Current Courses – Summer 2021

Check individual program course options and work with your advisor to determine what courses are available for your program.

Undergraduate

  • Course Number: CH 402
  • Department: Church History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Readings in Christian Thought spans from the New Testament era to the present. It is a study of fundamental Christian doctrines, how they began, and how they evolved into modern theological thought. The course will include an in-depth study of the theologians who developed these doctrines, beginning with the post-apostolic fathers and ending with modern theologians up to the current day. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to examine their own theology and discover the sources of some of their own thinking and beliefs. One goal of this course is to help the students understand and articulate how these doctrines enable Christians of all faiths to come together and speak a common language.

  • Course Number: HI 221
  • Department: History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Islam will present a historical, cultural, and religious view of one the world largest religions. It will also present a Christian perspective to this study by highlighting key differences between Christianity and Islam, and by providing a non-traditional look at the roots and fruit of this religious and political movement.

  • Course Number: HU 210
  • Department: Humanities
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Literature introduces students to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama while acquainting them with theoretical tools and frameworks for interpreting literature. We will also identify and analyze central elements of each literary genre, and discuss the importance of literature as a unique means of comprehending and conveying human experience, past and present.

  • Course Number: JS 311
  • Department: Jewish Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Second Temple Judaism will explore the history and literature of the Second Temple Judaism within the context of changing political powers (516 BCE–70 CE). The students will examine the theological diversity of Second Temple Judaism as reflected in the primary sources, including Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus Flavius, apocalyptic texts, sapiential literature, and proto-rabbinic corpora. The primary readings will be analyzed with the aid of contemporary tools and methodologies. This course will also discuss the Jewish framework of the New Testament and its reflection of early Jewish customs and beliefs.

  • Course Number: MM 401
  • Department: Mentored Field Ministry
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Mentored Ministry course provides an apprenticeship experience for students to serve in a focused area of ministry. They will interact with a mentor who will direct, encourage and evaluate their activities as they minister in real life situations. This training allows for students to apply what they have learned at the University, and to draw on the principles taught in their biblical, theological, and ministry practices studies. The students will explore and write about the practice of mentoring in the Scriptures. The students will also write a paper that reflects on their mentoring experience, and on what they have learned in their studies.

  • Course Number: MT 309
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Missions and Evangelism offers a dual focus. It begins with a study of how the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) to the Christian Church has been viewed and fulfilled throughout history. This course covers a broad sweep of missionary and evangelistic outreach in church history, from the Early Church to modern day churches. For several weeks it focuses on missionary-eras and particularly on the life and work of specific missionaries and evangelists. The course concludes with a series of studies concerning the necessity for and practicalities of evangelism. Through these studies, students are guided to find their belief and expression in fulfilling the Great Commission in this day.

  • Course Number: MT 412
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Biblical Curriculum Development guides the student in planning a series of Bible studies and sermons. The student will study principles of effective teaching, including planning, preparation and presentation. The course will present opportunities to prepare inductive and deductive study outlines. The student will learn how to identify the “big idea” of an individual study or series of lessons, and how to develop content around that idea. For a series of lessons or sermons the student will identify the topic, goal, objectives, and lesson outlines.

  • Course Number: NT 310
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Formation of the New Testament is a course that will introduce the student to the literary background of New Testament times, present an understanding of the Bible as the Word of God, and give an overview of the Old and New Testaments and how they fit together as a unified book. The course will cover the various forms of biblical/textual criticism, and the process that took place to choose which books got into the New Testament canon and which ones were rejected. The student will discover how the books of the Bible came together in the form recognized today.

  • Course Number: NT 311
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Early Church in Jerusalem will provide the student with a big picture view of the birth of the Christian church of the first century. It covers events from the death of Jesus until the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. Different aspects of Rome and Jerusalem in the first century will be addressed. Topics covered will include politics, leadership, history, writing, religion, and community. The students will discuss the impact of the Day of Pentecost on the church in Jerusalem, and compare and contrast lifestyles of the Jews and the Christians.

  • Course Number: NT 424
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Life and Letters of Paul introduces the student to the life, letters, and theology of the apostle Paul. The basic contours of Paul’s life will be studied to help better frame his writings and theology. Each of Paul’s letters will be examined in light of historical context/issues that assist in the interpretation of the letter.

  • Course Number: OT 302
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

In Historical Geography of Israel the students will learn about the geographic regions of Israel and how the geography affected the lives of peoples who lived there in biblical times. The student will study the context of the surrounding regions and civilizations that played a huge role in the history of the Promised Land. There will also be opportunity to apply historical and geographical information to selected biblical texts and stories.

  • Course Number: PL 410
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Stewardship and Administration will guide the student through an analysis of the qualities of an effective leader and the requirement of faithful stewardship in the church. Topics covered in this course include leadership, delegation, administration, stewardship, church finances, church records, and risk management.

  • Course Number: SC 203
  • Department: Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science will delve into topics such as environmental ethics, environment stewardship, pesticide use and organic farming, climate change, waste and pollution management, alternative energy, and much more.

  • Course Number: SS 202
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Principles of Interpersonal Relationships teaches a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for a student’s personal and professional life. Universal principles such as fairness, personal integrity, honesty, and human dignity, provide the foundation for effective interpersonal relationships. Students will be introduced to quality life habits and have the opportunity to internalize them through personal exercise, video presentations, Scriptures and spiritual teaching.

  • Course Number: SS 205
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Cultural Anthropology is an introduction to the anthropological study of different cultures. This course includes ways of comparing and contrasting social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings. Students will explore the world views and belief systems of other peoples and reflect on their own multi-cultural experiences in order to be better equipped to move and relate in their own local church or elsewhere. This course will also cover issues of tourism.

Note: Because Marsh Smith, Ph.D., the author of the course, is a China scholar and has written about some of the issues covered as they occur in China, this course will have more about China than other parts of the world.

  • Course Number: TH 302
  • Department: Theology
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Theology 2 presents a thorough introductory study of three core doctrines: 1) the application of redemption, 2) the Church, 3) the future. The student will examine the biblical bases for the doctrines, clarify the position held in the text, and analyze variant understandings of the concepts with measured reason. The student will be able to interpret, explain and appraise these major doctrines. Finally the student will make personal application of their increased understanding of the scriptural doctrines.

Graduate

  • Course Number: CH 502
  • Department: Church History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Readings in Christian Thought spans from the New Testament era to the present. It is a study of fundamental Christian doctrines, how they began, and how they evolved into modern theological thought. The course will include an in-depth study of the theologians who developed these doctrines, beginning with the post-apostolic fathers and ending with modern theologians up to the current day. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to examine their own theology and discover the sources of some of their own thinking and beliefs. One goal of this course is to help the students understand and articulate how these doctrines enable Christians of all faiths to come together and speak a common language.

  • Course Number: GS 501
  • Department: General Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Theological Research and Writing will prepare students for research and writing requirements of future Shiloh University course work. It will instruct students in the categories of biblical and theological resources, and how to utilize EndNote in cataloging resources. The students will learn various types and approaches to biblical and theological research, and the process of writing a research paper. The course includes a review of basic grammar in preparation for future studies in the biblical languages and the process of biblical exegesis.

  • Course Number: JS 511
  • Department: Jewish Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Second Temple Judaism will explore the history and literature of the Second Temple Judaism within the context of changing political powers (516 BCE–70 CE). The students will examine the theological diversity of Second Temple Judaism as reflected in the primary sources, including Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus Flavius, apocalyptic texts, sapiential literature, and proto-rabbinic corpora. The primary readings will be analyzed with the aid of contemporary tools and methodologies. This course will also discuss the Jewish framework of the New Testament and its reflection of early Jewish customs and beliefs.

  • Course Number: MT 509
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Missions and Evangelism offers a dual focus. It begins with a study of how the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) to the Christian Church has been viewed and fulfilled throughout history. This course covers a broad sweep of missionary and evangelistic outreach in church history, from the Early Church to modern day churches. For several weeks it focuses on missionary-eras and particularly on the life and work of specific missionaries and evangelists. The course concludes with a series of studies concerning the necessity for and practicalities of evangelism. Through these studies, students are guided to find their belief and expression in fulfilling the Great Commission in this day.

  • Course Number: MT 512
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Biblical Curriculum Development guides the student in planning a series of Bible studies and sermons. The student will study principles of effective teaching, including planning, preparation and presentation. The course will present opportunities to prepare inductive and deductive study outlines. The student will learn how to identify the “big idea” of an individual study or series of lessons, and how to develop content around that idea. For a series of lessons or sermons the student will identify the topic, goal, objectives, and lesson outlines.

  • Course Number: NT 511
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Early Church in Jerusalem will provide the student with a big picture view of the birth of the Christian church of the first century. It covers events from the death of Jesus until the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. Different aspects of Rome and Jerusalem in the first century will be addressed. Topics covered will include politics, leadership, history, writing, religion, and community. The students will discuss the impact of the Day of Pentecost on the church in Jerusalem, and compare and contrast lifestyles of the Jews and the Christians.

  • Course Number: NT 524
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Life and Letters of Paul introduces the student to the life, letters, and theology of the apostle Paul. The basic contours of Paul’s life will be studied to help better frame his writings and theology. Each of Paul’s letters will be examined in the light of historical context/issues that assist in the interpretation of the letter.

  • Course Number: OT 502
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

In Historical Geography of Israel the students will learn about the geographic regions of Israel and how the geography affected the lives of peoples who lived there in biblical times. The student will study the context of the surrounding regions and civilizations that played a huge role in the history of the Promised Land. There will also be opportunity to apply historical and geographical information to selected biblical texts and stories.

  • Course Number: PL 510
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Stewardship and Administration will guide the student through an analysis of the qualities of an effective leader and the requirement of faithful stewardship in the church. Topics covered in this course include leadership, delegation, administration, stewardship, church finances, church records, and risk management.

  • Course Number: TH 502
  • Department: Theology
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Theology 2 presents a thorough introductory study of three core doctrines: 1) the application of redemption, 2) the Church, 3) the future. The student will examine the biblical bases for the doctrines, clarify the position held in the text, and analyze variant understandings of the concepts with measured reason. The student will be able to interpret, explain and appraise these major doctrines. Finally the student will make personal application of their increased understanding of the scriptural doctrines.

Doctoral

  • Course Number: DM 722
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Proclaiming God’s Goodness Across Cultures examines the classic “problem of evil” faced in every ministry setting, which asks the question “if God is all-loving and all-powerful, why is there evil and suffering in the world?” The problem is examined through the lens of the metanarrative of Scripture, and a theodicy based in relationship is developed accordingly. The seminar equips the participant with an understanding of the underlying theological, sociological, and communication skills necessary to identify and confront the problem of evil in a variety of ministry and cultural settings at home and abroad.

  • Course Number: DM 751
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Contemporary Trends in Worship provides a theology and sets the understanding for biblical worship in the life of the believer, which has at its beginning point a Trinitarian understanding of God. There have been significant changes in worship practice in the last decades in the Western Church. This seminar will seek to analyze and identify these trends through the lens of Relational Theology and its resulting implications in the life of the believer, especially regarding their union with Christ. The significant issues of theology are discussed in terms of understanding who Christ is.

  • Course Number: DM 796
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Based on an approved project proposal, the candidate will research and write a ministry project that relates to a significant aspect of the ministry in which he/she is involved. Ministry Research Project is a one-year seminar with set milestones for timely completion of the project. Regular cohort discussions and faculty interaction is included during the participant’s research project work. To earn credit the candidate must complete a successful oral defense. The candidate is assigned an individual faculty advisor for the project.