2002-03 Bulletin
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SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY


BIBLICAL STUDIES (RELB)


RELB 104  THE MINISTRY OF JESUS 4
Survey of Christ’s life in its historical setting as a basis for determining Christian action. Not open to students with senior standing.
 

RELB 105  THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT 2
Study of the Sermon on the Mount as it relates to the needs of the Christian. Not open to students with senior standing.
 

RELB 106  THE PARABLES OF JESUS 2
Exegetical study of Jesus’ parables; considers literary structure, historical context, and relevance for today. Not open to students with senior standing.
 

RELB 111  MESSAGES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT 4
Survey of basic themes of the Old Testament. Not open to students with senior standing.
 

RELB 132  INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE 3
Introduction to the historical background, content and methods of study of both Old and New Testaments. Open only to theology and religion majors. Prerequisite: RELH 131.
 

RELB 216  MESSAGES OF PAUL 4
Survey of the basic themes of Paul’s letters.
 

RELB 220  BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES 3
An introduction to the tools of biblical study. Includes the rudiments of Greek and Hebrew, as well as the use of lexicons, dictionaries, and concordances. Does not apply to major in theology.
 

RELB 301  OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY 3
Study of the historical framework in which the religion of Israel developed; considers dominant events and trends in God’s saving relationship to His covenant people.
 

RELB 302  PENTATEUCH 3
Exegetical examination of significant passages in the first section of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament); considers the historical setting, authorship, time, circumstance of writing, and other literary and theological questions.
 

RELB 303  OLD TESTAMENT PSALMS, STORIES, AND WISDOM 3
Introduction to the third section of the Hebrew Bible; considers authorship, the time and circumstance of writing, and other literary and theological questions.
 

RELB 304  HEBREW PROPHETS I 4
A study of the ministry and messages of the early prophets of Israel.
 

RELB 305  HEBREW PROPHETS II 4
Examination of the ministry and messages of the exilic and post-exilic prophets, including a consideration of their relevance for today.
 

RELB 329  GREEK EXEGESIS 3
Exegetical study of selected New Testament and Septuagint texts with a focus on exegetical methods. Prerequisites: GREK 331, 332, 333 and/or the successful completion of the Greek proficiency examination.
 

RELB 333  BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES ON HEALING 4
A survey of the various ways biblical writers describe restoration to wholeness of life and of how these biblical views have been understood in prominent Christian traditions down to modern times. Offered on Portland campus.
 

RELB 412  DANIEL AND REVELATION 4
An exegetical study of the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation within their historical and literary contexts, with special attention to their significance for Christian Eschatology.
 

RELB 423  HEBREW EXEGESIS 3
Exegetical study of selected Old Testament passages based on Hebrew text. Prerequisites: HEBR 331, 332.
 

RELB 434  GOSPEL OF MARK 3 OR 4
Exegetical examination of the gospel of Mark that attends to synoptic relations, literary devices, dominant themes and relevance. (College Place Campus—3 quarter hours; Portland Campus—4 quarter hours.)
 

RELB 435  GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 3 OR 4
Exegetical examination of the gospel of Matthew with attention to synoptic relations, literary devices, dominant themes and relevance. (College Place Campus—3 quarter hours; Portland Campus—4 quarter hours.)
 

RELB 436  GOSPEL OF JOHN 3 OR 4
An exegetical reading of the gospel of John that attends to literary devices, dominant themes and relevance. (College Place Campus—3 quarter hours; Portland Campus—4 quarter hours.)
 

RELB 437  GOSPEL OF LUKE 3 OR 4
Exegetical examination of the gospel of Luke that attends to synoptic relations, literary devices, dominant themes and relevance. (College Place Campus—3 quarter hours; Portland Campus—4 quarter hours.) Offered on demand.
 

RELB 454  LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE (OR ENGL 454) 4
Prerequisite: General Studies literature or ENGL 234. See the English section of this Bulletin.
 

RELB 455  BOOK OF JUDGES: A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH (OR ENGL 455) 4
An interdisciplinary approach to the Book of Judges, including historical, literary, theological, archaeological, and anthropological methods. The course is designed to model various scholarly methods in the study of a biblical text. Prerequisite: One general education literature course and one biblical studies course, or permission of instructor. Will be offered even years only.
 

RELB 464  THESSALONIANS AND CORINTHIANS 3
Exegetical study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and 1 & 2 Corinthians, within their historical contexts. Students who have taken RELB 216 should not register for this course without special permission.
 

RELB 465  NEW TESTAMENT PRISON, PASTORAL AND GENERAL LETTERS 3
Exegetical study of Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, & 3 John, within their historical contexts. Students who have taken RELB 216 should not register for this course without special permission.
 

RELB 466  GALATIONS AND ROMANS 3
Exegetical study of Galatians and Romans, within their historical contexts. Students who have taken RELB 216 should not register for this course without special permission.
 

RELIGIOUS HISTORY (RELH)


RELH 131  INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN FAITH 3
Exploration of faith and reason, authority and creativity, and the spiritual disciplines. The course includes a required weekend retreat, graded S or NC. Open only to theology and religion majors. (Course fee $40)
 

RELH 205  BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY 3
Introduction to the science of archaeology with particular attention to those discoveries which bear on the interpretation of the Biblical text.
 

RELH 303  WORLD RELIGIONS 3
Introduction to the greater religions of mankind, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Islam, and Christianity; considers the historical setting out of which these religions arose, their founders, their basic teachings and rituals, their conceptions of God and mankind, as well as their influence on cultural development.
 

RELH 402  MODERN DENOMINATIONS 3
Study of the cardinal teachings of a number of the prominent denominations of the world; includes comparisons of the teachings relating to God, salvation, sin, and the future.
 

RELH 406  HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE 2
Survey of the history of the Bible from the earliest manuscripts through the science of textual criticism to a comparison of the numerous English versions currently available.
 

RELH 425  PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION (OR PSYC 425) 3
See the Education and Psychology section of this bulletin.
 

RELH 455  EARLY CHURCH HISTORY 3
Study of the rise of Christianity with emphasis on the development of theological concepts. Prerequisite: ENGL 224 or permission of instructor.
 

RELH 457  HISTORY OF ADVENTISM 2
Study of the rise and development of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
 

RELH 490  ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK 0-4
Participation in an archaeological expedition. Involves all aspects of dig life — stratigraphic excavation employing the most up-to-date methodologies, careful recording and analysis of data in consultation with experts from a wide range of disciplines. Prerequisites: RELH 205 or permission of instructor. Application to the School of Theology is required by March 1 of the year the course is taken. Offered summers of even years.
 

SOCI 449  SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 2
See the Social Work and Sociology section of this bulletin.
 

MISSIONS (RELM)


RELM 233  INTRODUCTION TO CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY 3
Study of the major issues involved in communicating Christianity in other cultures with the aim of preparing the student for actual field work. This prerequisite for student missionaries is also open to other interested students.
 

PROFESSIONAL (RELP)


RELP 133  INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY 3
Relates active participation in the life of faith to pastoral ministry. Involves participating in and evaluating personal and corporate acts of memory, celebration, witness, visitation, and social concern. Open only to theology and religion majors. Prerequisites: RELH 131, RELB 132.
 

RELP 237  CHURCH MINISTRY 4
A study of the skills needed for personal and public ministry, including pastoral visitation and counseling, and various forms of evangelism. Combines theory and practice on how to minister to people of both genders and all age groups in church and community. Prerequisites: RELH 131, RELB 132, RELP 133.
 

RELP 337  CHURCH WORSHIP MINISTRY 2
A study and application of the theology and choreography of worship. Open only to theology majors. Prerequisite: RELP 133.
 

RELP 338  CHURCH LEADERSHIP MINISTRY 2
Study of the theological and psychological principles of leadership applied to the church. Emphasizes Adventist church policy and programs, materials, and methods that can be used in preserving and fostering the life of the church. Open only to theology majors. Prerequisite: RELP 133.
 

RELP 370  HOSPITAL MINISTERIAL TRAINING 2-4
An inductive exploration of ministry through patient visitation, small group process, lecture and discussion facilitated by chaplains, medical professionals and other support professionals in a clinical hospital setting. The class is limited to six students. Registration by permission of the instructor only.
 

RELP 395  METHODS OF TEACHING BIBLE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL 3
Examination of current religion teaching practices in the secondary school with emphasis on objectives, content, organization, and materials and resources available; requires observation in the schools along with microteaching, giving opportunity to demonstrate competency. Prerequisites: EDUC 390. Offered odd years and alternate summers.
 

RELP 440  CRISIS MINISTRY 2
Introduction to the principles and practice of pastoral care of troubled persons through the application of counseling techniques, the utilization of the spiritual resources of the Christian community, and theological reflection. Open only to theology majors. Prerequisite: RELP 133.
 

RELP 441, 442  SENIOR PROJECT I, II 1, 1
Research, presentation, and discussion of a topic which integrates religious studies and professional goals. Open only to senior theology and religion majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 224.
 

RELP 483  ADVANCED PASTORAL CARE 3
Study of the role of the pastor in relationship to his/her ministering to families; includes study of the pastor as premarital counselor, as marriage and family counselor, and as marriage and family life enrichment leader. Prerequisite: RELP 440 or permission of instructor. Offered on demand.
 

RELP 490  FIELD EVANGELISM 1-3; 3
Experience in evangelistic techniques obtained by giving Bible studies and/or holding meetings. Offered on demand.
 

RELp 494  COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 0-3
Individual contract arrangement involving students, faculty, and cooperating institutions to gain practical experience in an off-campus setting. Allows the student to apply advanced classroom learning. Prerequisite: Approval of the major adviser. Graded S or NC.
 

SPCH 381, 382, 383  BIBLICAL PREACHING 2, 2, 2
See the Communications section of this bulletin.
 

THEOLOGY (RELT)


RELT 110  SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST BELIEF AND PRACTICE 4
A general introduction to the Adventist community in its historical and contemporary contexts. Not open to students with senior standing.
 

RELT 201  THE CHRISTIAN WAY OF SALVATION 4
Study of the Christian offer of salvation as found through Jesus Christ and the church; considers not only the future, but also contemporary moral and social dimensions of salvation. Offered on demand.
 

RELT 202  FUNDAMENTALS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF 4
Study of Christian teachings from Seventh-day Adventist perspective; explores topics such as revelation, God, creation, human beings and sin, the person and work of Jesus, the nature and purpose of the church, salvation, and Christian hope. Prerequisite: One college-level religion course or permission of instructor.
 

RELT 204  CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ADVENTIST THOUGHT 4
Study of current ideas and issues in Adventist theology designed for those who have an adequate background in Adventist doctrine.
 

RELT 242  CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS 3
An intellectual defense of the Christian faith from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Students will look at the philosophical and experiential elements that undergird religious belief.
 

RELT 248  CHRISTIAN ETHICS 4
Study of the foundations and application of ethics to contemporary issues such as bioethics, sexuality, economics, violence, discrimination and the environment, with a focus on moral decision-making and behavior.
 

RELT 314  CHRISTIAN HOPE 3
Study of Christian eschatology with emphasis upon Biblical patterns of hope and disappointment, early Adventist end-time predictions, contemporary visions of hope offered by Seventh-day Adventists and other Christians, and the implications of eschatology for ethics. Offered on demand.
 

RELT 321  CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY 3
Study of the dynamics of the Christian spiritual life as lived individually and in the community. Topics include prayer, meditation, worship, healing, and spiritual guidance. Prerequisite: one college-level religion course or permission of the instructor.
 

RELT 330  CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP 3
Study of the relationship of the individual to the church; considers the development of study skills with analysis of a member’s responsibility to the church community. Emphasis in methods of Bible study, the use of tools for Bible study, organization of the church, the role of the layman in the administration of the church, and the mission of the church. Designed primarily for the nonministerial student. Prerequisite: 6 hours of religion general studies credit.
 

RELT 340  THEOLOGY OF SPIRITUAL CARE 4
Study of the theological concepts that relate to the issues of human suffering and application of the Biblical principles that underlie the spiritual care of those who suffer. Offered on the Portland campus.
 

RELT 404  APPROACHES TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION 2
A survey of the critical disciplines employed in reading the Biblical text for ethical and theological reflection.
 

RELT 412  PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (OR PHIL 412) 4
Study of religious thought and practice from a philosophical perspective; considers the arguments for the existence of God, the relationship of faith and reason, the use of religious language, and the problem of evil.
 

RELT 417  INSPIRATION AND REVELATION 4
Study of the concept of inspiration as revealed in the Bible writers as compared to the concept of inspiration in modern times as revealed in the person and writings of Ellen G. White.
 

RELT 418  AESTHETICS AND SPIRITUALITY 3
The practice of spirituality through the arts. The course explores the role of aesthetics in the devotional life. Journaling and sketching constitute significant course components.
 

RELT 456, 457  SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I, II 3, 3
An inquiry from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective into the major themes of Christian theology; introduces students to the process of theological thinking, including systematic reflection of one’s own views. Open only to departmental majors. Prerequisites: RELH 455 and HIST 456 or permission of instructor.
 

RELT 495  COLLOQUIUM 0
Lecture series designed to enrich the professional and spiritual development of students in religion and theology. All Religion and Theology majors must satisfactorily complete six quarters, at least one of which must be during their senior year. Requirement must be completed at least one quarter before graduation. Graded S or NC.
 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (GREK)


GREK 231, 232, 233  GREEK I 3, 3, 3
Introduction to the elements of New Testament Greek with experience in translation. Language laboratory required. Prerequisites: A score at the 70 percentile on the ACT composite score and at the 70 percentile on the ACT English scores or successful completion of ENGL 121, 122.
 

GREK 331, 332, 333  GREEK II 3, 3, 3
Continued reading in the Greek New Testament with emphasis upon principles of interpretive translation. The book of Revelation and selections from the Gospels are used in developing facility in translation.
 

GREK 341  INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM 2
Survey of the history and present development of New Testament textual criticism; integration of textual criticism and translation of selected passages from Novum Testamentum Graece. Offered upon request.
 

GREK 342  READINGS IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT 2; 8
Reading in selected sections of the Greek New Testament.
 

GREK 344  THE GREEK OLD TESTAMENT 2
Translation of selected narrative portions from the Septuagint and comparison with the Masoretic Text. Also includes translation of selected portions of Hebrews with attention to Old Testament citations. Offered on request.
 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (HEBR)


HEBR 331  INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW 3
Introduction to the basic elements of Biblical Hebrew; designed to enable the student to use the language as a tool in Biblical studies and to provide a basis for further study in Hebrew.
 

HEBR 332  ELEMENTARY HEBREW 3
Study of Hebrew grammar and syntax advancing to reading and exegesis of selected Hebrew Bible passages. Prerequisite: HEBR 331.
 

HEBR 451  READINGS IN HEBREW 2; 6
Selected reading in the various sections of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisites: HEBR 332, 333.
 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (LANE)


LANE 460  LANGUAGES OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST 3; 12
Introduction to the elements of an ancient Near Eastern language, its vocabulary, grammar, syntax and cultural background. Departmental approval required.
 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (LATN)


LATN 211, 212, 213  LATIN I 4, 4, 4
Introduction to the elements of classical Latin with experience in translation. Prerequisites: A score of 50 percentile on the ACT composite score and 50 percentile on the ACT English scores or successful completion of ENGL 121, 122.
 

LATN 311, 312, 313  LATIN II 4, 4, 4
Continued reading in Latin authors with emphasis upon grammar and syntax. Offered on demand.