
This course begins with the biblical grounds for church polity, then reviews the historical development of Reformed consistorial and synodical church polity, followed by study of the Church Order of Dort as regards the ecclesiastical offices and supervision of doctrine.
3308 Church History
This course covers the period A.D. 1800 to present in European church history, particularly Dutch Reformed church history. The events of the Secession (1832), Doleantie (1886), Union (1892), Liberation (1944), as well as more recent events are studied in their historical context.
3409 Dogmatics II
In the first semester, the focus is on the work of God in creation and providence, and the doctrines of man, sin and covenant. Christology, dealing with the person and work of Jesus Christ, is discussed in the second semester.
3410 Ethics I
In this course students are introduced to the field of ethics as the study of “the good.” Various approaches to ethics are explored, followed by a study of the application of the Ten Commandments to the Christian life.
3512 Sermon Session
Presentation of sermon proposals. Students in the junior year are expected to present three sermon proposals (OT, NT, and Catechism).
An introduction to the principles, the history, and the practice of Catechism teaching, with special attention for the formation of a curriculum for Catechism teaching. In addition the students are introduced to the pedagogical principles for catechetical teaching.
A study of the principles, the historical development, and the practice of the worship service of the Christian church, with special reference to the historical background of the liturgical forms and prayers in the Book of Praise of the Canadian Reformed Churches. In addition an introduction to hymnology (Psalms, hymns, church music) is offered.
3515 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.