An introduction to basic principles of biblical interpretation and secondary resources that aid in the study of the Bible.

This course is an introduction to the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the earliest extant Christians writings outside of the New Testament. The objectives are: 1. Gain familiarity with the authorship, background, and contents of these writings, 2. Examine the authors’ use of scripture and traditional material, 3. Trace the development of key theological issues.

An advanced course that equips students with a biblical methodology for exploring key Christian doctrines. The class focuses on how to theologize from the entirety of Scripture while paying careful attention to the specific context of each passage as well its broader place in God’s unfolding revelation.

This class examines how Christians may live in the contemporary world as people shaped by Scripture. Today Christians find themselves torn between competing worldviews. On the one hand, we are born or move into diverse cultures shaped variously by personal whim, majority consensus, and the powers that be. We are baptized, on the other hand, into a people who live by a different standard—the reign of God. In this class we use the compass of Scripture to help us navigate a world of competing allegiances while faithfully bearing witness to God’s reign.

A test by which we evaluate how well we are teaching students basic biblical and theological content.

This is a test we give incoming Freshmen and outgoing Seniors to guage how well we have taught them to read and interpret Scripture.