Spring '10 Course Offerings & Descriptions


Spring 2010 Semester 
beginning in January

Course Offerings & Descriptions 



1. Synoptic Gospels I                                          

9:30 – 10:40am, beginning January 31

Part one of a three part series.  This course will provide an introduction to the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  While gospel studies can often be aimed at harmonizing these gospel accounts, this course will focus on highlighting the uniqueness of each synoptic gospel.  This approach will allow the individual theological interests of each author to be realized and appreciated.  The student will have the opportunity to highlight and analyze the synoptic accounts in the required textbook through a special color-coding system. 

Required Text:
Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, by Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr.



2. The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature                

6:00 – 7:45pm, January 25-May 17    

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.



3. Illustrated Parables                                                                 

7:00 – 8:30pm, January 27 – March 17

This new eight week teaching series will be focused upon illustrating some of the most well known parables of Jesus’ teaching ministry.  While parables can often appear cryptic to western readers of the New Testament in the 21st century, parables were a common Jewish teaching technique in the first century.  In this series, fresh insights will be offered from Jewish history, Mediterranean culture, rabbinic parables, and word pictures from the Land of Israel.  Having a unique flavor from all other ANBSC courses, selected parables of Jesus will be illustrated each week through live drama and extensive power point presentations. 

Registration is not required for this Series, as it will be held in conjunction with Wednesday evening services in the main sanctuary of First Assembly of God Church. 

Special note to previous ANBSC students: this series is not identical to ANBSC’s “Understanding the Parables of Jesus” Course.

Location: This Series will be held in the main sanctuary of Clarksville First Assembly of God Church, not in the ANBSC classroom.


4. Biblical Hebrew II                                                                 

5:30 – 6:45pm, beginning Jan. 6

This course will build on the foundation from the first semester, with a continued emphasis given to concepts that will enhance the ability to read and understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language. Major emphasis will be placed on tenses and verbal stems. 

Prerequisite: ANBSC Biblical Hebrew I or equivalent. 

Required Textbook: Introducing Biblical Hebrew, by Allen P. Ross.


5. New Testament (Koine) Greek II                                        

5:30 – 6:45pm, beginning Jan. 6

This second semester course of New Testament (Koine) Greek continues to introduce the student to the basic grammar, vocabulary, and verb system of the Greek New Testament.  Prerequisite: ANBSC New Testament (Koine) Greek I or equivalent. 

Required Textbooks:

Basics of Biblical Greek -- Grammar, Second Edition, by William D. Mounce. 

Basics of Biblical Greek -- Workbook, Second Edition, by William D. Mounce. 




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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. 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.


10. 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.


11. The 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; Jesus the Messiah; The Mission to the Gentiles; Encounters with Paganism; Orthodoxy and Heresy; Elder and Younger Brothers: Early Debates; The Jesus Tradition: Origins of the Gospels; Conversion, Baptism, and New Life; The Eucharist and Agape Meal; The Didache: Handbook of the Early Church; and Christianity and Pagan Society. 


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