GRE 101: Greek 1 (5 units)
A study of the fundamentals of the ancient Greek language. Morphology, syntax and vocabulary for reading simple passages of Greek prose.
GRE 102: Greek 2 (4 units)
A continuation of Greek 101. Prerequisite: GRE 101 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
GRE 211: Reading According to Luke (3 units)
This class reviews and strengthens the Greek acquired in an introductory class. Readings from selected portions of Luke and Acts. Special emphasis both upon a review of basic vocabulary and grammar of the New Testament and upon the principles of syntax through Greek composition. Prerequisite: GRE 101 and 102 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
GRE 225: Readings from the Pericopes (1 unit)
Following the liturgical readings of the church year, this class is designed primarily for those who wish to maintain an ability to work with the text in its original language through the weekly study of the pericopes for the following Sunday.
GRE 331: Extra-Biblical Readings (3 units)
This class exposes the student to a variety of Greek authors whose works are important for understanding the style and contents of the New Testament writers. Readings of select portions of the Apostolic Fathers, the Septuagint, the Apocrypha, and Josephus. Prerequisite: GRE 102.
GRE 341: Johannine Literature (3 units)
This class aims to increase the student's ability to read large sections of the Greek text in a small amount of time so that the student will make the transition from the slow analysis of a sentence to rapid comprehension of paragraphs and major sections. Rapid readings of major sections of John's Gospel and Revelation. Prerequisite: GRE 102.
GRE 451: Pauline Literature (3 units)
This capstone course will combine the student's skills in both Greek and Hebrew. Emphasis will be placed upon reading sections of Paul's letter which derive significant theological conclusions from Old Testament texts. These passages will be analyzed in the original Hebrew text and then compared with the Greek vocabulary and syntax used by the Septuagint and Paul. Prerequisites: HEB 102 and GRE 102.
HEB 101: Hebrew 1 (5 units)
A study of the fundamentals of the Hebrew language.
HEB 102: Hebrew 2 (4 units)
A continuation of HEB 101. Prerequisite: HEB 101 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
HEB 201: Readings in the Hebrew Bible (3 units)
Reading of selected portions of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on building translation skills through a review of morphology and syntax, as well as acquisition of new vocabulary. Prerequisites: Hebrew 101 and 102.
HEB 211: Readings in the Torah (3 units)
Reading selected narrative, legal, and cultic texts from the Torah section of the Hebrew Bible. Students will further develop translation skills through an inductive investigation of morphology, vocabulary, and syntax. Attention will also be given to genre analysis and textual criticism. Reading of unpointed extra-biblical Hebrew texts may also be included. Prerequisite: Hebrew 101 and 102 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
HEB 321: Readings in the Prophets and Writings (3 units)
Reading selected prophetic, poetic, and wisdom texts from the Prophets and Writings sections of the Hebrew Bible. Students will further develop translation skills through an inductive investigation of morphology, vocabulary, and syntax. Attention will also be given to genre analysis and textual criticism. Reading of Aramaic texts in Danielor Ezra may also be included. Prerequisite: Hebrew 211 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of the instructor.
HEB 225: Readings from the Pericopes (1 unit)
Following the liturgical readings of the church year, this class is designed primarily for those who wish to maintain an ability to work with the text in its original language through weekly study of the pericope for the following Sunday.
PHI 210: Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)
Students are introduced to the traditions of western philosophy, beginning with the ancient Greeks and following selected threads in subsequent eras. Classic texts by selected philosophers are studied. Topics include ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, language and logic.
PHI 211: Philosophical Ethics (3 units)
An introduction to philosophy through study of major traditions of ethical reflection in the history of philosophy. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill will be among the philosophers studied. The course will be used as part of Concordia University preparation of teams for ethics competitions.
PHI 433: Philosophy of Religion (3 units)
An introduction to the issues of the philosophy of religion, including epistemological method, the classical proofs for God's existence, determinism, free will, religious experience, faith and reason and the problem of evil. Prerequisites: THL 101 or 371, Phi 210 or 211 or consent of instructor.
PHI 439: Analytic Philosophy (3 units)
An introduction to contemporary western philosophy. Includes 19th century background, the "early" and "later" Wittgenstein, G.E. Moore, B. Russell and the "ordinary language" movement. Reference to Christian respondents to the practitioners of this style of philosophy. Prerequisites: Phi 201 and 210 or 211.
THL 222: Christian Witness and Evangelism (1 unit)
This course will introduce the student to the theology and practice of Christian evangelism. Skills in speaking the Gospel to others will be developed and applied infield experience.
THL 304: History of the Christian Church (3 units)
This course surveys the origin and development of the Christian church. Political and cultural contexts and influences on the church will be examined. Special consideration will be given to theological themes which surfaced at different times and in different places throughout the history of the Christian church, culminating with twenty-first century trends in fundamentalism, evangelicalism and ecumenism.
THL 311: Old Testament Book of the Bible (3 units)
An in-depth study of a single book of the Bible or several smaller books in their entirety. The books studied will vary from offering to offering and be selected by the instructor. Prerequisite: THL 201 or consent of instructor.
THL 312: New Testament Book of the Bible (3 units)
An in-depth study of a single book of the Bible or several smaller books in their entirety. The books studied will vary from offering to offering and be selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: THL 201 and 202 or consent of instructor.
THL 321: World Religions (3 units)
A survey of the world's major non-Christian religions including major motifs, belief patterns, ritual and worship, ethics and social patterns, origin and development and sacred writings.
THL 355: The Reformation (3 units)
An introduction to the social, political and intellectual context of the various sixteenth-century reformations of the church in Europe, as well as the events, ideas and implications of these reform movements. Attention will be given to both the "magisterial" and "radical" Protestant reformations as well as to the Catholic reformation.
THL 371: Christian Doctrine 1 (3 units)
Introductory course in systematic and confessional theology for undergraduates. Covers the subjects of theological method, revelation and scripture, Law and Gospel, the Triune God and His attributes, humanity and sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ as the God/man. Stresses acquaintance with key biblical material and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions. Students with significant education in Christianity may use this course in place of THL 101 in the general education requirements upon consultation with the instructor.
THL 372: Christian Doctrine 2 (3 units)
Introductory course in systematic and confessional theology for undergraduates. Covers the subjects of justification, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, conversion, preservation, election, sanctification, the sacraments, the church, the ministry and eschatology. Stresses acquaintance with key biblical materials and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions. Prerequisite: THL 371.
THL 375: Contemporary Religious Bodies in America (3 units)
Introductory survey of several major Western theological positions and their theology. Designed as an undergraduate course in "comparative dogmatics." The course is organized around the systems of Roman Catholicism, Luther, Calvin and Wesley. Prerequisite: THL 101 or equivalent.
THL 382: Corporate Worship
An examination of the theology of corporate worship as it is taught in Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, and in how it has developed through the history of the Church. Criteria for preparing and evaluating worship services in today's church are examined and applied. Prerequisite: THL 101 or equivalent.
THL 429: Biblical Theology and Exegesis (3 units)
An intensive study of the major themes of the Old and New Testaments through the introduction and application of the tools and principles of exegesis and hermeneutics, with special emphasis on deriving Law and Gospel principles for use in congregational ministry. Prerequisites: THL 201 and 202 or concurrent enrollment.
THL 430: Christian Apologetics (3 units)
An introduction to the intellectual defense of the truth of the Gospel to the thinking skeptic centered in a detailed, historical and factually-based defense of the Gospel. Particular apologetic issues such as the incarnation and resurrection of Christ, the existence of God, the problem of evil, the dependability of Scripture, and the exclusivity of the Gospel will be examined, as will various methods of apologetics including the mytho-poetic writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Arguments against this apologetic (including pre-suppositionalism and Christian pietism) will also be examined. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.
THL 463: Readings in Classical Christian Thought (3 units)
Selected primary source readings in Western Christianity including Augustine (Confessions), Life of St. Antony, selected Western mystics, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin and Wesley. Prerequisite: THL 101, junior standing or consent of instructor.
THL 465: Christians and Ethics (3 units)
An exploration of morality and ethics in light of scriptural teaching concerning both creation and redemption. Students will be oriented to the main approaches, both traditional and contemporary, of non-biblical philosophical ethics and will study how Christian faith interacts with these approaches. The significance for ethics of the Lutheran confessional distinction between God's left and right hand rule will be explored in depth. The course will usually include student research and presentations on contemporary ethical issues in light of the student's growing understanding of Christian ethics. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.
THL 481: World Missions
An overview of the theology and practice of Christian missions including historical development, missionary methods, evangelism programs and paradigm shifts. Development of some skills in speaking the Gospel is included.
THL 489: Integrated Theology (1 unit)
Capstone course in Theology and Theological Studies. This course guides students in gathering a portfolio of their theological proficiency, self-evaluation of that portfolio, and an assessment of their theological competency. Prerequisite: Senior class standing in Theology or Theological Studies.