The Pentateuch represents the heritage of the three major religions in the world: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Its narratives introduce us to God and His theocracy, to a nation and its understanding of the world, and most of all, to the interaction between God and his peoples as it is portrayed through the covenant agreement and the Low codes. This course is an in-depth study of the Pentateuch, emphasising the social-historical context, the message of the narratives, theological themes, and their implications for Christianity.
This course is a prerequisite to OTST 626 Advanced Biblical Hebrew. Hebrew Readings in the Hebrew Old Testament is designed to continue developing practical, working knowledge of biblical Hebrew so that the student can accurately interpret the Old Testament in its original language. As with any language, the interpretation of texts is a complex process integrating several categories of knowledge and skills, e.g. morphology, syntax, and lexicography. This includes vocabulary knowledge of Hebrew words used 100 times or more in the Hebrew Bible.
Prerequisites: OTST 550 Beginning Biblical Hebrew, OTST 552 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew or their equivalent.
The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the historical and critical issues in the study of the Gospels and to know the overall structure and interrelations of the four Gospels while being able to identify the unique theologies of and accurately interpret passages within the Gospels. Furthermore, the course prepares students to share the Gospels with others.
This course is a prerequisite to NTST 626 Advanced Biblical Greek. Given the significant role the New Testament writings have played and continue to play in the life of the Christian Church and in the wider Western society, mastery of the language in which they are written is a valuable tool in studying those scriptures and the Septuagint. The Greek Readings course aims to equip the students with adequate knowledge of Greek morphology and syntax to enhance their ability to engage in a more profound and extensive exegetical and hermeneutical study of scriptural extra-canonical texts. This course assumes a working knowledge of the NTST 550 Beginning Biblical Greek. It is designed to follow the beginning of speaking, listening to and reading classical texts. Prerequisite: ARBC 521 or equivalent.
Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics
This course discusses the biblical, historical, and theological aspects of the Christian doctrine of revelation and inspiration, focusing on their relation to knowledge and interpretation of truth. It also sets an epistemological ground for the way of doing theology.
Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology
A careful examination of key theological topics, with particular attention given to issues that may be particularly relevant to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa.
History of the Reformation and Modern Church
An overview of the Christian Church from the Reformation to present times, including the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the development of denominationalism, the Enlightenment and its influence upon Christian thought, and the influence of changing worldviews upon theology. Emphasis is given especially to factors, which influenced the rise and development of the SDA Church.
SDA Church Heritage
Church Leadership and Administration
A study of leadership theory and practice from various disciplines, as well as from the biblical perspective. The course also studies the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s financial and administrative structures and recommends church administration procedures.
Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture
An examination of church growth principles specialises in the pastor’s role as an equipper of members for service and evangelism.
This advanced course in preaching emphasizes the challenges and opportunities of working with--and preaching from specific and carefully targeted books of the New Testament. It intentionally focuses on developing practical strategies, methods, and skills in creating expository sermons from individual books of the New Testament.
The Church and Its Mission
A study of the theological foundations of mission and their actualization throughout the history of Christianity, with a special focus on the Seventh-day Adventist's current understanding and application worldwide, together with an evaluation of its impact.
Christian Professional Ethics
An inquiry into the field of professional relations, dilemmas, and decision-making within Christian ethics. Emphasis is on ethics that is informed by the calling, identity, and functions of the professional/ pastoral person from a biblical Christian perspective. The course addresses issues such as integrity, loyalty, conflict of interest, and the ethics of persuasion and preaching. In addition, ethical aspects of financial management, accountability, and responsibility are considered.
An in-depth study of selected issues having to do with the spiritual development of youth from birth to thirty years of age, with primary emphasis on persons of high school age and young adults. The course is designed to acquaint students with opportunities for ministry to and with young people in the Church, school, and home and develop plans and the skills needed to implement them.
Issues in Science and Religion
This course surveys areas of study in which Science and Religion interface, ways in which each discipline enhances our understanding of reality and how the claims of each appear to run counter to the other. The claims of traditional Bible-based Christianity about the origin and history of life and the claims of science will serve as a case study from which principles and illustrations will be drawn.
This course is a prerequisite to NTST 558 Readings in the Greek New Testament. Beginning
Biblical Greek is an introductory course in the Greek language, including topics in the alphabet, vocabulary, and main grammar rules to prepare the students with basic Greek Grammar that they may use in making a simple analysis of the New Testament in its original language. It is mainly designed as a prerequisite course for students in the Biblical studies area.
Introduction to the OT
Introduction to the NT
Beginning Biblical Hebrew is designed to lay the foundation toward a practical, working knowledge of biblical Hebrew so that the student can start to interpret the Old Testament in its original language accurately. As with any language, the interpretation of texts is a complex process integrating several categories of knowledge and skills, e.g. morphology, syntax, and lexicography. This course aims to equip the student with sufficient knowledge and skills, allowing the student to move on to Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. Each student is expected and encouraged to develop the skills and ability to read aloud from the Hebrew text with understanding, commensurate with the degree of difficulty found in the passage.
Early and Medieval Church History
This course overviews the development of the Christian Church from the apostolic times to the end of the Middle Ages. Special attention is offered to the development of the Church’s self-understanding of its nature and mission, structure, persecution, relation with the state and the world, theology and liturgy. A particular focus will be given to the development of the Church in Africa.
Pastoral Ministry and Church Policy
This course deals with selected topics in the ministries and duties of the pastor in church life and committee meetings.
Pastoral Care and Counselling
An intensive study of potential contributions of counselling to some of the more disturbing problems brought by members of a congregation to their pastors. Designed to enlarge the pastor’s acquaintance with the therapeutic approaches of various referral agencies.
Personal and Public Evangelism
Life, Work, and Writings of E.G. White
This course is designed to develop a philosophy and hermeneutic for interpreting the writings of Ellen G. White in the light of biblical and theological foundations for prophetic ministry.
Pastoral Ministry Practicum