Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

Fall courses run from Tuesday, September 4 through Monday, December 10.

The regular registration period for Fall 2018 courses is July 16  – July 27, 2018. (Please note: two weeks only.) Beginning July 28, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect (not applicable to new students). You may register in person, by fax, scan/email, or mail. In order to reserve a place in the course, the $85 registration fee must be submitted at the time of registration. A student must register for a course before the first class meeting. 

For more information, please see the Registration page. Forms are available on the Forms page.

(A Course Schedule Matrix is provided at the bottom of this page.)
PR = Prerequisite; CR = Co-requisite

BS600    Orientation to Biblical Studies
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Jennifer McNeel, PhD
PR = none.
An introduction to academic biblical studies, with attention to the nature and development of biblical literature, tools for research, and methods of interpretation (exegesis). This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS611    Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
Times TBD, likely Monday & Thursday evenings.
Paul Maillet, PSS
PR = none.
A basic course on the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS621    Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available: click here for details.)
Rebecca Hancock, PhD
PR/CR = BS600, TH601.
An introduction to the theological content of the Torah, Prophets, and Writings in their historical and social contexts, with consideration of critical methodology and major themes. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS690    Readings in Biblical Greek I
3:30-4:30 pm (1 credit); 3:30-5:30 pm (3 credits), Thursday
Michael Gorman, PhD
PR = BS614.
Reading of selected passages of the Greek New Testament to develop facility in grammatical analysis and enlarge vocabulary (1 credit). The 3-credit option includes exegesis of the assigned Greek texts.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS719    Matthew and Mark
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Derek A. Olsen. PhD
Matthew and Mark, the first two books of the New Testament, present the earliest canonical accounts of Jesus, his disciples, and the birth of the movement that would become the church. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS/ST770 The Triune God of Scripture
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Brent Laytham, PhD
PR = BS621, BS622, and ST601 or permission of instructor.
From Marcion to the New Atheism, there have been perennial claims that the God found in Scripture is at odds with traditional Christian claims about the Triune God. There are ancient and contemporary complaints that the God of Scripture is disturbingly violent, contradictory, changeable, and patriarchal, and that the triune God of doctrine and creed is not the God revealed in Scripture. In modernity, biblical scholars have made the strongest claims to divergence between divinity in canon and in creed, so that now exegetes and theologians alike take it for granted that the Christian doctrine of God at best develops biblical revelation, or at worst distorts it. This seminar will read cutting edge biblical scholarship, ancient patristic texts, and new systematic theology to highlight the multiple convergences between biblical and doctrinal understandings of God’s name, nature, identity, and action.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

H601    Early & Medieval Christian Church
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available: click here for details.)

Derek A. Olsen, PhD
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of the major theological and historical developments of the Christian church from the early church to the eve of the Reformation. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT631/PT631   Violence and the City
9 am – 2 pm, Saturdays, 9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1 
Christopher Dreisbach, PhD
C. Anthony Hunt, DMin, PhD
From Cain (Gen. 4) to Freddie Gray (2015) and beyond, violence is regularly associated with the city. Christians committed to truth and peace with justice must question that perception and resist that reality. By focusing on Baltimore, this course will analyze and engage the dynamics of violence and the city. The course will use empirical, theoretical, and theological frames to evaluate how and why violence is perceived and represented as an urban phenomenon.  By synthesizing wisdom from the Christian moral tradition with the insights of social science, the course will develop a comprehensive definition of violence (in all its dimensions of violence—physical, emotional, economic, spiritual, etc.). The class will then analyze examples of different levels (e.g., interpersonal, social, institutional) and types (e.g., crime, human trafficking, gentrification…) of violence in Baltimore.  The course will culminate in evaluating and/or creating best practices for addressing violence within the context of Baltimore and every city. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

PT601    Foundations of Christian Ministry
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Janyce Jorgensen. PhD
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of the biblical, theological, and spiritual foundations of ministry, and of the expression of lay and ordained ministry in various Christian traditions. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT604    Biblical Storytelling I (1.5 credits)
9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays, 9/22, 10/20, 11/10, 12/1
Tracy Radosevic, DMin
PR/CR = BS621.
An exploration of the practice and role of biblical storytelling in preaching, worship, and formation, including oral presentation. (This course pairs ideally with BS621, and part two of Biblical Storytelling will pair in the spring with BS622.)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT719    Crafting the Sermon
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday 
David B. Greiser, PhD
PR/CR = BS600, TH601.
An exploration of the creation of a sermon from Scripture text to final form, designed both for those who would proclaim and for those who would be discerning listeners. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SP605    Spiritual Traditions & Disciplines
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., DMin
PR/CR = TH601.
An exploration of the various spiritual traditions and their accompanying disciplines from the early Christian era to the present time.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST601    Foundations of Systematic Theology
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available: click here for details.)
Mark Gorman, PhD
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of basic theological topics, such as revelation, the Triune God, sin and grace, Christ, salvation, and the church, with attention to theological method and historical development. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH601    Introduction to Theological Study
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday 
Adam Urrutia, PhD (Cand.)
PR = none.
An introduction to the study of theology, including a survey of its major disciplines, review of research-paper techniques, and hands-on experience with the practical tools and methods of theological research and writing. This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most 600- and 700-level courses.  
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

The following St. Mary’s Seminary course is available to EI students for cross-registration:

SL/SS828    Currents in New Testament Soteriology (counts as BS or ST)
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday (first day of class is August 30) 
Michael Gorman, PhD
PR = CAS matriculation or BS600, BS622, and ST601 and permission of instructor.
An exploration of recent contributions to the interpretation of salvation in the New Testament, with special attention to (1) the death and resurrection of Jesus; (2) participation (union with Christ, theosis/deification); and (3) the New Testament’s contribution to constructive theology.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)


Fall 2018 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday
BS600 –  Orientation to Biblical Studies (McNeel)
BS621 – Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Hancock)  BS611 – Introduction to Biblical Hebrew,  online portion (Maillet)    PT604 – Biblical Storytelling I (Radosevic): 9:00 am — 1:00 pm, 9/22, 10/20, 11/10, & 12/1
 BS611 – Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, classroom portion (Maillet) BS719 – Matthew and Mark (Olsen)  BS690 – Readings in Biblical Greek I (Michael Gorman) 3:30 – 5:30 pm   MT631/PT631 –Violence and the City (Dreisbach, Hunt): 9:00 am — 2:00 pm, 9/15, 9/29, 10/20, 10/27, 11/17, & 12/1
BS/ST770 –  The Triune God of Scripture (Laytham) TH601 – Introduction to Theological Study
PT719 – Crafting the Sermon
H601 – Early & Medieval Christian Church (Olsen)   SP605 – Spiritual Traditions & Disciplines
 PT601 – Foundations of Christian Ministry (Jorgensen)
   ST601 – Foundations of Systematic Theology
(Mark Gorman)
    SEMINARY COURSE: SL/SS828 Currents in New Testament Soteriology (1:00 – 3:00 pm) – requires permission of professor     

1-Credit Spiritual Practice Courses: Fall 2018
Course # Course Title Parent Course
SP642.1 Spiritual Practice: Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Hancock) BS621
SP647.1 Spiritual Practice: Early & Medieval Christian Church (Olsen) H601
SP648.1 Spiritual Practice: Foundations of Systematic Theology (Gorman) ST601