Freshman Courses


1101 - Old Testament Hebrew

   (Credits: 6)

A study of the Hebrew language in order to master the basic principles of its grammar (orthography, morphology and syntax). Selected passages of the Old Testament are read. Fall and Winter Semester.

1102 - The Text of the Old Testament

   (Credits: 1)

A study of the transmission of the Hebrew text, the history and significance of the versions, and the practice of textual criticism. Fall Semester.

1103 - Introduction to Exegesis

   (Credits: 1)

A study of the principles and practice of interpreting the Old Testament in order to help equip the student for the task of exegesis. Winter Semester.

1204 - New Testament Greek

   (Credits: 6)

The grammar and syntax of the New Testament Greek is studied. Passages from the gospels, the Septuagint and Apostolic Fathers are read. Fall and Winter Semester.

1205 - New Testament Text

   (Credits: 1)

Attention is given to the practice of textual criticism with the aid of the text-critical apparatus of the Greek New Testament. The history and translation of the Bible into English is briefly surveyed and the requirements for and different methods of translating the Bible are discussed. Fall Semester.

1206 - Introductory Hermeneutics

   (Credits: 1)

A study of the history and the Reformed principles of the interpretation of the Scriptures. Attention is also given to some modern critical methods. Winter Semester.

1407 - Philosophy

   (Credits: 2)

After introducing philosophy and logic, this course surveys many key Western philosophical ideas and debates with a view to how they have affected theology and vice versa. The course closes with a study of Reformed philosophy, in particular the (Dooyeweerdian) Philosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea and the newer Reformed Epistemology of Alvin Plantinga, c.s. Fall Semester.

1408 - Introduction to Theology

   (Credits: 1)

This course explores what theology should be from the Reformed perspective. The starting point is A. Kuypers Principles of Sacred Theology. Topics discussed include the specific subject matter of theology, its relation to other disciplines, and the division of theology. Winter Semester.

1409 - Ecumenical Creeds

   (Credits: 2)

The study of the church’s creeds and confessions is also called symbolics. This course aims at a thorough knowledge of the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, including both their history and content. Fall Semester.

1410 - Three Forms of Unity

   (Credits: 3)

The study of the church’s creeds and confessions is also called symbolics. This course focusses on a thorough knowledge of the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort, the Reformed confessions which have become known as the Three Forms of Unity. Attention will be paid to both their history and content. Winter Semester.

1510 - Introduction to Diaconiology

   (Credits: 2)

Attention is given to Biblical Principles regarding the church and its ministries and offices, with special reference to the ministry of the Word. The students receive a brief introduction to the various subdisciplines such as Homiletics (study preaching), Liturgics (study of worship), etc. Fall Semester.

1511 - Homiletics I

   (Credits: 2)

This is an introductory course in the principles, history and practice of preaching, with special attention to important themes in Reformed homiletics such as Catechism preaching and redemptive-historical preaching. The students are introduced to the sermon preparation process. By the end of the course each student is expected to prepare and present a sermon proposal on an assigned passage. Winter Semester.

3513 - Catechetics

   (Credits: 2)

An introduction to the principles, history, and practice of Catechism teaching, with special attention to curriculum development and didactic methods for Catechism teaching.

This course consists of five modules which are spread out over the four years of the M.Div. program. Modules 1 and 2 are to be completed during the Freshmen year.