Fall 2021 Course Preview

BS600    Orientation to Biblical Studies
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Instructor TBD
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. 
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BS/BL613    New Testament Greek I
Monday 7 – 8:30 pm and Wednesday 7 – 8 pm
Fr. Paul Maillet
New Testament Greek I is a course for beginners who eventually want to be able to read the New Testament in its original language. The course begins with the alphabet and pronunciation and then moves to basic grammar and vocabulary, applying what is learned in each lesson to phrases, sentences, and eventually longer passages from the easier parts of the New Testament. One of the features of the course is a section in each lesson showing why knowing the original language makes a difference in understanding particular texts.  
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BS621    Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Dr. Rebecca Hancock
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.

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BS???    Women in the New Testament
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Dr. Jennifer McNeel
The role of women in early Christianity is a topic of both historical interest and contemporary theological significance. Responsible and creative interpretation of women’s stories is crucial for biblical study and for proclamation of the gospel. This course will examine the portrayal of women in New Testament and some noncanonical texts through historical, literary, theological, feminist, and womanist reading strategies. Students will explore the relevance of these texts for understanding the lives of women in the early church and for Christian life and ministry today.

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DM862 Reading Scripture — DMin students only.
Thursday 6 – 8:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Dates TBD)
Dr. Michael Gorman
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
An exploration of approaches to reading Scripture for Christian faith, formation, ministries, and mission.

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DM869 Healing Trauma — DMin students only.
Thursday 6 – 8:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Dates TBD)
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
A theological immersion in the spectrum and nature of trauma, equipping ministers to provide healing presence, witness, and care.
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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.
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MT/PT631   Violence and the City
9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays (Dates TBD)
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. Focusing on Baltimore, this course will analyze and engage the dynamics of violence and the city, using 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, analyze examples of different levels and types of violence in Baltimore, and evaluate best practices for addressing violence within the context of Baltimore and every city.
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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.
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PT604     Biblical Storytelling (1.5 credits)
9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays (Dates TBD)
Dr. Tracy Radosevic
An exploration of the history behind (and current need for) understanding, interpreting and ultimately communicating biblical passages – in virtually every area of ministry – through a discipline of internalizing, embodying, and storytelling. 
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SP/ST609    Spiritual Theology
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Dr. John M. Hayes
This course will be an attempt to recover some of the integrity of the connection between theology and spirituality, by reflection on the writings of several contemporary mystics, each of whom in his or her own context and idiom struggled to forge a creative dialectic between his or her theological understanding of Christian revelation, spirituality, and compassionate, prophetic engagement and witness in the world. The end of each class time will be devoted to the presentation of various forms of Christian spiritual practice: lectio divina, the Jesus prayer, centering prayer, etc. The student will be encouraged to experiment with each of these and to journal his or her theological reflections on those experiences.  
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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. 
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ST693 Readings in Systematic Theology
Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Mark Gorman
This one-credit seminar focuses on reading an advanced text in systematic theology (this time St. Augustine’s On the Trinity). Take three times to equal one elective requirement.  PR = ST601 and either BS621 or BS622
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TH601    Introduction to Theological Study
Thursday,  6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Brent Laytham
An introduction to the study of theology. This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most 600- and 700-level courses. PR = none.
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
BS600 – Orientation to Biblical Studies
6 – 8:30 pm
BS621 – Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
6 – 8:30 pm
ST693 – Readings in Systematic Theology
7:30 – 8:30 pm
BS??? – Women in the New Testament
6 – 8:30 pm
 
MT/PT631  –  Violence and the City
9 am – 1 pm
BS/BL613 – New Testament Greek I
 7 – 8:30 pm
H601 – Early & Medieval Christian Church
6 – 8:30 pm
 
BS/BL613 – New Testament Greek I
7 – 8 pm
ST601 – Foundations of Systematic Theology
6 – 8:30 pm
 
PT604 – Biblical Storytelling
9 am – 1 pm
PT601 – Foundations of Christian Ministry
6 – 8:30 pm
SP/ST609 – Spiritual Theology
6 – 8:30 pm
  TH601 – Introduction to Theological Study
6 – 8:30 pm
   
      DM862 – Reading Scripture (DMin students only)
Thursday 6 – 8:30 pm
DM862 – Reading Scripture (DMin students only)
Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
 
      DM869 – Healing Trauma (DMin students only)
Thursday 6 – 8:30 pm
DM869 – Healing Trauma (DMin students only)
Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm