Biblical Languages (8)
MTS 660 Hebrew (4)
The student will work through a basic Hebrew grammar. The objective is that the student will gain the ability to read the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. The course will begin with the consonants and vowel signs, followed by a study of nouns and their inflections. A vocabulary of 500 words will be gained by the student.
MTS 661 Greek (4)
This course prepares the theology student to perform research in the Greek text of both the New Testament and the Septuagint. The student is introduced to the basic forms of inflection and the development of parsing skills along with syntax and a solid vocabulary base.
Biblical Studies and Interpretation (8)
MTS 501 Biblical Theology (4)
The Biblical Theology Course is designed to immerse the student into the practice of theology from a Biblical perspective through reading the works of John Goldingay and Phillip Esler. Students will learn to use the entire bible both canonically and synthetically for speaking and writing theologically. Course lectures will cover the theological intent(s) of each Biblical book.
MTS 502 Advanced Biblical Interpretation (4)
This course is an advanced Biblical interpretation course. The course explores methodological, philosophical and literary theories on interpretation.
MTS 503 A Theology of Hope and the Apocalypse (4)
This course explores the subject of eschatological hope as found in the Old Testament and in the apocalyptic literature of the New Testament. The course views apocalyptic literature through the lens of literary genre and transformative hope. Utilizing a canonical synthetical approach the result is a holistic understanding of the nature of the Bible’s apocalyptic visions.
MTS 551 The Moral Imagination and Ethics (4)
This is an ethics course which focuses on the theological concept of God as a moral being and man as a moral creation. The moral imagination is the innate ability of human beings to propose a ‘better world’ or suggest lessons on morality through writing and speaking.
MTS 552 A Theology of Peacemaking: Global Conflict and Tribal Raids (4)
This course is designed to meet the need of the theologian to be first and foremost a peacemaker. Utilizing historical and current conflicts this course seeks to expose the place for intelligent proposals of peace and how they could or should have been presented. The Bible is also viewed through the interpretive lens of the moral imagination and peace making in order to re-evaluate past paradigms that focused on the justification of violence by the state. Conflict resolution is explored at personal, communal, cultural, national, and global levels.
MTS 550 Kierkegaard’s Christianity (4)
This course explores the theological, philosophical and historical contributions of Soren Abaye Kierkegaard. The required texts are three of Kierkegaard’s works, which are numbered at 25 major works plus other smaller works, journals and papers. As a Christian and as a Philosopher Kierkegaard has captured more interest in the last century than any other individual in either philosophy or theology. The book on Adler is Kierkegaard’s writings and reflections on an event that prompted him to give us his thoughts on the subject of ‘revelation’. Practice in Christianity is his magnum opus for Christian living. Attack upon Christendom is Kierkegaard’s critique of Danish Christianity during the time of his life. Students will explore morality as both religious and cultural construct while being taught to develop an ethic of Christian love guided with a theology of being.
Theology for Missions (8)
MTS 601 Ethnic Storytelling and Cultural Transformation (4)
Every culture has stories that are part of the national or cultural psyche. This course looks at those stories for three separate nations of the world (Kenya, India, and the Philippines) as well as Latin America as a whole. Students are taught how to utilize these stories in their communication and how to listen for when certain ideas or phrases are used by native speakers. This course allows the student to immerse deeper into the culture and learn the power of understanding through ethnic stories.
MTS 602 Global Perspectives on Theology (4)
This course explores the Global aspects of theology. Theology is not accomplished with the same understanding in every part of the world. People view the practice of theology and its purposes differently based upon their own experiences. Likewise theology is now a global effort due to the globalization of resources, economics, communications, travel and vocation. The practice of theology in such a setting is the focus of this class.
Contemporary Theology (12)
MTS 650 Theological Perspectives on Psychology (4)
This course explores the way Biblical authors used their writing skills to reveal how human behavior can be understood, predicted, and viewed through the use of what we moderns call psychology. The gospel writers were particularly aware of the sociological effects upon the human psyche. Jesus is depicted as a wise man and as a result reflects a superior understanding of human behavior.
MTS 651 Political Theology (4)
This course prepares the student to understand the political realities of our world. The student will learn to integrate their knowledge of theology with political theory. The student will develop a theological understanding for the presence of the city and the policies that form social constructs as a result of governmental authority. This course will prepare the student to write and speak on political issues and do so with theological understanding.
MTS 653 Feminist Theology (4)
This course immerses the reader into the world of feminist theology through reading and reflection upon the Biblical text. The course also exposes the student to the world of human trafficking, where women are dehumanized objects used for monetary gain.
MTS 652 Liberation Theology (4)
This course investigates the origin of Liberation Theology and follows through to its development and acceptance as part of the Biblical message to be applied in society. The course explores Contemporary, African American and Latin American liberation theologies.