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Course Descriptions

(written January AD 2018 - 31 courses)

I. SCRIPTURE

Old Testament I: A study of the Old Testament books of the Bible comprising the Torah or
Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Emphasis will be given to
biblical and theological meaning/interpretation. Special attention will focus on the use of modern
study materials, techniques, and interpretations while also acknowledging their limitations and the
contribution of traditional materials/methods.

Old Testament II: This course will consist of a study of the Historical Books of the Old Testament,
including Joshua, Judges, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
The historical books of the Old Testament cover the life of the Jewish people from the time they
entered the Promised Land under Joshua the son of Nun (ca. 1450s BC) to the time of Maccabees
(150 BC), which includes the time of the Judges, the Monarchy, the Fall of the Northern and
Southern Kingdoms, the Babylonian Captivity, and the restoration.

Old Testament III: The Major Prophets are the focus of Old Testament III; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,
and Daniel. This course will present a survey of the history and background of the major Prophets
as well as their message to various groups to which they prophesied. The continuity of the
Prophets and their message will be emphasized with their historical setting as presented in Old
Testament II.

Old Testament IV: Old Testament IV will be a study of the Minor Prophets (the Twelve) and the
Wisdom Literature which comprises the Writings or Kethuvim of the Hebrew Bible; including
Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. The discussion of each of these books
will include a survey of the main theological issues and various approaches for their interpretation.

New Testament I: A survey of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and an
introduction to the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention will be given to the interrelatedness of
the Synoptics as well as their individuality and the socio-political situation in which they were
written. The study of the Acts of the Apostles will focus on its genre as a history of the Apostolic
Church. Acts will also be revisited in NT III, when the Pauline corpus will be studied.

New Testament II: CThis course will concentrate on the Johannine literature, including the Gospel
of John and the three Epistles of John. The uniqueness of John’s theological perspectives will be
explored as well as how those perspectives informed the theology of the early Church as it was
forming, especially regarding Christology. The Epistles will also be examined considering their
relatedness to the Gospel and their contribution to theology.

New Testament III: The Pauline corpus will be the focus of New Testament III, with emphases on
the historical situation, intended audience, interpretation, theology, and dating of Paul’s Epistles.
The epistles studied will include Galatians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Corinthians, Romans,
Philippians, Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians. The Pastoral Epistles of Paul will be studied in
New Testament IV.

New Testament IV: New Testament IV will concentrate on the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Epistle
of James, I & II Peter, The Pastoral Epistles (I & II Timothy and Titus), Jude, and the Revelation of St.
John the Divine (The Apocalypse). Emphases will focus on literary genres, interpretation, and
theology of each work.

An Introduction to the Apocrypha: This course will focus on a survey of the books not normally
included in the Canon of Holy Scripture, called the Apocrypha or Deuterocanon, based upon their
history, significance, and literary genre. Apocryphal literature forms an important link between the
Old and New Testament. Books studied will include I & II Esdras, Tobit, Judith, The Additions to the
Book of Esther, The Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Letter of Jeremiah, The Prayer
of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of
Manasseh, and I & II Maccabees.

II. THEOLOGY

Dogmatic Theology I: An overview of Christian Theology; the beginnings of its development,
external factors which shaped the theology of the early Church, the development of the Creeds,
early Ecumenical Councils, and an emphasis upon the Doctrine of God and the Holy Trinity,
Christology, and Pneumatology.

Dogmatic Theology II: A continuation of the development of Christian Theology with an emphasis
on its development within Anglicanism. Topics included will cover Creation, Grace and Free Will,
Theodicy and the Existence of Evil, the Providence of God, and the Seven Sacraments.

Moral Theology: The study of the imperative of Christian conduct as founded in the moral code of
the Old Testament (The Decalogue) through the teachings of Our Lord in the New Testament
(Beatitudes) and as found in the witness of the Saints of the Christian Church. Equal emphasis will
be placed on the positive method, the scholastic method, and the casuistic method, with special
attention given to the Anglican tradition in moral theology and its application to hearing
confessions.

Pastoral Theology: Practical study in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling designed to enable
clergymen to address the pastoral needs/situations of individuals and congregations.

Patristics I & II: A two-semester study of the Early Church Fathers and their influence on the
development of Christian Doctrine.

III. CHURCH HISTORY

Church History I: The study of the founding of the Christian Church from its beginnings to the
period just before the Reformation; with an emphasis on the rise and growth of the Church in its
cultural, intellectual, and political context. Topics included for study are Jesus and the beginning of
the Church, the Sub-Apostolic Age, the Church and the Empire, Heresies and Schisms, the
development of the Church during the Third Century, Christological controversies to Chalcedon,
Transitions to the Middle Ages, the Eastern Church, Monasticism, and the Glory of the Thirteenth
Century Church.

Church History II: Church History II is a continuation from the point that Church History left off;
pre-Reformation to the Present, with an emphasis on the history of the Anglican Church; both in
England and in the American colonies. Topics include The Great Schism, the Renaissance and the
Christian Faith, the Continental Reformation, the English Reformation, the Counter Reformation,
the Enlightenment, the rise of Protestant Liberalism, the Oxford Movement, and Global Christianity
in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

IV. LITURGICS

Practical Liturgics: A study of the organization and celebration of Christian worship and the
Sacraments with special emphasis on the Anglican tradition. This course will also have a practicum
component in which students actually prepare and rehearse aspects of Christian worship.

Historical Liturgics: The history and development of the worship of the Christian Church
throughout the Ages with a special emphasis on the liturgical history of the Eucharist.

V. SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Spiritual Formation I: A course in the study of processes and practices by which the student may
progress in their spiritual/religious life with an emphasis on specific techniques of prayer,
meditation, spiritual disciplines and practices, and an examination of the spiritual lives of the
Saints. The goal is for students to develop within themselves Christ-like lives and to be further
formed in Christ’s image and likeness.

Spiritual Formation II: A continuance of Spiritual Formation I with special emphasis on English
Spirituality and the works of Anglican writers and theologians, including the works of Fr. Martin
Thornton.

VI. HOMILETICS

Homiletics: A study of the proficiency and art of writing homilies to preach in the Christian worship
setting. Students will become engaged with the biblical text(s) and will be taught both the
technicalities and ethos of preaching the Word of God. Students will be required to preach
homilies of their own composition several times during the semester.

VII. ECCLESIOLOGY, ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY, and CANON LAW

Ecclesiology: An in-depth study of the Church from Pentecost to the present with special reference
to the Church as the New Israel, as ecclesia, and as the Body of Christ; emphasis will be placed on
the organic rather than the organizational nature of the Church, including the mission, ministry,
Sacraments, and marks of the Church, and the place of Anglicanism within the Catholic continuum.

Ecclesiastical Polity: The government, organization, and Order of the Church with emphasis on the
Biblical basis for and the historical development of the three-fold Apostolic ministry within
Anglicanism, along with a comparative study of the government and ministry of major Christian
denominations.

Canon Law: The history and development of Canon Law from the primitive Church through the
Seven Ecumenical Councils in the Eastern and Western Churches to the present; including Anglican
and American modifications. Special emphasis will focus on the history and Canons of the Anglican
Province of Christ the King.

VIII. BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

New Testament Greek I & II: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to and make
them proficient in the reading and understanding of the koine Greek in which the early biblical
books were written. Mastery of the Greek alphabet and the reading of the Greek New Testament
are two of the main objectives of the course.

Ecclesiastical Latin I & II: These courses are offered so the student may become proficient in
reading and translating selections from the Latin Vulgate, the prayers of the Medieval Latin
Liturgies and the later writings of the Western (Latin) Church as its many aspects developed and
were translated from the Eastern or Greek-speaking Church.

IX. CHURCH MUSIC

Church Music I & II: These courses will be offered as an opportunity for students to immerse
themselves in the traditional music of the Anglican Church; using the 1940 hymnal and the classic
choral repertoire; including plainsong and Anglican Chant. Church music informs and enriches the
liturgy where time and eternity meet. The Chapel at St. Joseph’s lends itself to the practical aspects
of this course.