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  FALL 2014 200 COURSE OFFERINGS

221-01 – Introduction to Biblical Literature – BROUWER – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am
Whether you have never read anything in the Bible before, or have been reading it all your life, this course is for you. For those to whom the Bible is a new read, you will gain basic knowledge and insights, as well as a comprehensive organizing scheme for understanding the Bible as a whole. For those to whom the Bible is an old friend, you will come to see its cohesiveness in larger segments, and gain new appreciation for the extensive and intensive relationship between Old and New Testaments. We will use a secondary handbook to help guide our way, and provide outlines and explanatory notes.

222-01 – Introduction to the Old Testament- BANDSTRA – MWF – 12:00-12:50 pm
222-02 – Introduction to the Old Testament – BANDSTRA – MWF – 2:00-2:50 pm

This course concentrates on the first part of the Christian Bible, also called the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, and is a survey of its contents: historical events, main characters, literary forms, and religious concepts. This course provides basic training in how to read a text that is more than two thousand years old and arose out of an ancient culture with very different conceptual and worldview structures than ours. Since this material is also essential background for understanding the New Testament, connections will be made throughout the course.

223-01 – Introduction to the New Testament – EVERTS – TR – 1:30-2:50 pm
This course is a study of the literature of the New Testament which will place special emphasis on learning how to exegete New Testament texts. We will particular attention to the New Testament witness to the historical origins of Christianity and examine significant issues that affected the beginnings of Christianity and are still relevant to the church today.

241-03 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 12:00-1:20 pm
241-04 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 3:00-4:20 pm

This course examines the nature, meaning, and history of the Church from the first disciple (Mary) up to the debates surrounding the Reformation. By drawing on the resources of both theology and history, we will explore questions about the nature of the Church, her authority and mission, how the Mystical Body of Christ is related to her institutional structure, how Christians have understood the relationship between Church and state, as well as how the Church, with her sinners and saints, has navigated the challenges of history and influenced culture.


241-01 – Introduction to History of Christianity – TYLER – MWF – 11:00-11:50 pm
This course explores the birth, growth and development of Christianity. We delve deep into how Christians lived, the struggles they faced, and the faith they articulated. Along the way we meet courageous martyrs, dazzling theologians, dedicated virgins, wilderness hermits, and fierce warriors. The course is both an introduction to Christianity as a historical Religion and a journey through the life of faith.

261-01 – Faith Seeking Understanding – HUSBANDS – TR – 1:30-2:50 pm
Using the Apostles’ Creed as an outline of faithful reflection upon the living God of the Gospel, with a careful reading and an informed discussion of classical figures and texts, this course represents a study of basic Christian beliefs about God, creation, humanity, evil, Jesus Christ, salvation, and the church.

264-01 – Christian Feminism – JAPINGA – TR – 12:00-1:20 pm
This course examines the role of women in the Bible and the history of the Christian tradition. It includes an overview of the contributions of feminist theology to the ways Christian think about God, Jesus, human nature, sin, salvation, the Christian life, and the church and ministry. Multicultural perspectives are included. The class ends with presentation on current issues such as women in combat or women in the media.

266-01 – Christian Love – HOOGERWERF – TR – 3:00-4:20 pm
This course invites students to explore the concept of love as a moral principle rooted in the Christian tradition and to critically assess a variety of voices and viewpoints related to the role of love in the Christian life. We will examine Christian love as it is expressed in relationship with self, friends, family, marriage partner, neighbors, enemies, and God. Among other themes explored are the relationship between love and sexuality, love and forgiveness, and the unique variety of loves that are part of human life and faithful living.

281-01 – Introduction to World Religions – WILSON – MWF – 9:30-10:20 am
281-02 – Introduction to World Religions – WILSON – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am

This course will investigate the basic tenets and practices of some of the major religions of four geographic sectors of the world. The investigation is divided geographically rather than thematically because of the nature of religion as it manifests itself in various regions. The same region may undergo changes as its locus shifts from its point of origin; we will note the continuity as well as the changes as we trace some religions across several of the geographic sectors. (Course includes a required lab.)

295-01 – Emmaus Seminar: Reconciliation – HUSBANDS – TR – 9:30-10:50 am
Emerging adults evidence difficulty in being able to distinguish between objectively real moral truths and individual perceptions those truths, this course seeks to provide Hope students with an understanding of the context, sources, and shape of the moral life with the aim of fostering a deep commitment to integral mission. Integrating liturgy, justice, reconciliation, theological anthropology and culture care, we chart the movement from learning, worship, to the pursuit of shalom. This course provides students with a compelling and coherent account of the moral order (setting, identity and vision) in which we have been called to faithful obedience and loving witness.
Note: enrollment in this course is limited to Emmaus Scholars.

295-02 – Choices and Changes – BROUWER – MWF – 9:30-10:50 am
How did Christian "doctrines" or teachings become what they are today? How did the church morph into the congregations and institutions that we are familiar with? It happened, historically, through "choices" and "changes". In this course we will review the history of the church in overview, not primarily to memorize all of the details and people, but to think through how Christian doctrines developed, and how church structures and denominations came into being. We will focus on "choices" that were made in times of doctrinal controversies, and "changes" that emerged from new opportunities or emphases that presented themselves.

295-03 – Heidelberg Catechism - W – 3:00-4:20 pm – 2 credits (elective)
Faculty: Mark Husbands, Trygve Johnson, Andy McCoy, Jack Mulder, Jared Ortiz, Jeff Tyler

For half a millennium, Reformed Christians have turned to the Heidelberg Catechism as a summary of faith and a guide for Christian living. The Heidelberg catechism offers us a perspective on Reformed identity and theology that is often missed: namely, a beautifully free, joyful and personal statement of the good news of Jesus Christ. This Seminar will explore the riches of the Catechism, its history, theology, and spirituality. It constitutes an invitation to both listen to the same Scriptures that inspired its authors and inquiry about the possibility of confessing this faith in the 21st century. Hope students and faculty will form a learning community in which they share from their reading, research, and discoveries.