Monday, January 11, 2016

New Biblical Studies Courses Added to Divinity Curriculum

The Board of Trustees has approved the addition of six new courses in Biblical Studies to the Divinity Degree program at Greenville Seminary.

The new Pentateuch course (OT11 - 2 hrs.) taught by Dr. Michael Morales, will be offered first during the upcoming Spring 2016 semester. The other new Biblical Studies courses will be offered beginning with the Fall 2016 semester and thereafter.

Course Title
No.
Instructor
Credits
Year
Pentateuch
OT11
Dr. Michael Morales
2 hrs.
1
History and Poets
OT14
Dr. Benjamin Shaw
3 hrs.
1
Prophets
OT24
Dr. Michael Morales
3 hrs.
2
Gospels and Acts
NT24
Dr. Sidney Dyer
2 hrs.
2
Pauline Epistles
NT33
Adjunct Professor
2 hrs.
3
General Epistles – Revelation
NT34
Adjunct Professor
2 hrs.
3


The current Old Testament Introduction and New Testament Introduction courses have been dropped from the Biblical Studies curriculum. The current Beginning Greek I and II courses have been combined into a single 3-hour course, Beginning Greek (NT12), taught by Dr. Dyer.

In the Applied Theology Department, the current Christian Education and Evangelism and the Missions courses have been realigned. The new plan creates a separate Christian Education course and combines Evangelism and Missions into a single course. Both will again be taught by Dr. Tony Curto.

The Foundations Year course on History of Philosophy has been dropped. Also eliminated are the Introduction to Islam course and the entire Master of Arts in Apologetics and Islam degree program, due to lack of enrollment interest and availability of the former instructor for the Islam courses. 

The M.A. in Religion program still includes optional specializations in Biblical Languages, Church History, Apologetics, and Systematic Theology. With the elimination of the OT and NT Introduction courses, the M.A. program has been reduced from 16 to 14 courses of study.

The realignment of the Christian Education & Evangelism and Missions courses also effects the Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and M.M. for Deacons programs, adding one more course to the curricula.

All of the changes are reflected in the new 2016-2019 Academic Catalog currently under production and review.