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Rashdall Collegium Institute


Courses and Textbooks

All textbooks used for our degree programs are published by well-known publishers such as Baker Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, Inter-Varsity Press, Oxford University Press, Springer Verlag, Zondervan, and other quality publishers.

Master degree courses

BBT511 Old Testament Exegesis, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis by C. Broyles
Course description: Ancient Near Eastern studies, methods and strategies of Bible interpretation and analysis, Old Testament language and text, Old Testament theology, intertextuality and canon, science of Biblical exegesis, Biblical theology.

BBT512 New Testament and Origins of Christianity, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity by D. Burkett
Course description: Historical and religious background, Jesus and the Gospels, Acts, Pauline Christianity, Judaic Christianity, Gnostic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity.

BBT514 Biblical Hermeneutics, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Biblical Hermeneutics by G. Maier
Course description: Theological Hermeneutics as science, historical and grammatical interpretation, divine character of Bible, Christian exegesis, inerrancy of the Bible, Revelation and inspiration of Sacred Scripture, Canon, historicity and unity of Scripture, Revelation and criticism.

BBT515 Holy Scripture, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch by J. Webster
Course description: Nature and function of Biblical writings, Revelation, Sanctification, Inspiration, Sacred Scripture, dogmatic categories, life of Church, Economy of Grace, Theology.

THH525 Historical Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by G. Allison
Course description: Doctrine of the word of God, inspiration, authority, inerrancy, sufficiency and necessity of Scripture, doctrine of God, existence and knowability of God, Trinity, creation, doctrine of humanity, creation and nature of humanity, doctrine of Christ, doctrine of Redemption, doctrine of the Church, doctrine of the Last Things.

THE527 Evangelical Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology by T. Larsen, D. Treier
Course description: Evangelicals and Christian Doctrine, Triune God of Gospel, Scripture and hermeneutics, Justification and Atonement, Holy Spirit, Conversion and Sanctification, Evangelical theology in African contexts, Evangelical theology in Asian contexts, Evangelical theology in British and European contexts, Evangelical theology in North American contexts.

THE532 Systematic Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Systematic Theology by Norman Geisler
Course description: The origin, inspiration and nature of Bible, Jesus, Church Fathers, Historical Church, Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism, historicity of Old and New Testament, Inerrancy and Canonicity of Bible, Creation, Nature and Attributes of God, humanity and sin, Eschatology.

THE540 Soteriology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective by I. Davidson and M. Rae
Course description: Soteriology and the Doctrine of God, Soteriology and the Perfections of God, Salvation and History, Salvation and Atonement, Election, Justification and Church, reflections of Barth and Rahner.

CHE558 Christian Ethics, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Common Good and Christian Ethics by D. Hollenbach
Course description: Pluralism and common good, poverty and social isolation, human relationships, public religion, conflict and peace, Christianity in a community of freedom, intellectual solidarity, Christian distinctiveness and common morality, Dialogic Universalism, common good of metropolitan community, the global common good.

CMT560 Ministry, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service by S. Seamands
Course description: Nature of Trinitarian Ministry, foundations of Trinitarian Ministry, characteristics of priesthood, theological foundations, minister’s character and virtues, pastoral office and duties, pastoral counsel, crisis ministry.

PTH 568 Pastoral Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition by Andrew Purves
Course description: Pastoral theology in historical perspective, Pauline theology, pastoral theology in Patristic and Medieval period, pastoral theology of Reformation, pastoral theology in modern and contemporary times.

CMT576 Leadership in Congregation, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Leading the Congregation by R. Heuser, N. Shawchuck
Course description: Demands of Congregation leadership, Attributes of Congregation leadership, leader’s spirituality and calling, leader’s vision and mission, pitfalls of improper leadership, defining priorities and making choices, team leadership and guiding principles, conflict resolution.

PTH577 Pastoral Care, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Pastoral Care in Historical Perspective by W. Clebsch, C. Jaekle
Course description: pastoral care in Patristic period, Sacramental Healing in Medieval period, pastoral care during Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, modern and contemporary times, pastoral functions of healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciliation, pastoral care in works of St. Clement, Tertullian, St. John Chrysostom, St. John Cassian, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Francis of Assisi, Luther, Calvin, Loyola, confessions, caring for sick and dying.

CHP580 Philosophy of Christianity, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. Moreland
Course description: Argumentation and Logic, Epistemology, Knowledge and Rationality, Justification, Truth, Metaphysics, Ontology, Mind-Body dualism, Free Will and Determinism, Personal Identity and Immortality, Time and Space, Ethics, Morality and Metaethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology.

Doctor degree courses

BBT610 Gospels and Jesus, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Gospels and Jesus by G. Stanton
Course description: classification and analysis of Gospels, four Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, Jesus in Gospel traditions, literary evidence from outside Gospels, John the Baptist, Jesus as prophet and teacher, parables and aphorisms.

BBT611 Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Biblical Interpretation and Philosophical Hermeneutics by B. H. McLean
Course description: Analysis of historical meaning, prolegomena to post-historical hermeneutics, Martin Heidegger, faith and history, Bultmann’s debate with Barth, linguistic turn, post-historical hermeneutics, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur, Levinas, Deleuze, Guattari, post-historical interpretation.

CHP612 Faith and Reason, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Faith, Reason and the Existence of God by D. Turner
Course description: classification and issues, negative theology and natural theology, reason and rhetoric, univocity and inference, Divine existence, analogy and inference, the God of reason and God of Christ.

THH615 Historical Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Historical Theology by Alister E. McGrath
Course description: the concepts of theology, architecture of theology, Patristic period, Middle Ages, Scholasticism, Renaissance, Humanism, Reformation, Reformation movements, post-Reformation, Enlightenment, Romanticism, modernism and post-modernism, contemporary developments.

THE618 Christology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus by G. O’Collins
Course description: history, philosophy and language, Proclaimer of the Kingdom, personal authority, self-identity, Resurrection, Resurrection as Redemptive, Divinity of God the Son, the first Council of Constantinople, Ephesus, Chanlcedon, first Seven Councils, Medieval and Modern Christology, One Divine Person, Faith, Holiness and Virginal Conception, The Redeemer.

THE620 Theology of Salvation, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology by V. Karkkainen
Course description: History of Pneumatological Traditions, theology of Spirit before Nicea, Apostolic Fathers, Patristic views after Nicea, Trinitarian faith, theological variations of Eastern and Western traditions, Scholastic, Reformation and post-Reformation Pneumonological traditions, modern and contemporary theologies of Spirit and Salvation, Spirit in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical theologies.

THE622 Eschatology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Eschatology by Dr Markus Mühling
Course description: historical background, eschatology and concept of action, logic of hope, Trinitarian basis of eschatology, time and eternity, space and infinity, multiple forms of eschatic reality, annihilation and transformation, human death, the Parousia of Christ, resurrection and judgment, Kingdom of God as eschatological reality.

THE624 Ecclesiology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology by P. Avis
Course description: Biblical foundations, early Ecclesiology in the West, Eastern Orthodox traditions, Medieval Ecclesiology, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant Ecclesiology, major modern Ecclesiologists, contemporary movements in Ecclesiology.

CHE635 Christian Ethics, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Sources of Christian Ethics by S. Pinckaers
Course description: overview of Christian ethics, human aspects of Christian ethics, theological and dogmatic foundations, history of moral theology, Patristic period, scholasticism, High Middle Ages, nominalist revolution, modern era, Catholic moral theology, Protestant ethics, freedom and natural law.

THE640 Mystery of Trinity, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Trinity: Nexus of the Mysteries of Christian Faith by A. Hunt
Course description: development of Trinitarian doctrine in Patristic and Medieval times, Cappadocian Fathers, St. Augustine, Richard St. Victor, St. Bonaventure, contemporary Trinitarian theology, Trinity and Christology, Trinity, Paschal Mystery and Soteriology, Trinity and the Church.

THE643 Trinitarian Doctrine, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine by K. Anatolios
Course description: fourth century Trinitarian theology, Council of Nicaea, controversy, categories and interpretation, development of Trinitarian doctrine, St. Athanasius, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Augustine, Trinitarian image in humanity, systematic scope of Nicene theology.

THE648 Systematic Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology by J. Webster, K. Tanner
Course description: dogmatic theology, Existence of God, Trinity, attributes of God, creation, Providence, humanity, the fall and sin, incarnation, salvation, justification, resurrection and immortality, Holy Spirit, Church, sacraments, eschatology, revelation, Scripture, tradition, worship, reason, Biblical studies and moral theology.

CNL657 Canon Law and Ministry, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Canon Law As Ministry: Freedom and Good Order for the Church by J. Coriden
Course description: Ministry of Canon Law, nature of Canon Law, rules in New Testament, theological context of the Ministry, situational context for the Ministry, freedom and good order in Church, Canon Law as science.

CNL658 Scriptures and Canon Law, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Canon Law by L. Gerosa
Course description: theological foundations of Canon Law, sources, methods and instruments of Canon Law, Juridical elements, the Law of the Sacraments, forms of ecclesiastical associations, institutional organs of the Church, the governance of Ecclesiae.

THP670 Pastoral Counseling, Ministry and Theology, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation by A. Purves
Course description: doctrine and pastoral care, the ministry of God, union with Christ, eschatology and ministry, the ministry of the Word of God, the ministry of the Grace of God, the ministry of the Presence of God, the ministry of the Reign of God.

THP672 Church Leadership, 3 credits – 3 hours
Textbook: A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership by Andrew D. Clarke
Course description: methodological questions of congregational leadership, hermeneutical questions, titles and status of leaders, power of leaders, tasks and responsibilities of leaders, tools of leaders, rhetoric and imitation.

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