Course Descriptions

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

GOT 511, 512 HEBREW GRAMMAR 1, 2

An introductory course in the Hebrew of the Old Testament, including the study of word forms, sentence structure and basic vocabulary, with some readings in Judges during the second semester. (3 credit hours each semester)

GOT 615 HEBREW SYNTAX

A study of Hebrew sentence structure and grammar with an introduction to principles of exegesis. Selected passages from the Old Testament are studied. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: one year of beginning Hebrew or its equivalent.

GOT 616 HEBREW EXEGESIS

Advanced exegesis of the Hebrew text with attention given to mastery of the syntax, vocabulary, interpretive problems, and practical and homiletical uses. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Hebrew Syntax

GOT 701 ARAMAIC

An introduction to the Aramaic language and its relationship to the Hebrew alphabet, grammatical structure, terminology, and vocabulary. All Aramaic passages in the Old Testament will be translated. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Hebrew Syntax

GNT 503, 504 GREEK GRAMMAR 1, 2

An introductory course in New Testament Greek, including the study of word forms, sentence structure, and basic vocabulary, with some readings in the Johannine writings in the second semester. (2 credit hours each semester)

GNT 517 GREEK READING
A study of the Greek New Testament emphasizing extensive reading in selected passages throughout the New Testament. The reading and class discussions are designed to review Greek grammar and vocabulary and to introduce Greek syntax of conjunctions, prepositions, infinitives, and participles. Semantic analysis of Greek readings will also be taught using phrase diagramming. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: one year of beginning Greek or its equivalent.

GNT 518 EXEGETICAL GRAMMAR
A study of the Greek New Testament emphasizing grammatical analysis of selected passages throughout the New Testament. This will be accomplished through an exegetical approach to the syntax of the article, nouns, and verbs. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Greek Reading or its equivalent

GNT 519 EXEGETICAL METHOD
A thorough study of the exegetical method used to accurately interpret the text of the Greek New Testament. Emphasis will be placed on producing pedagogical and homiletical outlines that clearly communicate the accurate interpretation of the text. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: Exegetical Grammar or its equivalent

BIBLICAL STUDIES

GBS 510 INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

A study of the authorship, date, canonicity, and background of each book of the Bible, upholding conservative positions in areas of textual and literary criticism. (3 credit hours)

GBS 503 BIBLICAL STUDIES SEMINAR

A research seminar dealing with current theological and social trends, problem areas in theology and personal living, and application of previous study to areas of concern in fundamentalism. (2 credit hours)


OLD TESTAMENT

GOT 514 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

A study of the progressive development of special revelation in the Old Testament period, with an emphasis on the form and content of that revelation. (3 credit hours)

GOT 521 OLD TESTAMENT BACKGROUNDS

A study of the history and literature of the time from Moses to Malachi, with an emphasis on the social and political influences which affected the Jewish and Mid-East worlds and on other background information necessary for a complete understanding of the Old Testament. (3 credit hours)

GOT 525 HOLY LAND TOUR

Maranatha sponsors a tour of the Holy Land to acquaint the student with the actual geography of Israel. Advanced reading and post-trip writing add to the onsite lectures and the experience of being in Israel. (2 credit hours)

GOT 528 EXPOSITION OF PENTATEUCH

A survey of the content of the Pentateuch with an emphasis on the historical/cultural setting and its interpretational problems. The course will also introduce the student to the narrative genre and its interpretive requirements. (3 credit hours)

GOT 530 EXPOSITION OF THE MAJOR PROPHETS
A study of the structure and content of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, with special attention given to the Messianic prophecies. (3 credit hours)

GOT 532 EXPOSITION OF DANIEL

A study of the book of Daniel with an emphasis on its interpretation as prophetic literature. (2 credit hours)

GOT 535 EXPOSITION OF THE MINOR PROPHETS

A study of the structure and content of the Minor Prophets, with an emphasis on the prophetic themes of each book. The course will also introduce the student to the prophetic genre and its interpretive requirements. (3 credit hours)

GOT 540 EXPOSITION OF JOB

A study of the structure and contents of the book of Job with an emphasis on the issues of revelation and faith in the patriarchal period and the theological crisis caused by traumatic life events coupled with poor counsel. (3 hours credit)

GOT 541 EXPOSITION OF PSALMS

A study of the structure of the various types of Hebrew poetry, the contents of representative poetic sections of the Old Testament, and the impact of Hebrew poetry in the life of the believer today, with an emphasis on the book of Psalms. (3 credit hours)

GOT 543 PROVERBS

A study of Old Testament wisdom literature with a focus on the book of Proverbs by studying the book’s cultural, historical, and literary settings, examining its structure and purpose, and relating its prominent theme of wisdom to the whole of life. (2 credit hours)

GOT 711 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF 1 & 2 SAMUEL

An exegetical and biographical study of the books of Samuel, emphasizing the positive and the negative values of the characters involved. This course also includes instruction in the interpretation and preaching of Bible biography. (3 credit hours)

GOT 712 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF POETRY

A study of the structure of the various types of Hebrew poetry, the contents of representative poetic sections of the Old Testament, and the impact of Hebrew poetry in the life of the believer today. (3 credit hours)

GOT 720 MESSIANIC PROPHECY

An examination of the Messianic prophecies in light of the chronology of God’s progressive revelation. This course includes the exegesis of key Old Testament passages and the examination of the New Testament fulfillment of these prophecies. (3 credit hours)

GOT 780 OLD TESTAMENT SEMINAR

Old Testament topics of practical and theological significance are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course. (3 credit hours)

GOT 790 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION

An examination of the history of Old Testament criticism with special attention given to the authorship, date, and genuineness of each Old Testament book. This course is designed for the student planning to pursue doctoral education. (3 credit hours)

NEW TESTAMENT

GNT 515 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

A study of the progressive development of special revelation in the New Testament period, with an emphasis on the form and content of that revelation. (3 credit hours)

GNT 520 NEW TESTAMENT BACKGROUNDS

A study of the history and literature of the time from Malachi to the birth of Christ, with an emphasis on the social and political influences which affected the Roman and Jewish worlds and on other background information necessary for a complete understanding of the New Testament. (3 credit hours)

GNT 529 EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPELS

A biblical and theological study of the Gospels, emphasizing the themes, structures, and contents of these books, with a special emphasis on one of the Gospels. (3 credit hours)

GNT 530 EXPOSITION OF THE PASTORAL EPISTLES

An expository and exegetical study of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, with special attention given to the instructions Paul gave for the pastoral ministry. (3 credit hours)

GNT 532 EXPOSITION OF FIRST CORINTHIANS

An expository and exegetical study of Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, with special attention given to the solution of the problems within the church and the application of those solutions to the problems within today’s church. (3 credit hours) 

GNT 534 EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS

An expository and exegetical study of the book of Hebrews, with special attention given to both the warning passages and the new covenant sections. (3 credit hours)

GNT 540 EXPOSITION OF ACTS

An expository study of Acts, with special attention given to the beginning, growth, and spread of the church to the ends of the earth. (3 credit hours)

GNT 556 EXPOSITION OF REVELATION

An exposition of the book of Revelation. Attention is given both to matters of special introduction and to an analysis of the book. (3 credit hours)

GNT 632 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF THE GENERAL EPISTLES

Advanced exegesis of the Greek text of the General Epistles with attention given to mastery of the syntax, vocabulary, interpretive problems, and practical and homiletical value of each book. (3 credit hours)

GNT 642 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF PAUL’S EPISTLES

Advanced exegesis of the Greek text of Paul’s Epistles with attention given to mastery of the syntax, vocabulary, interpretive problems, and practical and homiletical value of each book. (3 credit hours)

GNT 737 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF ROMANS

A exegetical study of Romans, concentrating on both the background, interpretation, and theology of this important New Testament book. (3 credit hours)

GNT 742 EXEGESIS AND EXPOSITION OF PRISON EPISTLES

An exegetical study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, with emphasis on doctrinal themes together with application to Christian living. (3 credit hours)

GNT 780 NEW TESTAMENT SEMINAR

New Testament topics of practical and theological significance are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course. (3 credit hours)

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

GST 510 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY PROLEGOMENA

An introduction to the discipline of Systematic Theology. (1 credit hour)

GST 520 DISPENSATIONALISM AND DISPENSATIONAL HERMENEUTICS

A study of the dispensations and covenants, the relationship between law and grace, and dispensationalism as a hermeneutical method. The course includes a study of the history, theory, and practical use of grammatical-historical interpretation. (3 credit hours)

GST 530 APOLOGETICS AND WORLDVIEWS

A study of the defense and validity of the Christian theistic world view, including its biblical base, and an evaluation of and appropriate responses to major arguments set forth by opponents to Christianity. (3 credit hours)

GST 600 THEOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

An analysis of the various theological systems in America, beginning with early Puritanism and continuing through to the current era, with a special emphasis on current theological trends. (3 credit hours)

GST 611 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 1

A systematic study of the doctrines of Bibliology and Theology Proper in the Old and New Testaments. (2 credit hours)

GST 612 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 2

A systematic study of the doctrines of Christology and Pneumatology in the Old and New Testaments. (3 credit hours)

GST 613 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 3

A systematic study of the doctrines of Anthropology, Hamartiology and Soteriology in the Old and New Testaments. (3 credit hours)

GST 614 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 4

A systematic study of the doctrines of Eschatology, Angelology and Ecclesiology in the Old and New Testaments. (3 credit hours)

GST 620 CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY

An analysis of various current issues in theology with an emphasis on those theological trends which most affect Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. (3 credit hours)

GST 710 THEOLOGY OF THE KINGDOM

A biblical theology of the kingdom, with special emphasis on the role which kingdom theology plays in Progressive Dispensationalism and in more traditional dispensational thought. (3 credit hours)

GST 720 REFORMATION THEOLOGY

A study of the theological positions of the major segments of the Reformation, along with an examination of their arguments and antagonists. (3 credit hours)

GST 721 HISTORY OF BAPTIST THEOLOGY

A study of the origin, theological development, and historical traditions of the Anabaptists and English and American Baptists as the setting for an outline of the historical basis for the Baptist distinctives and other major contributions to theology, including a survey of major Baptist theologians and traditional theological statements. (3 credit hours)

GST 780 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN THEOLOGY

Current theological topics are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course. (3 credit hours)

 

HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

GHI 515 AMERICAN FUNDAMENTALISM AND EVANGELICALISM

A study of the history of fundamentalism, with special attention given to its reactions to modernism, neo-orthodoxy, and new evangelicalism. The course is designed to give the student a base for examining new movements in the light of scriptural truth. (3 credit hours)

GHI 548 HISTORY OF BAPTIST MISSIONS

A survey of the history of the geographical expansion of Christianity. The course will focus on the last two centuries of Protestant missions, with special attention given to Baptist missionaries and mission agencies. (3 credit hours)

GHI 608 BAPTIST HISTORY

A survey of New Testament Christianity from the time of the Apostles to the present. This includes the development of New Testament forms of Christianity with a special treatment of the Anabaptist and the modern Baptist movements. (3 credit hours)

GHI 628 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

A study of the history of Christendom from the second century to the present. This includes the Roman Catholic movement and its various institutions and Protestantism from the Reformation to the present, including its various manifestations. (3 credit hours)

GHI 721 HISTORY OF BAPTIST THEOLOGY

A study of the origin, theological development, and historical traditions of the Anabaptists and English and American Baptists as the setting for an outline of the historical basis for the Baptist distinctives and other major contributions to theology, including a survey of major Baptist theologians and traditional theological statements. (2 credit hours)

GHI 780 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HISTORY

Current topics relative to the study of church history and especially Baptist history are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course. (3 credit hours)

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

GPA 511 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

A careful consideration of management styles and theories with special application to pastoral administration of the people, programs and policies of the local church. Church calendar management, church litigation issues, and matters of pastoral delegation will be analyzed and discussed. (2 credit hours)

GPA 521 INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING

An introductory study of the preaching, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of expository, topical, and textual preaching. This course includes instruction on the process for the preacher to move from the text to the sermon. Students who have had an adequate undergraduate homiletics class may request that this course be waived. (2 credit hours)

GPA 522 EXPOSITORY PREACHING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

A practical study of the relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics and the various ways to preach from the Old Testament, with a focus on expository preaching. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: GPA 521 Introduction to Preaching or its equivalent

GPA 523 EXPOSITORY PREACHING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

A practical study of the relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics and the various ways to preach from the New Testament, with a focus on expository preaching. (2 credit hours) Prerequisite: GPA 521 Introduction to Preaching or its equivalent

GPA 531 CHURCH PLANTING

An introduction to the ministry of church planting with an emphasis on equipping students with the principles and strategies needed for starting and developing Gospel-centered churches and the development of a biblical vision for a new ministry. (2 credit hours)

GPA 610 BUILDING A DISCIPLE-MAKING MINISTRY

An examination of the process of disciple making in the local church ministry.  Special focus will be given to the development of a philosophy of discipleship involving both pastor and people.  Both the process and the product of disciple making will be considered from a biblical and practical perspective.  Innovative ideas for discipleship ministries from early childhood to late adulthood will be considered. (2 credit hours)

GPA612 PASTORAL ETHICS

The ministry and the minister considered as a profession.  Special emphasis will be given to pastoral conduct related to the pastor’s personal life, moral choices, associations, and practices as they apply to colleagues, community and congregation. (2 credit hours)

GPA614 BAPTIST POLITY

A study of the function of a Baptist church from a Biblical and historical perspective, with special attention given to current trends in Baptist polity. (2 credit hours)

GPA615 THEOLOGY OF PRAYER AND WORSHIP

An examination of the biblical teaching on prayer and worship for the New Testament church, with application to the current state of the church. (2 credit hours)

GPA 618 BUILDING A CHURCH MISSIONS PROGRAM

An introduction to developing a church missions policy with attention given to the contemporary issues of missions, the funding of missions, and the church’s involvement with the missionaries it supports and their mission boards. The ethical issues concerning the dismissal of a missionary will be examined. (2 credit hours)

GPA650 ADVANCED BIO-ETHICS

The purpose of this course is to examine a subsection of ethics that focuses on issues involving medical care and biotechnology from a biblical absolutist perspective (normative ethics). Areas of discussion include reproduction and birth, death, genetics, healthcare, and the role of the physician. The ethical issues that accompany these areas are significant and require careful examination. As a result terms such as person, life and death, fairness, consciousness, and dignity will be discussed from both contemporary and biblical perspectives (metaethics). (2 credit hours)

GPA715 THEOLOGY OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

An examination of the biblical teaching concerning leadership, with an application of that theology to the local church, the mission field and other areas of spiritual leadership. (2 credit hours)

GPA720 LOCAL CHURCH AND THE LAW

A survey of the complex legal and organizational issues confronting churches in modern America. Students will develop an understanding of the role and relationship of the church in American law and a practical understanding of risk management, financial administration, and employment law that attend the pastor’s role as CEO of the local church organization. (2 credit hours)

GPA721 THE PASTOR AND THE LAW

A survey of the complex legal and organizational issues confronting pastors and other church leaders in modern America. Students will develop an understanding of the role and relationship of the pastor in American law and a practical understanding of risk management, financial administration, and employment law that attend the pastor’s role as CEO of the local church organization. (2 credit hours)

GPA780 SEMINAR IN PREACHING

Current topics in homiletics are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course. (2 credit hours)

BIBLICAL COUNSELING

GBC 501 THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF PASTORAL COUNSELING

An introduction to the role of the pastor in church counseling. The course includes basic instruction in grief counseling, marriage and family counseling, financial counseling, and other areas of counseling common to the pastorate. (3 credit hours)

GBC 503 METHODS OF BIBLICAL CHANGE

This course provides a survey of foundational counseling principles, a study of the doctrine of sanctification, and an overview of the counseling process including a comprehensive methodological model for promoting biblical change in people. The goal of this course is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures in the process of helping people grow into Christlikeness. (2 credit hours)

GBC 513 COUNSELING PROBLEMS AND PROCEDURES

This course applies counseling principles in general areas of concern such as depression, worry, fear, conflict, stress, assurance, God’s will, dedication, and others. The class will include advanced procedures for gathering data, homework generation, application of biblical counsel, and assessment. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or its equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 535 CRISIS COUNSELING

An in-depth analysis of counseling for crisis situations including suicide, sudden death, loss, grief, trauma, divorce, and transitions in life. Special attention will be given to the dynamics of a crisis, biblical principles regarding a crisis, and the process for crisis intervention. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 537 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING

Issues surrounding pre-marital and post-marital counseling will be addressed from a biblical perspective. Issues will include finances, parenting, in-laws, sexual difficulties, conflict, and communication. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 540 COUNSELING ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR

A survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. Students will participate in the evaluation of various causal and treatment models, focusing upon biblical paradigms for spiritual restoration. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 550 PROVERBS AND COUNSELING

A study of Old Testament wisdom literature, particularly Proverbs, with the goal of improving the student’s ability to apply its truths to the lives of people through the ministry of biblical counseling. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 580 BIBLICAL COUNSELING SEMINAR

An examination of a variety of the issues that Counseling students will face in ministry. This seminar usually takes place for one week off campus. The Seminary does not charge tuition for this class, but there is a $25 recording fee. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent. (2 credit hours)

GBC 582 BIBLICAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM

An approved, practical project done in the last semester of the student’s residence, designed around the career choice of the student. This is implemented under the supervision of an experienced veteran in the field. (2 credit hours)

CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES

GCC 501 THEOLOGICAL ISSUES IN MISSIONS

An analysis of the theological issues facing missionaries, together with an analysis of biblical solutions. Special consideration will be given to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a pluralistic world, the eternal destiny of the heathen, biblical absolutism and cultural. (3 credit hours)

GCC 504 CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING

A survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of church planting models and strategies around the world with emphasis on user-friendly multiplication strategies for the national church. (2 credit hours)

GCC 506 CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another, focusing on the difference of perceptions, ways of thinking, value systems and non-verbal communication for the purpose of gospel clarification. (3 credit hours)

GCC 509 LINGUISTICS

An introduction to the study of language acquisition – how individuals learn a language. It includes topics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. (3 credit hours)

GCC 510 ADVANCED LINGUISTICS

An advanced study of language acquisition – how individuals learn a language. It includes topics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. (2 credit hours)

GCC 531 THEOLOGY OF URBAN MINISTRY

This course examines a theology of the city and develops an apologetic for urban ministries. It also studies world demographics to help understand the impact of the city on the world’s population. This course is taken while on a four-month internship in an urban ministry. (3 credit hours)
GCC 532 THE CHRISTIAN AND THE CITY

This course examines the history of the city and extrapolates the future of the city. It also explains how a Christian can evangelize the large city. This course is taken while on a fourmonth internship in an urban ministry. (3 credit hours)

GCC 533 DISCIPLESHIP IN THE CITY

This course discusses the approaches to discipling urban citizens. It also examines the networking and support necessary for a successful urban ministry. This course is taken while on a four-month internship in an urban ministry. (2 credit hours)

GCC 571 URBAN INTERNSHIP

An approved, practical project done in the student’s last year of study, implemented under the supervision of an urban church planter. (2 credit hours)

GCC 610 CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP

An approved, practical project done in the student’s last year of study, implemented under the supervision of a veteran missionary. (2 credit hours)

CHURCH MUSIC

GCM 501 BASIC MUSIC LITERATURE

An introductory review of the significant people, works, and music styles throughout music history, with special attention given to their impact on church music. This course may be waived through a placement examination. (3 credit hours)

GCM 502 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS

An introduction to the basics of music analysis, including intervals, chords, and formal structures. This course may be waived through a placement examination. (3 credit hours)

GCM 510 PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC

An examination of the theological and philosophical foundation of music, including a discussion of current trends in music in general and church music in particular. (3 credit hours)

GCM 511 HISTORY OF SACRED MUSIC

A study of the history of sacred music from biblical times to the present. (3 credit hours)

GCM 512 ANALYSIS

A thorough examination of the theoretical aspects of music, with a focus on the interpretation of sacred works. (3 credit hours)

GCM 513 MUSIC RESOURCES AND LITERATURE

An introduction to modern publishers and composers and the establishment of an annotated list for future use. (2 credit hours)

GCM 514 CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

A study of the philosophy of children’s ministries with special attention given to vocal techniques for children and age-appropriate literature studies. (2 credit hours)

GCM 520 HYMNOLOGY AND SONGLEADING

An examination of the history and structure of hymns and their place in the worship service. This course is a one-week on-campus module. (3 credit hours)

GCM 521 CHORAL CONDUCTING 1

A practical course dealing with rehearsal methods, conducting techniques, and choral diction. This course is a one-week on-campus module. (2 credit hours)

GCM 522 CHORAL CONDUCTING 2

A hands-on course dealing with advanced rehearsal methods, conducting techniques, and vocal techniques. This course is a one-week on-campus module. Prerequisite: GCM 521 Choral Conducting. (2 credit hours)

GCM 530, 531 APPLIED LESSONS

Advanced lessons in an instrument of choice or in voice with a Maranatha professor in person or online, or at another recognized institution, or by another recognized instructor. (1 credit hour each)