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Biblical Studies

 

I. Old Testament


KTC gives a special concern to Study of Old Testament in both historical and theological discipline. By approching the Old Testament historically and theologically, KTC wishes to bridge the gaps exists between the Biblical world and the contemporary world. The main goal of teaching Old Testament is to enable the students to develop a dynamic encounter with the Scriptures that will transform their world view and practical life.

OT 101, 102, 501 Old Testament Survey 1 & 2
This course aims to give an overview of the cannon of the Old Testament by learning its literal, historical, geographical and theological information.This course will help the students to grap the general view of the salvation history in the Old Testament. It covers the theological content of the OT. The place of OT expresses the total Christian canon an its impact on Christian life.

OT 102, 502 Historical Books (Former Prophets)
Historical books focus on how Israel becomes a nation: it began with a theocratic society. But it ended up in monarchist Kingdom. It traces how Davidic or Zionist tradition develop which had finally gone to Exiles.

OT 201, 601 Prophets
This course includes the meaning of the prophecy, the function of the prophets in Israel, and studying the major and minor prophetic books. The message of the prophets relate them to the NT as well as Christian life. The place of OT covers the total canon and its impact on Christian life. The part be played in the development of the religion of Israel and the true place in the story of the revelation between God to Man.

OT 202, 603 Poetics
Doctrinal, devotional and the teachings of Job, Psalms, Proverbs: Ecclesiastes and Songs of Songs. The literary structure of these books include the nature of Hebrew poetry, its use in the NT and in the Church.

OT 602 Seminar Pentateuch
This seminar is a survey of the history of Pentateuch criticism. Particular attention will be focussed on the work and the contribution of Gerhard von Rad and Martin Noth.

OT 302, 303, 602 Exegesis

  1. Genesis chapter 1 to 11 focusing on creation; man's responsibility or God's creatures; the failure to keep this mandate is sin that called for the judgement of God.
  2. Exodus I focusing on God, who is the God of Redeemer that cannot endure the oppression over one nation by the other; the task of liberation must be done by the struggle of both man and God; and how God becomes the God of Israel, and Israel becomes the people of God (Jahweh).
  3. Isaiah Chapter 40-55, focusing on the restoration or redemption of the exiled Jewish nation, by sending His annointed Persian King, Cyrus. This kind of faith is necessary for the Kachin, community, too.
  4. Job and Ecclesiastes focus on the Jewish philosophy of life and the theology of life; Kachin people is also in need of this life.


OT 304, 603 OT Exegesis
A study of exegetical methods and the exegesis of selected text as mentioned in Genesis Chs 1-11; Exodus; Isaiah 40-45; Amos; etc.

OT 302, 701 OT Theology
An introduction on the major themes in the OT such as God, Man, Redemption, Covenant. Creation, Human situation , Sin and Judgment. The students are introduced with the history of Old Testament study. Hence, the students are encouraged to develop their own position in Old testament theology.

OT 401,402, 702 OT Seminar
The current issues in OT theology and major themes of OT will be discussed through seminar presentation.It provides students the opportunity to lead the Seminar. It is a must for all students to participate in discussion and critics the presenters with a constructive attitude.

OT 301, 501/502 Hebrew Study
An introductory study in Biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc.

OT 403, 601 Hebrew Reading seminar
This seminar includes Basic Hebrew and reading Hebrew Text, required by all major in OT. The purpose of seminar is to sharpen the student's ability and skill in working with Hebrew Text. Exegetical and grammatical analysis of selected reading from, different genre of the OT will be made.

 

II. New Testament


NT 101, 501 NT Survey
An extensive study of the NT for the understanding and knowledge of the background and contents. This course provides the basic knowledge about the NT and the basic skills of reading and interpreting the texts.

NT 102, 502 Life and Teaching of Christ
A study of life, ministry and message of His teaching in the light of the first century Jewish culture. It also includes the overview of the history of Christological study throughout the history.

NT 102, 502 Acts and Ministry of Paul
A study of life and mission of Paul, includes Paul's missionary journey and how his mission expansion takes place through Asia Minor and Europe with Paul's missionary strategy.

NT 602 Pauline Theology
A study of life and ministry of Paul and of the contribution of his theology and thought as reflected in his writings. Pauline theology is studied from his Damascus-Christophany events and from a Christological perspectives.

NT 201, 602 General Epistles and Revelation
A a deep study deal with the General epistles and the book of Revelation by taking seriously the historical context, literary context, theological context and also from hermeneutical perspectives.

NT 301 Exegesis, NT 301 Mark
Introduction to exegetical method. An exegetical study of the life and teaching of Jesus as distinctive theology by Mark. Focus on structure, and theological relevance for the life of the Church.

NT 302 John
Introduction to exegetical method. An exegetical study of the Gospel of John; focus on Jesus' interaction with individuals and groups of diverse religious, economic, social, political and educational background with its relevance for today's Myanmar churches.

NT 303 Romans
An exegetical study of the letter to the Romans. Main focus is on the background, Paul's theology and the relevance for today's Churches.

NT 304 Hebrews
An exegetical study of Hebrews with special attention to its structure, place, theology and its historical, social context of the early church, the study of the Person and work of Christ.

NT 305 Revelation
An exegetical study of the NT apocalypse of John: Attention is given to socio-historical setting, purpose, cultural, religious contexts, the messages and visions to the Church.

NT 401, 602 NT Seminar
Seminar devoted to research in the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Prerequisite Biblical and theological studies.)

NT 401, 602 NT Exegesis :Roman
An introduction to exegetical method, including literary, form and redaction criticism. Practice of exegesis will be from various selected NT Passages, specific passages from the book Romans.

NT 401, 702 NT Theology
A study of the major themes of theology from the stand point of Biblical theology, the distinctive contributions of the biblical authors, and the unity and diversity of NT theology.

NT 501 & 502 Elementary Greek
Introduce the language and grammar of NT Greek: focusing on Greek basic grammar, vocabularies, and lexicon. Prepare to exegete the biblical text in its original Language.

NT 501 & 502 Greek Study
A continuation of the study of Greek I & II ; emphasizing on Greek grammar, Vocabulary, Lexicon and syntax from selected NT passages. Elementary Greek ( NT 501, 502 ) or equivalent prerequisite for attending this class.

NT 701 John
An exegetical study of the gospel of John, focusing on its literary, structure distinctive presentation of the life and teaching of Jesus and historical setting. Explore theological and practical implications of today's Church.

III. Gerneral Courses


BS 101 , 501 How come Our Bible
The story of how the books of the Bible were formed; how these books have come down through the centuries to us and a brief study of Bible translation into language among races of Myanmar.

BS 601 Hermeneutics
It is required for all students who concentrate on the biblical fields. This is a study of the principles and the methods of interpretation of the Bibles. The different hermeneutical approaches that have appeared in history will be evaluated and the other relevant disciplines considered with a view to helping the student develop a valid hermeneutical methodology.

BS 103, 503 Intertestament
This is a study of history and literatures of Intertestamental Period. It includes Apocryphal, Pseudoepigraphal , Apocalyptic writings and Dead Sea Scroll; Rabbinic Judaism between 300-5 BC; and how these books influence the Christian faith, even of Jesus Christ.

BT 302, 601 Biblical Theology
This course offers a deeper consideration of biblical teachings and principles. It will also encourage and help the students to apply his/her own theology based on biblical teaching of both Old and New Testament.

 
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