Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Course Schedule 

Fall courses run from Thursday, 9/3/20 through Monday, 12/14/20. All fall classes are online only, meeting in the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Some courses will shift SOME learning engagement from the live session to flexible weekly activities. (E.g., Systematic Theology would require 30 minutes of flex-work before the class meeting from 6-8.) Decisions about the proportions of live-class and flex-work will be published here by August 1.

The regular registration period for Fall 2020 courses is Monday, July 13  – July 24, 2020. (Please note: two weeks only.) Beginning August 1, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect (not applicable to new students). You may register by 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.  (Fall semester only, the registration fee is fully refundable until September 1.) A student must register for a course before the first class meeting. 

For more information, please see the Registration page. Forms will be 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, Thursday
Dr. Jennifer McNeel
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
Monday 7 – 8:30 pm and Wednesday 7 – 8 pm
Fr. Paul Maillet
After learning the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation, the class proceeds with translating very simple phrases from the Tanakh (the Hebrew bible or Old Testament). By memorizing vocabulary and inductively learning how the language works through the superb, user-friendly textbook, the class learns how to translate Biblical verses increasing very gradually in length and difficulty.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

BS690    Readings in Biblical Greek: Romans (1 credit)
6 – 7:10, Tuesday
Dr. Michael J. Gorman and Dr. W. Daniel Jackson
PR = one year of biblical Greek or classical Greek.
The one-credit course will be devoted primarily to reading, translating, and analyzing various excerpts of Paul’s letter to the Romans. An additional goal will be to review and expand students’ knowledge of Greek vocabulary and grammar.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

BS796    Exegesis of Romans in Greek (3 credits)
6 – 8:30, Tuesday  (first hour = BS690)
Dr. Michael J. Gorman and Dr. W. Daniel Jackson
The three-credit course is designed also to introduce students to the methods and tools for exegesis of the Greek New Testament, to develop their exegetical skills, and to study recent developments in the study of Romans.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS621    Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Dr. Katherine Brown
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) 

BS/ES644   The Decalogue (Jewish-Christian Studies course)
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Rabbi Dr. Avram Reisner, Dr. Rebecca Hancock
PR/CR = NONE.
Among the explanations given to Pharaoh in the book of Exodus for the purpose of the Israelites’ departure was to “celebrate a festival” to God in the wilderness (Ex. 5:1). What had not been disclosed is how God would put that encounter to use through God’s self-revelation to the people as a whole. The product of that encounter was the Decalogue, which, for that reason, carries unusual significance for Biblical faiths. This course will explore to  the social and historical contexts out of which the Decalogue arose, the various ways that the commandments have been received by both Jewish and Christian communities, and implications of the Decalogue for Jewish-Christian dialogue, theology and ethics. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

DM862 Reading Scripture  — DMin students only.
Thursday, 6-8:30 pm, Friday 930 am – 3:30 pm (Sept. 17-18, Oct. 15-16, Nov. 12-13, Dec. 3-4)
Dr. Michael Gorman
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
An exploration of approaches to reading Scripture for Christian faith, formation, ministries, and mission.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

DM869 Healing Trauma — DMin students only.
Thursday, 6-8:30 pm, Friday 930 am – 3:30 pm (Sept. 17-18, Oct. 15-16, Nov. 12-13, Dec. 3-4)
Dr. John Hayes
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
A theological immersion in the spectrum and nature of trauma, equipping ministers to provide healing presence, witness, and care. A theological immersion in the spectrum and nature of trauma, equipping ministers to provide healing presence, witness, and care. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) TBA

H601 Early & Medieval Christian Church
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Dr. Steve Lloyd
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)

PT601    Foundations of Christian Ministry
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Dr. Jason Poling
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)

PT649 Lay Ministry & Evangelization (1.5 credits) – PAF Students only or by permission
7:25 – 8:40 pm
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
This course on Lay Ministry and Evangelization will explore the importance of evangelization in today’s Church for those still identifying with the Church and for who no identify with the Church (if they ever did). In order to do this, we will examine key evangelization documents in the Roman Catholic Church and models of successful programs locally and nationally.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SL804  Currents in Gospel Studies (STL Seminar cross-listed in the EI)
1-3 pm, Thursday

Dr. Michael J. Gorman
PR: BS622 or a basic course in the Gospels; enrollment in the CAS program or permission of the dean & instructor (with some pre-course reading required).
This seminar will consider trends in the study of the Gospels as a whole and in their distinctive theologies. Students will work on all four Gospels but also focus on one Gospel as their specialty.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

SP609   Spiritualities of Liberation and Hope
9 am – 1 pm, Saturday

Dr. Tony Hunt
An analysis of Christian spirituality from various perspectives from the lenses of liberation and hpoe for the church and world today. The course will explore historical developments, theological literature, and recent trends in the practice of spirituality, and how liberation and hope are informed through the study and practice of spirituality, and how such spirituality can lead to human liberation and actualization in the churches and world today. (Fulfills the Spiritual Theology requirement for the Certificate in Spirituality.)  PR = TH601 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

ST601    Foundations of Systematic Theology
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Dr. Mark Gorman
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, Monday
Dr. Brent Laytham
PR = NONE.
An introduction to the study of theology, including what theology is and how theology is done. Students will develop the ability to read, think, and write critically and faithfully, through a focus on what Christians believe in common.
TH601 Fall 2020 Course Description aka Greenbook

Fall 2020 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday
BS621 – Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
H601 – Early & Medieval Christian Church  BS600 –  Orientation to Biblical Studies SP609 – Spiritualities of Liberation and Hope
PT601 – Foundations of Christian Ministry  PT649 – Evangelization BS/ES644 – Jewish / Christian Studies: Decalogue  
BS611 -Biblical Hebrew BS690 / 796 – Romans  ST601 – Systematic Theology  
 TH601 – Intro to Theological Study   SL804 – Currents in Gospel Studies (1-3 pm)