Fall '09 Course Offerings & Descriptions

Fall Semester 2009
(September 10 – December 3)

Course Offerings & Descriptions


Sunday                                                                                                   9:30 - 10:40 am

1. The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature    
This course examines the Book of Revelation in its historical, cultural, and literary context as a late first century apocalypse. The purposes and general characteristics of apocalyptic literature will be discussed in this course, to include: the presence of heavenly messengers, heavenly journeys, the use of symbolic language, the extensive use of numbers, the appearance of strange creatures, end time battles, the New Heavens and New Earth, and more. This in-depth verse-by-verse treatment on Revelation will assist the student to better understand the historic and prophetic message of this complex New Testament apocalypse.   


Monday                                                                                                    6:00 - 7:30 pm

2. Origins of Christianity
This seminar explores the major issues and events surrounding the establishment of the Christian Church. Course discussions will highlight how Jewish beliefs, practices, and institutions influenced and shaped early Christianity. Class topics include: Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven; The Early Jerusalem Community, God’s Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts; The Mission to the Gentiles; The Church of Jewish Believers; Encounters with Paganism; Orthodoxy and Heresy; Elder and Younger Brothers: Early Debates; The Bible of the Early Church; Jesus the Messiah; Conversion, Baptism, and New Life; and The Church Facing a New Era.                                                                                


Wednesday                                                                                              5:30 - 6:45pm 

3. New Testament (Koine) Greek I 
This course will provide a general introduction to the Koine Greek of the New Testament and will enable the student to begin reading and studying the New Testament in its original language. Upon completion of this first semester, students will be equipped with the most basic Greek skills, enabling them to utilize Greek dictionaries and other vital Greek helps. These tools will allow the student to more responsibly dig below the surface level of the New Testament text. Note to prospective students: this course requires significant work in addition to class sessions.
Required Textbooks:
Basics of Biblical Greek -- Grammar,
Second Edition, by William D. Mounce.
Basics of Biblical Greek -- Workbook,
Second Edition, by William D. Mounce                                

4. Biblical Hebrew I 
This course will provide an introduction to the Hebrew of the Biblical text. The Hebrew alphabet, vowel system, vocabulary building, Scriptures, songs, and readings for beginners will be covered in the first semester, enabling students to begin reading passages of the Hebrew Bible in its original language.
Note to prospective students: this course requires significant work in addition to class sessions.
Required Textbook:
Introducing Biblical Hebrew,
by Allen P. Ross.  



Thursday                                                                                                  6:00 – 7:30 pm

5. Jesus the Teacher: Studies in Matthew
This course in ANBSC’s Life of Jesus Series will focus on the 5 main teachings of Jesus recorded in The Gospel of Matthew, namely, The Ideals of the Kingdom, True Discipleship, The Mystery of the Kingdom, The Community of Believers, and Jesus’ Apocalyptic Discourse. Topics such as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ view of discipleship, His unique perspectives on the Kingdom, living as a community of faith, the coming of the Son of Man, and more will be discussed in class. This course will explore the heart of Jesus’ message, highlighting its purpose and relevance for both the original audience as well as readers today. 


Online Courses
available in Audio or Video Format *
* high – speed internet connection recommended for Video Format 

6. The Jewish Writings: From Conquest to Exile
This course provides a thorough treatment of the biblical writings from the Jewish conquest of the Promised Land through the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon. The following books will be discussed in this course: Joshua, Judges, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah.

7. The Book of Acts
This seminar explores the life and growth of the Early Church and the most crucial issues facing the early Jewish believers as they carried out Jesus' Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Special emphasis will be placed on the Jewish roots of the Christian church throughout this seminar. This course will provide extensive visual presentations from throughout the land of Israel and the ancient Roman world, allowing the student to rediscover the Mediterranean world of the first century A.D.

8. The Gospel of John
This course explores the Fourth Gospel in its historical, cultural, and religious setting. Special emphasis will be given to the unique purpose of John and its distinctive literary style and linguistic background. The deity of Jesus, His relationship with the Father, His signs, the issues of testimony and belief, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and other dominant themes and nuances will be highlighted. Visual presentations from the Land of Israel will also be provided throughout this course.

9. Understanding the Parables of Jesus
This course in ANBSC’s Life of Jesus Series provides an in-depth look at each of the parables taught by Jesus. The class will examine issues of interpretation with this popular first century teaching style, and will explore what a parable is, why Jesus taught in parables, the various categories of parables, and rules for interpreting parables. The historical and theological context and Jewish societal customs will be drawn upon in seeking to understand the message of each parable.

10. Biblical Backgrounds Series I (originally taught in Fall 2008)
This Biblical Backgrounds Seminar explores the Jewish world of Jesus, the first three centuries of Christianity, the literature that enlightens the Bible, and the formation of the Biblical Canon. Class topics include: Jesus in His Jewish Context, Messianic Thought, Jewish Religious Groups, The Synagogue and Church: the Parting of the Ways, Life and Literature in the Early Church, What Outsiders Said About the Early Christians, Spiritual Blindness, Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Importance of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature, An Introduction to the Hebrew Canon, and An Introduction to the New Testament Canon.

11. Biblical Backgrounds Series II (originally taught in Spring 2009)
This Biblical Backgrounds Seminar will explore the cultural background of the Bible, significant places of the Biblical World, and vital issues facing the Early Christians. Class topics include: The History of the English Bible, The Hard Sayings of Jesus, Idioms in the Bible, Manners and Customs of the Bible, Important Archaeological Discoveries, A Tour of the Biblical World, Israel and The Land, and The Seven Churches of Revelation.  

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