Course Descriptions

 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES
BIBL211 (3)
Elementary Greek I
Elements of grammar of the koine Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, translation, and reading. Weekly lab required. Fall

BIBL212 (3)
Elementary Greek II
Instruction in intermediate grammar and reading of selected portions of the New Testament. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: BIBL211. Spring

BIBL311 (2)
Intermediate Greek I
Syntax of the koine Greek New Testament including practical application. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite BIBL212. Fall

BIBL312 (2)
Intermediate Greek II
Application of the principles of the koine Greek grammar and syntax to the exegesis of selected passages from the Greek New Testament. Emphasis placed upon practical and scholarly application of the text. Prerequisites: BIBL311 and RELB115. Spring

BIBL221 (2)
Elementary Latin
Introduction to Latin grammar and syntax. Emphasis on biblical and ecclesiological vocabulary and reading and translation of simple texts from Vulgate and church history. Fall

BIBL222 (2)
Intermediate Latin
Instruction in intermediate Latin grammar and syntax and reading and translation of selected texts from Vulgate and church history. Prerequisite: BIBL221. Spring

BIBL321 (2)
Hebrew I
Fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew including a practical vocabulary, an understanding of the grammatical structure of the language, and practice in translation. Provides ministers with a practical study tool. Weekly lab required. Fall

BIBL322 (2)
Hebrew II
Development of reading ability in narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: BIBL321. Spring

BIBL427 (2)
Hebrew Exegesis
Application of the principles of Hebrew lexicography, grammar, syntax and style to the exegesis of selected passages of the Hebrew Old Testament. Emphasis placed upon practical and scholarly application of the text. Prerequisites: BIBL322, RELB115. Fall

BIBL495 (1-3)
Independent Study
Provides opportunity for further and independent investigation of the history, development, and exegesis of the biblical text. Fall, Spring, Summer

BIBLICAL STUDIES
RELB111 (3)
Introduction to the Old Testament
An introduction to the writings and theology of the Old Testament within their near eastern cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds. Fall

RELB112 (3)
Introduction to the New Testament
An introduction to the writings and theology of the New Testament within their Jewish and Greco-Roman cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds. Spring

RELB115 (3)
Hermeneutics
An introduction to the presuppositions beneath various interpretive approaches to the biblical text and application of the principles of interpretation to texts representing the various genres of the Old and New Testaments. Fall

RELB210 (3)
Jesus in His Time and Ours
Details the mission, the message and the meaning of Jesus Christ for His day and for ours. What is it about the Christian story that captured the attention of so much of world history? Also examines the connection between Christ’s first Advent and His second. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELB214 (3)
Law and Writings of the Old Testament
An introduction to The Pentateuch and the Writings (historical books, Psalms, and Wisdom literature). Fall

RELB230 (3)
Biblical Prayers
Readings of biblical prayers as part of divine-human dialogue, assessing their significance for theology as well as for personal spiritual life. A study of the way prayers help to characterize both God and human beings in various types of biblical literature, and reflections of the role of prayer in the life of believers today.

RELB235 (3)
Apocalyptic and Biblical Prophecy
A study of the meaning for the 21st century of biblical apocalyptic prophecy, describing the principles of reading and applying biblical prophecy in a modern world, comparing it with other modes of prophecy and prediction in the present culture, and assessing its relevance in view of modern global challenges. Does not count toward a Religion and Theology major.

RELB335 (3)
Acts and Epistles
Brief introduction to principles of New Testament interpretation; a study of Acts, the Pauline Epistles, Hebrews, and the General Epistles. Research paper may be required. Spring

RELB406 (3)
Studies in Daniel and Revelation
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols. Fall

RELB476 (3)
Prophets of Israel
Includes the history of prophecy, the pre-writing prophetic figures, and the books of the writing prophets. Research paper may be required. Spring

GENERAL RELIGION
RELG160 (1-3)
Topics in Religion
Designed to add flexibility to the department offerings and to meet diverse student needs. Repeatable as topics vary. Consult the class schedule for the current topic. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELG225 (3)
Introduction to Missions
An undergraduate religion course which explores the theology and practice of missions. The objective of the course is to under¬stand God's mission in our world and to experience personal involvement in that mission. A long-term goal of the course is to create an experience through which God can inspire students to a lifetime of service and missions. The class experience includes intensive short-term missions exposure by means of a class tour. Note: Student missionaries are required to take a different missions course: RELP325 Preparation for Mission Service.

RELG248 (1-3)
Workshop
Provides flexibility for the occasional workshop where it is appropriate to offer religion credit. Workshop requirements must be approved by the department. Fall, Spring

RELG360 S (1-3)
Topics in Religion
Designed to add flexibility to the department offerings and to meet diverse student needs. Repeatable as topics vary. Consult the class schedule for the current topic. This course qualifies for a deferred grade when it requires research. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELG368 $ (3–6)
Guided Study Tour to Bible Lands:
Travel to the selected places of historical and archaeological interest in the Bible lands combined with lectures and directed reading. The geographic area is designated at the time a study tour is announced. A maximum of 6 credits may be used to fulfill the Religion GE requirement. Religion and Theology majors may apply up to 6 elective credits through this tour toward their major if preapproved by department. Fee may be required.

RELG378 $ (0)
Study Tour:
Travel to destinations relevant to individual programs of study. Classes will be selected from department(s) offerings. Fee may be required.

RELG380-50 (1-3)
Honors in Religion (topic specified)
Readings and seminar observations on various topics. Area of study announced in advance. Repeatable as topics vary. Fall, Spring

RELG496 (1-3)
Special Projects in Religion
By special permission of the Department of Religion and Biblical Languages. Fall, Spring, Summer

CHURCH HISTORY
RELH316 (3)
History of the Christian Church I
Surveys the internal and external developments and conflicts which Christianity has experienced in time and space from the time of Christ up to the Reformation. Special attention given to those developments that relate to Seventh-day Adventist theological heritage. Aims to enable the student to develop a broader historical perspective through which to see the outworking of the great controversy through the centuries, especially as it relates to issues the church faces today. Prerequisite: HIST117 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion nor a major or minor in religion. Fall

RELH317 (3)
History of the Christian Church II
Surveys the history of the church from the Protestant Reformation to current time. Special attention is given to the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic counter-reformation, Puritanism, Rationalism, Evangelicalism, the rise of modern denominations, the world-wide mission expansion, and ecumenism. Prerequisite: HIST118 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion. Spring

RELH400 (3)
SDA History and Prophetic Heritage
An investigation of the background, rise, and development of the Seventh-day Adventist church in America and the world from its beginning until the present with special attention given to the historical role, ministry and writings of Ellen White. Summer

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
RELP200 (0)
Pastoral Practicum
A weekly seminar giving instruction in the many aspects of ministering in churches. Includes assignment to one of the area churches. Required of all theology/religion majors. Students must register for this class each semester in residence. Fall, Spring

RELP235 (2)
Christianity in a World Context
An introduction to the status and role of Christianity and mission worldwide. Includes a brief history of Christian mission, current facts about mission needs, Christian and mission relationships to world religions, political ideologies, national development, and non-Western cultures. Fall

RELP240 (0-3)
Christian Witnessing/Public Evangelism Seminar
Acquaintance with the dynamics of Christian witnessing in the neighborhood, at work, and in the friend-to-friend approach of personal Bible study. Christ's example of witnessing is highlighted. Includes participation in the departmental summer field school. Spring, Summer

RELP325 (2)
Preparation for Mission Service
An orientation to the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful mission service. This class is the required prepara¬tion for student missionaries and fulfills 2 credits of the General Education religion requirement. Fall, Spring

RELP330 (2)
Homiletics Introduction to Preaching
This class is the prerequisite for all other homiletics courses and is a requirement for all religion/theology majors. Weekly lab required. Fall

RELP336 (1)
Homiletics—Expository Preaching
Addresses the crucial nature of expository preaching, stressing proper principles of interpreting and applying the text to practical life. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Spring

RELP337 (1)
Homiletics—Contextualized Preaching 
Explores the dynamics of effective preaching to a particular cultural group with an emphasis on the distinctive homileti¬cal, rhetorical and cultural qualities required for the effective proclamation of the Gospel to each group. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Fall

RELP338 (1)
Homiletics—Evangelistic and Special Events Preaching
Addresses the needs of special preaching events such as evange¬listic crusades, weddings, funerals, and dedications. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Spring

RELP335 (3)
Foundations of Youth Ministry
Designed for the youth specialist who wishes to work as a youth pastor, youth director, academy Bible teacher, or in any other youth-training capacity. Fall

RELP340 (2)
Strategies for Service
Creates the vision that all Christians can serve in mission. Shows how to witness in cross-cultural situations and introduces students to ways they can do mission in any occupation. Alternate forms of mission like tent-maker ministries, non-resident missionaries, urban ministry, and work with refugees and foreign students are addressed. Spring

RELP400 S (3)
Senior Seminar: Health Professions
A capstone seminar for health profession majors which addresses theoretical and practical spiritual issues pertaining to those working in the health professions. Fall

RELP441 (2-3)
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
A study of the principles of leadership as applied to pastoral ministry, in particular with regard to the minister as leader of worship, as nurturing pastor, as administrator of the church and as evangelist. Theology majors enroll for 3 credits and Religion majors for 2 credits. Fall

RELP482 (1)
Ministerial Candidacy Seminar
Intended to help ministerial students explore practical issues in connection with their call to pastoral ministry. It also aids in the preparation of the ministerial candidacy portfolio required of the students taking this class. Open only to Theology majors during their senior year. Fall
THEOLOGY

RELT100 (3)
God and Human Life
How God confronts human beings—includes the process of revelation, principles of interpreting Scripture and similarly inspired material, the nature of God and His expectations for humans, and the evaluation of these concepts as presented in Scripture and the classic literature of various religions. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELT207 (3)
Issues in the Great Controversy
Study of the controversy between Christ and Satan with particular emphasis on their characters and kingdoms, the attack against law, the implications of the sacrifice of Christ, the relationship of these issues to human lives today, and the completion of God’s mission for sinners. Credit not applicable toward the theology concentration.

RELT216 (2)
Workshop in Prayer
Study of faith, private prayer, family worship, conducting prayer groups, public prayer, and prayer as a ministry. Not applicable toward the theology concentration or major in religion. Fall, Spring

RELT225 (3)
Doctrines of the Adventist Faith
Defines and clarifies the Biblical doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, distinguishing them within the background of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Student can earn general educa¬tion credit in either RELT225 or 226, but not in both. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELT250 (3)
Personal Spirituality and Faith
A study of the Biblical perspective on the act of faith and the life of faith. How does a person begin and nurture one’s own personal spiritual and devotional life? Also studies the meaning of spiritual nurture in various lifestyle and work settings. Personal spiritual growth is fostered through involvement in organized church activities and/or witnessing outreach. Prerequisite: RELT100. Fall, Spring

RELT308 (2-3)
Gift of Prophecy
Study of the prophetic manifestation in Bible and church to include the ministry and writings of Ellen G. White. Research paper may be required. Theology and Religion majors enroll for 2 credits. Fall

RELT325 (3)
Theology I
A continuation of RELT100. Study of nature, sources, and methods of theology; the doctrines of God and his works (the Trinity, creation, providence, law, and Sabbath), Christ, the Holy Spirit, and human beings. Research paper may be required. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT225 or 325, but not in both. Prerequisite: RELT100. Fall

RELT326 (3)
Theology II
Study of the doctrines of Christ and salvation (nature and works of atonement), the church (characteristics, ministry, and mission), sanctuary and Christ's heavenly ministry, and eschatology from a distinct Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Research paper may be required. Prerequisite: RELT325. Spring

RELT340 (3)
Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
Considers how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Are there universal absolutes that cross all cultural boundaries, or are all values relative? Designed to help students articulate what molded their value system and what should help to shape it. Students are expected to participate in some organized church/civic/social service activities. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT340 or 390, but not in both. Fall, Spring

RELT348 S (3)
Christians and the Environment
A religious, philosophical, and activist approach to environmental issues, analyzing ideological causes of environmental degradation, and offering philosophical and theological perspectives which inform and sensitize the student to the Christian’s environmental responsibility. Qualifies as an “S” course for General Education Service Learning. Contains a service component. Spring

RELT390 (3)
Christian Business Ethics
Designed for the student to examine differing ethical models and to develop a personal model that will serve as the basis on which a Seventh-day Adventist Christian will make personal value decisions. The developed model is used in examining actual ethical issues which confront people in daily affairs of business life. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT340 or 390, but not in both. Prerequisite: RELT100. (Open only to upper division BBA students). Spring

 

Andrews University offers distance learning degrees for a BA in Religion and an AA in Personal Ministries. Below are the classes that are offered through Griggs University (distance learning):

GREK 201 Elementary Greek I (4)
This study of the elements of the language of the New Testament is structured around a good working vocabulary and carefully selected readings.

GREK 202 Elementary Greek II (4)
Prerequisite: GREK 201 or equivalent
A continuing study of the elements of the language of the New Testament in the context of a good working vocabulary and carefully selected readings.

GREK 311 Intermediate Greek I (3)
Prerequisite: GREK 202 or equivalent
The aim of this intermediate course in Greek is to provide a fair working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language.

GREK 312 Intermediate Greek II (3)
Prerequisite: GREK 311 or equivalent
This course continues to refine the student’s working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language.

RELB 105 Encountering the Bible: A Survey (3)
A book-by-book survey of both the Old and New Testaments designed to provide a foundation for other religion courses for those students who have not had secondary Bible.

RELB 160 Jesus and the Gospels (3)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 105, or equivalent
A comprehensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus as unfolded in the four gospels with analytical attention to the gospel writers and their writing in an attempt to reveal the impact of His Self-revelation on that age and ours.

RELB 250 Introduction to the Bible (3)
A survey of both Old and New Testaments designed to provide a foundation for other religion courses.

RELB 307 Exile and Return: Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
The narratives, sacred history and revealed religion of Israel are explored. A review of the Old Testament’s uniqueness in providing an answer to man’s inquiry into the past and its application to the contemporary world.

RELB 310 Hebrew Prophets (3)
A study of the prophetic tradition as a creative force in Old Testament times with specific investigation of individual prophets from the viewpoint of their major concepts and teachings. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the prophets for today.

RELB 330 Old Testament Prophets, Early (3)
Suggested background: Minimum of six semester hours in college Bible or equivalent.
A study of the writings of the early Old Testament prophets arranged in chronological order.

RELB 332 Old Testament Prophets, Later (3)
Suggested background: Minimum of six semester hours in college Bible or equivalent
A study of the writings of the later Old Testament prophets arranged in chronological order.

RELB 345 Worship and Witness: Introduction to the New Testament (3)
Available as individualized study for GU degree-seeking students only.
A study of the nature, history, and background of the New Testament with special emphasis on its teachings and theology in its application to issues and questions of contemporary man.

RELB 420 Jewish Apocalyptic Writings: Daniel (3)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 105, or equivalent
This course is a critical and exegetical study of the book of Daniel. While the material is based on up-to-date Adventist scholarship, many quotations from other sources will be used to let the student participate in the ongoing search for a deeper understanding of the prophecies of Daniel. By an immersion in the text of Daniel, students will discover its meaning and
relevance for today. A paper is required.

RELB 425 Christian Apocalyptic Writings: Revelation (3)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 105, or equivalent
A study of the last book of the Bible and the most important prophecies in the New Testament. Particular study is given to those prophecies that focus on the return of Christ. A paper is required.

RELB 491 Seminar in Contemporary Theology (3)
Available as individualized study for GU degree-seeking students only.
An analytical study of subjects and topics current in theological circles today.

RELB 499 Senior Project (Noncredit)
Students planning to receive a bachelor’s degree in religion or theological studies must complete a paper or project. Please contact the registrar for more information. Students may not enroll for RELB 499 without the
permission of the GU registrar.

RELT 100 God and Human Life (3)
How God confronts human beings—includes the process of Revelation, principles of interpreting Scripture and similarly inspired material, the nature of God and His expectations for humans, and the evaluation of these concepts as presented in Scripture and classic literature of
various religions.

RELT 235 Principles of Bible Instruction (3)
Designed for those who wish to become effective lay or professional Bible instructors on the level of the local church and community. Various methods, teaching styles, and approaches are discussed. Students are required to design a full-message series of Bible studies.

RELT 250 Principles of Christian Faith (3)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 105, or equivalent An intensive topical study of the Bible truths that form the foundation and structure of Christian belief as understood by Seventh day Adventists.

RELT 255 Church Leadership and Management (3)
What constitutes good church administration is what this course is all about—combining pastoral leadership with church management. This course addresses the four-dimensional role of the pastor—person, administrator, church leader, and priest.

RELT 270 Adventist Heritage and Mission (3)
An investigation of Seventh-day Adventist church history with a preliminary review of backgrounds and foundations of the Advent message from apostolic times. Concentration on the church’s beginnings in
America, the 1844 experience, history, organization, and development of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in America and in the world with special attention being given to the writings of the prophets, particularly
Ellen G. White. Cross-listed as HIST 404.

RELT 280 Moral Issues in World Religions (3)
A general study of major world religions and contemporary expressions of faith. Special emphasis will be given to examining the various ways in which different religions react to moral dilemmas and how they implement
their beliefs in a variety of worship styles and ethical lifestyles.

RELT 290 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (3)
The fundamental thesis of this introductory course in pastoral counseling is that pastoring is by definition counseling. Pastoral counseling is a skill based on a body of understanding. This course is designed to facilitate both the actual skill of counseling and the acquisition of knowledge and insights based on reading and experience.

RELT 303 Personal and Church Finance (3)
Available as individualized study for GU degree-seeking students only. Introduction to the sound principles of business and finance as adapted to a church setting. The student will also recognize the necessity for good personal financial practices.

RELT 308 Biblical Preaching (3)
Prerequisite: CMME 105
An introduction to the principles governing sermon construction and the development of a theology of preaching. Careful attention is given to the structuring of various types of sermons as well as to the dynamics of
delivery styles. Includes required interview project as well as delivery and taping of one sermon for evaluation. Normally taken in the junior year.

RELT 320 Personal Evangelism (3)
A study of the dynamics of personal evangelism, with primary emphasis on instruction rather than exhortation. A clear biblical perspective on the priesthood of all believers; practical counsel for leading someone to Christ;
a strategy for visitation; a Bible study methodology; and techniques in getting decisions.

RELT 335 Pauline Theology (3)
An investigation of the person of Paul and his contemporary world. A study of his letters and their influence on the development of Christian theology is also addressed.

RELT 360 Christian Ministry (3)
An introduction to the gospel ministry. The course studies the nature and function of pastoral ministry with the intent of acquainting the prospective minister with the unique combination of roles and responsibilities carried by a pastor in a local congregation. Students will reflect on what it means to receive a “call” to ministry in the light of their experience, and will come to understand the sensitive skills and gifts that contribute to effective
pastoral leadership.

RELT 385 Christian Ethics and Modern Society (3)
Designed to aid students in applying the principles of Christianity to the ethical issues of modern society.

RELT 398 Practicum in Ministry (2)
Prerequisite: RELB 360
Available as individualized study for GU degree-seeking students only. Specialized training program for theological studies majors.

RELT 410 Biblical Theology (3)
Biblical Theology is a disciplined reflection on the divine revelation in Holy Scripture. More generally, a biblical theology draws its concepts from the Bible and attempts to be faithful to the scriptural norm. This requires a
grasp of the literary and historical contexts for each theological concept in the Bible.

RLGN 314 Science and Christian Belief (1)
Prerequisite: A course in or knowledge of physical science
A thorough and detailed examination of the harmony between science and the Bible. This course helps the student see the complementary relationships between the Word of God and natural law.

RLGN 360 Prophetic Guidance (3)
A study of one of the principal means by which God communicates with people. The work of His prophets in Old Testament times is explained. The tests and functions of a true prophet are examined. The work and life of Ellen G. White and God’s influence on His remnant church through her are stressed. A paper is required.

 

 

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