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Biblical Studies
 
RB 311 New Testament I (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of the Pauline Epistles, utilizing the book of Acts as a historical resource. Each letter is analyzed exegetically. Emphasis is given to Paul’s major themes, including God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last day events, as well as the relevance of Paul’s message to ministerial practice and contemporary Christian living. Prerequisite: RL 314 or permission of instructor.
 
RB 312 New Testament II (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of Hebrews, Revelation, and the General Epistles, which include James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, 1, 2, and 3 John. Each letter is analyzed exegetically. Emphasis is given to major themes, including God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, salvation, and last day events, as well as the relevance of each author’s message to ministerial practice and contemporary Christian living. Prerequisite: RB 311.
 
RB 411 Old Testament I (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of the Old Testament books from Genesis to Esther. The messages of each book are explored in light of their historical, geographical, literary, and theological contexts. Special attention is given to issues of interpretation and methodological approaches, laying the groundwork for the Christological interpretation of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: RL 414 or permission of instructor.
 
RB 412 Old Testament II (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of the Old Testament books from Job to Malachi. The messages of each book are explored in light of their historical, geographical, literary, and theological contexts. Special attention is given to the interpretation of poetry and wisdom. The Christological interpretation of the Old Testament will be further developed. Prerequisite: RB 411.
 
RB 415 Seminar in Biblical Exegesis (W) 3 hours
An in-depth exegetical study of selected books and/or passages from the Old and New Testaments using the tools gained from other courses. A seminal paper is required in which the student demonstrates skill and knowledge of the student learning outcomes for the Biblical Studies and Languages major. The passages to be covered will be selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: RL 211-212, RL 313-314, RL 311-312, RL 413-414 or permission of instructor. Also RB 311 and RB 411. Note: RB 312 and RB 412 should be either completed or taken concurrently.
 
RB 416 Topics in Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology 3 hours
Introductory selected study of Ancient Near Eastern or Greco-Roman history and archaeology. The topics covered will be chosen by the instructor. Prerequisites: RB 311 and RB 411.
 
RB 417 Studies in Daniel (W) 3 hours
An exegetical exploration of the messages of Daniel in light of their historical, literary, and theological contexts. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and application of apocalyptic prophecy from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Prerequisites: RB 312, RB 411, RL 314, RL 414, and RT 221 or permission of instructor.
 
RB 418 Studies in Revelation (W) 3 hours
An exegetical exploration of the messages of Revelation in light of their historical, literary, and theological contexts. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and application of apocalyptic prophecy from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Prerequisites: RB 312, RB 411, RL 314, RL 414, and RT 221 or permission of instructor.
 
RB 490, 491 Research and Independent Study each 1-3 hours
A research project tailored to the student’s area of academic or professional interest. This course does not substitute for lecture courses. Prerequisites: senior standing, RT 221, a cumulative 3.00 GPA of all courses taken in this department, and permission of the instructor.
 
Biblical Languages
 
RL 211-212 Greek I, II 3-3 hours
Introduction to elements of koine Greek of the New Testament and practice in translation of Biblical passages.
 
RL 313-314 Greek III, IV 2-2 hours
A course that uses the linguistic similarities between English and New Testament Greek grammars toward the mastery of the morphology and the syntax of New Testament Greek. Students develop a usable vocabulary and the ability to translate simple passages. It emphasizes the application of Greek grammar to the understanding of the biblical text. Students develop the ability to translate selected passages with the aid of reference tools. Special emphasis is given to the value of Greek in the practice of ministry. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite for RL 313 and RL 212.
 
RL 311-312 Hebrew I, II 3-3 hours
Introduction to elements of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax.
 
RL 413-414 Hebrew III, IV 2-2 hours
Emphasis placed on mastery of basic grammar, development of a functional vocabulary and ability to translate Hebrew scripture. Practical value to ministry is also a goal of this course.
 
RL 415 Topics in Biblical Languages 3 hours
A course that introduces the student to a selected study of pre-advanced Greek or Hebrew, textual criticism, or other Biblical languages (Aramaic, etc.) The topics covered will be selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: RL 212 and RL 312. Note: The second year of Greek (RL 213 and 214) and second year Hebrew (RL 413 and RL 414) should also be either completed or taken concurrently.
 
RL 490, 491 Research and Independent Study each 1-3 hours
A research project tailored to the student’s area of academic or professional interest. This course does not substitute for lecture courses. Prerequisites: senior standing, RT 221, a cumulative 3.00 GPA of all courses taken in this department, and permission of the instructor.
 
Theological and Religious Studies
 
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics 2 hours
An introduction to the principles and methods of biblical interpretation with emphasis on Christocentric interpretation. Special consideration is given to Seventh-day Adventist interpretation and the relationship between interpretation and spirituality. Students develop the ability to assess various critical methodologies and apply interpretive principles responsibly.
 
RT 223 Philosophy and Christian Thought 2 hours
An introduction to the rigor of critical thinking in the context of human quest for truth and meaning. Through an historical approach, this course highlights the contributions of the major philosophers to the development of disciplines such as epistemology, ontology, metaphysics, empiricism, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, logic, and ethics. It is geared toward the understanding of pre-modernity, modernity, and postmodernity. It evaluates philosophical postulates in the light of biblical verities and aims at establishing the relationship between faith and learning.
 
RT 321 Christian Ethics (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of Christian ethics from biblical to present times. The course includes a systematic evaluation of various approaches to Christian ethics. Consideration is given to the relationship between the Bible and the quality and character of the Christian moral life, with special emphasis on Christ as the center of value and the moral life. Students investigateand critique major ethical systems and engage in values analysis, clarification, and criticism.
 
RT 322 World Religions 2 hours
A survey of the development, beliefs, worldviews, and practices of the religions of the world,including African and Caribbean traditions as well as modern religious movements. Specialemphasis will be placed on their relationship with Christianity. Prerequisite: junior standing.
 
RT 331 Introduction to Biblical Theology 3 hours
A survey of the theological themes found in select biblical literature that inform SeventhdayAdventist thought. This course provides an opportunity for deeper reflection on thehermeneutics of scripture within theology. Prerequisites: RL 211-212, RB 311, RT 221.
 
RT 421 Christian Theology I (W) 3 hours
An introductory survey of the development of Christian thought from A.D. 100 to 1300.Treatment is given to the task of theology, theological principles and methods, and biblicalcritique of theological ideas. Dogmatic categories include theology, Christology, pneumatology,anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Students explore the relevance oftheological reflection for modern church and society. Prerequisite: RT 221.
 
RT 422 Christian Theology II (W) 2 hours
An introductory survey of the development of Christian thought from A.S. 1300 to the present.Treatment is given to the task of theology, theological principles and methods, and biblicalcritique of theological ideas. Dogmatic categories include theology, Christology, pneumatology,anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Attention is given to the historicaldevelopment, principles, and methods of biblical theology. Students explore the relevanceof theological reflection for modern church and society. Prerequisite: RT 421.
 
RT 490, 491 Research and Independent Study each 1-3 hours
A research project tailored to the student’s area of academic or professional interest. Thiscourse does to substitute for lecture courses. Prerequisites: senior standing, RT 221, acumulative 3.00 GPA of all courses taken in this department, and permission of the instructor.Practical Studies
 
RP 231 Personal Evangelism 2 hours
An introduction to Christian discipleship. With an emphasis on developing skills for practice,students examine biblical and theological foundations of discipleship as demonstrated in theministry of Christ. Emphasis is given to the development of interpersonal skills for witnessing.Students learn to prepare and present Bible studies and train laity for discipleship. Fieldeducation is required. Prerequisite: RP 132 or permission of instructor.
 
RP 341 Biblical Preaching I 3 hours
An introduction to the biblical and theological foundations, principles, and methods of Christcenteredpreaching. Students review biblical hermeneutics for application to preaching.Attention is also given to personal preparation, sermon development and delivery, and biblical
preaching in the Seventh-day Adventist and Black traditions. Special emphasis is placed onChrist as the content of biblical preaching. Prerequisites: RB 211, RL 212, and RT 221.
 
RP 342 Biblical Preaching II 3 hours
An application of homiletical theory, designed to build students’ basic skills in biblical preaching.As a continuation of RP 341, this course requires students to deliver sermons for peer andteacher evaluation. Prerequisite: RP 341.
 
RP 351 Introduction to Religious Education 3 hours
An introduction to biblical, theological, historical, and psychological foundations of religiouseducation. Special attention is given to theoretical approaches and their critique and toreligious education and practical procedures for implementing, maintaining, and evaluatingreligious learning in home, school, and church. Prerequisite: ED 250.
 
RP 361 Pastoral Care and Counseling I 3 hours
An introduction to the principles and practices of pastoral care and counseling. Students willexamine systems in pastoral care and counseling from a biblical and theological perspective.The course will address visitation, ministering to the sick and their support system, anddevelopmental family issues. Special attention is given to premarital, marital, divorce, andbereavement counseling. The pastor’s place in the mental health care network and appropriatecircumstances for professional referral will also be considered. Prerequisite: PY 101.
 
RP 362 Pastoral Care and Counseling II 3 hours
An advanced course in pastoral care and counseling techniques. This course employsboth in-class preparation and clinical practice. Students apply pastoral care and counselingintervention techniques in a clinical setting. Attention is given to family dynamics, conflictmanagement and resolution, and crisis management, with particular reference to pastoral carein the black community. Assessment and referral methods are reviewed. Field education isrequired. Prerequisite: RP 361.
 
RP 431 Christian Ministry I 3 hours
An examination of biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian ministry andtheir relevance to professional issues in ministry. The course is designed to lead studentsfrom critical reflection to informed practice. As a continuation of RP 132, this course utilizesa case-study approach to develop the role of the minister as grounded in the ministry ofChrist. Emphasis is placed on servant-leadership, ministerial ethics, life management,denominational polity, and strategic planning. Field education and personality testing arerequired. Prerequisites: RB 211, RP 132, and RT 221.
 
RP 441 Christian Worship and the Black Liturgical Experience 2 hours
An introduction to the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian worshipand the implications for black liturgical experience. With an emphasis on building skills forpractice, the course explores selected liturgical elements, including the role of music andthe centrality of the Word. Attention is given to the relationship between corporate worshipand service. Students are required to complete observations in various worship settings.Prerequisites: RB 211 and RT 221.
 
RP 442 Public Evangelism and Church Growth 3 hours
An introduction to public evangelism and church growth. With an emphasis on developing skillsfor practice, students examine the biblical and theological foundations of public evangelismand church growth as demonstrated in the ministry of Christ. Traditional and non-traditionalapproaches are explored. Special emphasis is given to the role of the laity in successful
public evangelism and church growth. Field education is required. Prerequisites: RB 211and RP 231.
 
RP 443 Christian Ministry II 2 hours
An application of Christian ministry in the church setting, designed to build students’ basicskills in ministerial practice. As a continuation of RP 431, this course employs both in-classpreparation and clinical participation in church administration, visitation, church finance,services of the church (e.g. baptism, wedding, funeral, communion, baby dedication), auxiliaryministries, and strategic planning. Attention is also given to resources for ministry, includingtechnology. Field education is required. Prerequisite: RP 431.
 
RP 444 Pastoral/Evangelistic Practicum 1-3 hours
An advanced course designed to provide students with pastoral experience in a church and/orcommunity setting (e.g. nursing home, campus residence hall, hospice, shelter, correctionalfacility). Students will engage in a specific area of ministry that will be supervised and assessed.This practicum is structured to allow students to test their ministry skills in a real-life setting.Prerequisite: RP 431.
 
RP 450 Teaching Religion/Theology Practicum 1-3 hour
A course designed to provide students with instructional experience in a classroom setting.Students are assigned to the Department of Religion and Theology, Oakwood AdventistAcademy, and other educational settings. Students will actively participate in classroominstruction that will be supervised and assessed. This practicum is structured to allow studentsto test their teaching skills in a real-life setting. Prerequisite: RP 351 and ED 240.
 
RP 460 Pre-Counseling/Pre-Chaplaincy Practicum 1-3 hours
A course designed to provide students with pastoral care experience in hospitals and otherclinical settings. Students will work as counselors and chaplains with families, patients, healthcare providers, and community organizations in diverse cultural and religious settings. Asupervised group setting will provide opportunities for each student to reflect theologicallyabout human crisis, personal illness, loss, and community conflicts. The experience willallow each student to reflect on her/his personal and pastoral identity in diverse pastoral caresettings. Prerequisites: RP 362 and PY 421.
 
RP 470 Field School of Evangelism Practicum 1 hour
A practicum course designed to provide students with summer evangelistic experiencein national or international field settings. Students will actively participate in assessment,planning, implementation, and evaluation of evangelistic meetings that will be supervised andassessed. Emphasis is placed on developing Christ-centered evangelistic preaching. Thepracticum will include instruction in public evangelism and church growth and may be takenin conjunction with RP 442. Prerequisite: RP 342 and senior standing.
 
RP 490, 491 Research and Independent Study each 1-3 hours
A research project tailored to the student’s area of academic or professional interest. Thiscourse does not substitute for lecture courses. Prerequisites: senior standing, RT 221, acumulative 3.00 GPA of all courses taken in this department, and permission of the instructor.
 
General Religion Education
 
RG 101 Introduction to the Bible 3 hours
An introduction to the content, structure, and history of the Bible. The course providesstudents with a basic foundation for understanding and applying the message of the Bible.This course does not meet the requirements for majors, minors, and the certificate in thereligion and theology program.
 
RG 102 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3 hours
A review of the life of the Master Teacher and a study of the principles and parabolicrepresentations of Christian life and faith as revealed in the Gospels.
 
RG 202 Fundamentals of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs 3 hours
An introductory course exploring selected fundamental Christian doctrines as believed andtaught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The teachings follow the traditional dogmaticcategories: theology, Christology, pneumatology, anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology,and eschatology. The course explores these teachings from a Christ-centered perspectivefor individual spiritual formation using the Bible as the basis of authority.
 
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality 3 hours
An introductory course exploring a personal relationship with God and developing a meaningfulChristian witness. Emphasis is given to a strong devotional life not only on the personal butalso spirituality on corporate and social levels. Laboratory work is required.
 
RG 301 The Gift of Prophecy 3 hours
A course of study tracing prophetic ministry in the Bible, and especially in the experienceof Ellen G. White, while noting also its contributory role in the history and operation of theSeventh-day Adventist Church from the nineteenth century to the present.
 
RG 390 Ethics in the Professions (W) 3 hours
This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to professional responsibilitythrough a consideration of Christian professional ethics. A survey of moral theories provides afoundation for critical moral reflection on complex social problems as well as issues commonto the professions. The first part of the course is taught in a multidisciplinary setting, thenstudents are provided the opportunity to explore disciplinary applications and special topicsin a small group composed of their disciplinary fellows. The course culminates in a return tomultidisciplinary setting to work on a group case study in professional ethics. Prerequisite:junior standing or permission of the instructor.
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