Online Undergraduate Courses


Biblical Studies

BLST 100 Bible Overview (Bible Exploration only) (3)

An overview of the basic content and most prominent themes in each of the canonical books, with special attention given to the unity that emerges from the biblical writings.

Note: This course is available only through the Bible Exploration Series and cannot be upgraded for credit.

BLST 102 Old Testament Historical Books (3)

A survey of the biblical books from Joshua to Esther—narratives that record the history of ancient Israel from the period of the conquest under Joshua down to the time of the nation’s return from exile.

Note: This course is recommended as a prerequisite to BLST 205 Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom.

BLST 103 Gospels (3)

A study of the mission and message of Jesus as viewed from the perspective of one or more of the four evangelists, with special emphasis on developing interpretive skills and an introduction to current issues in gospel studies.

BLST 111 Old Testament Literature (3)

This course provides an overview of the Old Testament, emphasizing its theological, historical, and literary dimensions.

BLST 131 DE Seminar - Synthesizing Your Learning (Program Students only) (1)

In this seminar, students have the opportunity to synthesize their previous learning in a variety of areas, as well as explore how this learning might shape their future activities. Students are also prepared for their graduate interviews.

BLST 150 Understanding and Applying Your Bible (Bible Exploration only) (3)

This course covers the principles and practice of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible. Students learn and use the introductory skills needed for Bible comprehension and application.

Note: This course is available only through the Bible Exploration Series and cannot be upgraded for credit.

BLST 205 Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom (3)

A study of the six books in the Old Testament designated wisdom (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes) and poetry (Psalms, Song of Solomon, Lamentations). In addition to studying the content and message of each of these books, this course introduces students to the forms and rhetorical devices characteristic of poetry and wisdom in the Hebrew Bible and to the distinctive theology of Hebrew wisdom.

Prerequisite(s): BLST 102 Old Testament Historical Books is recommended

BLST 213 Hermeneutics (3)

A foundational course that includes both an introduction to basic hermeneutical theory and an emphasis on developing interpretive skills.

BLST 214 General Epistles (3)

A survey of Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, I, II, and III John, and Jude (the Catholic Epistles) that explores their historical setting, literary form, and theology.

BLST 230 Pauline Epistles (3)

A survey of each of the Pauline letters, with careful attention devoted to central themes and selected passages in Paul’s writings.

BLST 306 Romans (3)

A study of Paul’s letter to the Romans, with particular attention given to its historical setting, theological argument, and continuing significance for the church.

Prerequisite(s): BLST 230 Pauline Epistles

BLST 309 John (3)

A careful study of John’s story of Jesus and its significance. While the course has an exegetical focus, attention is also devoted to prominent elements in John’s theology and discussion of important critical issues.

Prerequisite(s): BLST 103 Gospels

BLST 310 1 Corinthians (3)

A study of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, with particular attention to its historical setting, its theological argument, and its continuing significance for the church.

Prerequisite(s): BLST 230 Pauline Epistles

BLST 325 Bible Origins: Text, Transmission, and Canon (3)

A study of the origin and transmission of the Scriptures, the formation of the biblical canon, and the methods of textual criticism.

BLST 425 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Literature: Psalms (3)

This course offers students an encounter with the vitality of the Israelite Psalms tradition. An exploration of various critical approaches to the study of these texts is accompanied by an investigation of the ways in which the Psalms have served as a resource for subsequent theological, literary, and liturgical traditions.