Fall '10 Course Offerings & Descriptions

begins September 13th

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 Course Offerings & Descriptions

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1. The Synoptic Gospels II: Jesus’ Galilean Ministry               Sundays 9:30 - 10:40 am

This course provides an in-depth study in The Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, focusing primarily on Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee.  While Gospel studies can often be aimed at harmonizing the Gospel accounts, this course will focus on the uniqueness of each of the Synoptics.  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 Gospels in the required textbook using a special color-coding method.  While this is Part Two of a three-semester course, new class members are encouraged to join even if Part One has not been taken.

2. The Torah Through the Ages
                                                Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm

This new Seminar will provide a general introduction and overview of the first five books of the Biblical text, known in Hebrew as the Torah.  This course will explore the foundational role of the Torah in Judaism, the life and ministry of Jesus, the early church and the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  Class discussions include: An Introduction to the Torah and the Hebrew Scriptures, An Overview of each individual Book of the Torah, An Examination of the 10 Commandments, The role of the Torah in the ministry of Jesus, The Early Church and the Torah, and the Apostle Paul and the Torah.


3. Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew                                  Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm

This new course is the Biblical Hebrew class for everyone!  It has been formulated for those who’ve always wanted to learn Hebrew without intense grammar instruction, and also as an introduction for those intending to take Biblical Hebrew I.  Special emphasis will be given to learning the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills through memorizing a selection of Hebrew words, Scriptures and songs.  [note: this is not the same course as Biblical Hebrew I, which will be taught in Spring 2011.  Those planning to take Biblical Hebrew I should take this course as an introduction].


4. New Testament (Koine) Greek I                                      Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45pm

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.  [note: this course requires a minimum enrollment of 15 students]. 

Required Textbooks: 

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

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


5. Lessons for the Harvest Field                                        Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

This new Wednesday Evening Teaching Series, Lessons for the Harvest Field, will provide a detailed treatment on Matthew 8-10.  In these chapters, Matthew presents the vital lessons every disciple must remember while laboring in their individual harvest field.  In chapters 8-9, Matthew collects 10 miracle stories, each of which contains a key message regarding God’s will for mankind.  In chapter 10, Jesus charges His disciples to go out and do as He has done.


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.  Everyone is welcome!  Childcare is provided for this series.



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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. 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.


9. 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.


10. 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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