Biblical Studies

These are the approved St. Andrew’s College courses in Biblical Studies. Not all courses are offered every year. Please check the Current Course Offerings webpage. Elective courses offered through the Lutheran Theological Seminary and the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad are not included in this list of courses; please check with these colleges for their course offerings.

BA 101-102 Introductory Hebrew Grammar

Comprehensive introduction to the grammar of biblical Hebrew. Translation from Hebrew into English of selected Hebrew Bible passages. 

BA 110 Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures

A study of the whole Jewish Bible from the perspective of its formation as a canon of scripture in postexilic Judaism.

BE161: Introduction to New Testament

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the earliest Christian literature. Through a careful reading of the New Testament, the student will gain a knowledge of its content as well as the context in which it was written. This course has been designed for access online, so the course materials and resources will reflect the nature of online study.

BA 221 The Pentateuch

Prerequisite: BA 110 or equivalent

A study of Israel’s identifying story, its development, and the formation of the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. The issues of pentateuchal criticism will be considered. The bulk of the time will be given to close consideration of an extended section. Topic may change from year to year. 

BA 226 The Prophetic Books  of the Hebrew Scriptures

Prerequisite: BA 110 or equivalent

The origin and development of prophetic texts, and the formation of the prophetic canon(s). The bulk of the time will be given to close consideration of a part of the prophetic canon. Topic may change each year. 

BA 229 Feminist  Exegesis of the Hebrew Scriptures

Prerequisite: BA 110 or equivalent

The concerns of feminist critique, and the development of feminist biblical criticism. The bulk of the time will be given to a close consideration of a book or extended section, using the tools of exegesis and the lens of feminist concerns. Topic may change from year to year. 

BA 301-302 Continuing Reading in the Hebrew Bible

Reading of biblical Hebrew prose to improve speed and comprehension. Normally a two- semester sequence but may be taken for one semester by arrangement with the instructor. 

BA 329 Inner-Biblical Interpretation

Prerequisites: BA 110, or equivalent; and either a 200-level course in Hebrew Scriptures or BL 150, or equivalent

An examination of the interrelationships between texts in the Hebrew Bible. Various theories and models will be studied, followed by an in-depth analysis of a particular biblical book (or part of a book) and its relationships to other biblical texts. 

BA 340 Reading and Research: Hebrew Scriptures

Prerequisite: One 200 level course in Hebrew Scriptures

Special tutorials designated for senior students in consultation with their professor. 

BA 349 Thesis Writing: Hebrew Scriptures

BA 399 Thesis Writing: Christian Scriptures

BU 400 Graduate Seminar: Method In Biblical Studies

Prerequisite: Introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and New Testament, at least one 200-level and one 300-level Bible course, or approved equivalents to these, at least one introductory level biblical language.

This course is designed to give the graduate student an adequate understanding of current methodological discussion in biblical studies. The emphasis will be on methods which have been developed recently, or which have undergone major change in recent times. More traditional methods, which the student should already have encountered in exegesis courses, will also be reviewed.