Spring '11 Course Offerings


Spring 2011 Semester 
beginning January 30

Course Offerings



1. The Synoptic Gospels: Jesus' Passion, Death and Resurrection                                         

9:30 – 10:40am, beginning January 30

This course provides an in-depth study in The Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, focusing primarily on synoptic accounts regarding Jesus' Final Journey to Jerusalem and His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  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 Three of a three part series, students are encouraged to take this course even if they have not taken Part One or Part Two.
Required Text:
Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, by Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr.



2. Paul and His Letters: The Early Years           

6:00 – 7:30pm, January 31 - April 25

This new Spring 2011 course, Paul and His Letters: The Early Years, will examine the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul and his earliest New Testament letters. In addition to a detailed treatment of each selected letter, class discussions will also emphasize the language, style and form of Paul’s letters, the cultural and religious make-up of each congregation, and the influence of Paul’s Jewish training on his letters. The following Pauline epistles will be examined in this course: Galatians, I & II Thessalonians and I & II Corinthians.



3.   Reading the Bible in Biblical Hebrew                                                              

5:30 – 6:45pm, beginning Feb. 2

Developed for those who know how to read Hebrew but are not yet familiar with Hebrew grammar, this new course will focus on reading simplified passages of the Hebrew Bible in its original language.  The primary emphasis of this class will be to strengthen the student's reading skills, in addition to learning the most frequent words found in the Hebrew Bible.

Prerequisite: must be able to read Hebrew.


4. Wednesday Evening Teaching Series --- The Seven Churches of Revelation

7:00 – 8:30pm, beginning Feb. 9

This new Series will explore the historical and cultural background of Jesus’ words to the Seven Churches of Revelation and will emphasize their importance to the church today.


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. 


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


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5. 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.


6. 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.


7. 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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