Ballooning over Capadokia. 2013 Study-Tour to Turkey. Photograph by Mark Ziese
It is difficult to appreciate that which is distant unless one first appreciates that which is near. Work inside the classroom is essential. Language, geography, history, art, science, and literature must be pursued with the same rigor with which we pursue theology. If the Great Quest is reduced to an "either-or" enterprise, we devalue the complexity of both the Creator and the Created.
This portion of the website provides primary assistance to traditional learners. Classes listed below are among the current offerings at Johnson University (Florida) as well as the Consortium for Christian Online Education (Hope University, Fullerton, CA). Non-traditional learners may peruse and use this information as well, although only a partial range of materials will be made available. For more information on course offerings and registration information, follow these links to Johnson University and the Consortium for Christian Online Education.
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This course introduces learners to the Torah (or Pentateuch) of the OT (Genesis-Deuteronomy). Focus is given to literary strategies, historical contexts, and theological messages. A distinctively Christian application of these texts is considered.
Bible lands and lifeways
The Consortium for Christian Online Education
The purpose of this course is to introduce the natural environment of the biblical world (lands) and to explore human strategies of interaction with that environment (lifeways). Literary, geographical, and anthropological tools are mustered to describe discrete regions and to infer lifeway patterns.
Go to HIS 28881 →
Learners explore the Psalms as a rich theological, pastoral, and liturgical resource. Attention is given to the form and function of the Psalms within their historical setting. Learners are also urged to reflect upon the place of the Psalms in the contemporary life of the People of God.
Go to BIBL 3102 →
This course refines skills in analyzing, translating and interpreting Hebrew texts. Focus is given to weak verbs, the syntactic structure of prose narrative, and lexical tools. Learners read the book of Jonah as a first exposure to the Hebrew Bible.
Go to HEBR 3200 →
Learners continue to develop skills in interpreting prose narrative. A inductive approach to the book of Ruth is used to facilitate this, as attention is given to vocabulary building and recognizing syntactic structures.
Go to HEBR 3210 →
This course considers biblical expressions of wisdom, focusing on the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. Attention is given to defining wisdom and wisdom literature, noting how the idea is used by biblical authors, and contemplating how it is like/unlike the wisdom literature of Israel's neighbors.
This course introduces learners to a portion of the biblical canon remembered as "the Histories" (Joshua-Esther). Focus is given to literary strategies, historical contexts, and theological messages. A distinctively Christian application of these texts is considered.
This course introduces learners to the person, literature, and legacy of Solomon, son of David. Solomon’s wisdom is profound according to the Biblical text; yet he receives mixed reviews. The literature associated with Solomon is also perplexing. In this course, the Song of Songs, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes receive critical attention.
Go to BIBL 3106 →
Learners are introduced to the elements of Hebrew, including structures, verb patterns and vocabulary. Through this course and its follow-on, HEBR 2200, learners learn to recognize graphemes, pronounce syllables, recognize the forms and meanings of the strong verb, and translate simple grammatical structures.
Go to HEBR 2100 →
This course develops ideas introduced in Hebrew 1, with focus on verbal forms. Learners continue to be exposed to language basics through dialogues and drills. Ultimately the course aims to build fundamental skills in reading, translating, and interpreting texts.
Go to HEBR 2200 →