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School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMNT7023

Introduction to New Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

The New Testament is a collection of diverse writings that are central to Christian faith and life. This course will introduce students to the literary characteristics, historical context, and theological content of these writings and to the methods and approaches associated with the modern discipline of biblical studies.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Matthew Monnig, S.J.

ASYNCHRONOUS

ASYNCHRONOUS

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

CT500

Introduction to Theological Studies

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

SP24

This course provides a foundational understanding of academic research including knowledge of research and writing standards, proper citation and use of sources, understanding and avoiding plagiarism, and introduction to theological reflection as part of the research process. Offered every fall, spring, and summer.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Perez, Jahdiel

W

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

MC670

Empowering Marginalized Church Groups

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Sanders, Alvin

Module 1: Feb. 2-3; Mar. 1-2; Apr. 5-6

Fri 6:30-9:30pm; Sat 8:30am-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

OT511

Interpreting the Old Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the methods and principles of interpreting the Old Testament, so that they might become effective preachers and teachers of God's word. Must complete OT500, NT501, and OL502 before this course.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Day, Quonekuia

R

6:30-9:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: OL502 & OT500

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

SE632

Christianity and the Problem of Racism

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

Multiethnic and interactive class examines racism in terms of a black and white paradigm. A multidisciplinary analysis of this major social problem. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho-social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Hammond & Watkins

W

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CH/TH655

Great Confessions of the Faith

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

SP24

A seminar designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian church.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Isaac, Gordon

W

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CO611

Theories of Personality

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

An understanding and critique of the historical and contemporary theories of personality development.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Mason, Karen

R

1:30-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

MC701

Pastoral Ministry

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Examines the roles and functions of pastoral work as designated in Scripture and various traditions. Ministerial identity and foundational pastoral tasks are discussed. Emphasizes practical aspects of pastoral
ministry.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Ribeiro Lin, Davi

M

9am-12pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

OT750/950

Old Testament Prophetical Books

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

A study of the institution and contribution of the prophets, including: critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Petter, Donna

Module 2: Feb. 9-10; Mar. 8-9; Apr. 12-13

Fri 6:30-9:30pm; Sat 8:30am-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: OT511

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

PR/TH646

Theology & Preaching

BTI Category

Semester

Preaching, Liturgy, & Ritual

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Arthurs, Jeffrey & Vidu, Adonis

M

9am-12pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: PR601 or ThM

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

SF620

The Life of Prayer and the Beauty of God

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Adams, Gwenfair

R

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

WM662

NGOs and Development in Mission

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

The course is an overview of the role of non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and development in Christian mission. It covers biblical, theological, historical, and current perspectives on the global trend toward integration of development and mission. The course also looks at the role of globalization in the spread of the gospel. It examines plans made by Christians to alleviate social problems.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Johnson, Todd

TR

8:00-9:25am

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

AM-551

Quran Recitation/Tajweed II

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

This course is designed for Muslim leaders, chaplains and anyone who is interested in learning/improving the Qur'anic recitation. Students will gain important knowledge on recitation of the Qur'an. In this course, the instructor will continue focusing on the correct pronunciation of Arabic letters and words with consistent application of tajwid rules. Once students understand and are comfortable with the application of the tajwid rules s/he can complete recitation of the entire mushaf at a better and faster pace more independently, in sha Allah.

This is the second phase of the Qur'an Recitation/Tajwid course. In the spring semester, we will be continuing tajwid lessons and reading Qur'an. The first part of the class will be teaching tajwid rules and the second part is for group tilawah - teacher reads aloud and students repeat after the teacher. There will be time for listening to the students' recitation, as well.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Okan Dogan

W

7-9:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: Quran Recitation/Tajweed I

School

Hartford International

DI-513-2

Introduction to Shia Traditions, Beliefs, and Practices

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

This course surveys the development of Shia Islam against the backdrop of major events and developments, views on succession after the Prophet, the formation of the caliphate, and the key Shia notion of Imamate. Various forms of early Shias will be introduced, including the Imamis, Zaydis, and Ismailis. Consequential developments in Iran and Iraq as well as the Fatimid Shia caliphate, which extended from Egypt and North Africa to Yemen and reached as far as India, will be studied through the prism of doctrine as well as art. The rift caused by the launch of the Crusades from the west and then by the coming of Mongol armies from the east will be addressed. The peak of Shia revival during the early modern period will be discussed in terms of religious and non-religious learning, especially related to architecture and trade. In addition, this course also discusses the importance of the Shia in the world today. At the end of the course, students will have acquired a broad understanding of Shia beliefs, practices, and traditions - as manifested geographically from medieval Spain to contemporary Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and North America.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices

Professor

Class Day & Time

Hossein Kamaly

R

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

ET-631-2

Environmental Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

The Native American “Tale of Two Wolves” tells of two evenly matched wolves in a battle. One is evil – greedy, arrogant, lying, and full of fear. The other is good – filled with love, hope, compassion, and integrity. The question is: which one will win? The sage’s answer: the one we feed.

The study of environmental ethics can easily devolve into a spiral of pessimism, given the unprecedented challenges we face regarding the climate crisis and other ecological threats to the well-being of our planet. We are tempted to “feed the wrong wolf” and give into despair and a fatalistic resignation. Therefore, we will explore religious, philosophical, and environmental perspectives to help us understand the roots of the crises, as well as search for resources to help us “feed the good wolf.” This course will equip students to work toward faith-based approaches to environmental ethics focused on justice and building community.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Islamic Studies Elective
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Pathway Elective
MAP - Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Lisa Dahill

R

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

LG-562

Introduction to New Testament Greek II

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

SP24

A continuation of LG-561, Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part I. Pre-requisite: LG-561 or permission of the instructor.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Edward Duffy

MW

4-5:45pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

RS-536-2

Religion as a Social Phenomenon: The Sociological Study of Religion

BTI Category

Semester

Sociology/Ethnography/Research Methods

SP24

All religion is a social phenomenon. Although faith has a private dimension, human beings experience religion in groups or through forms created by social organizations. Every religion creates and is maintained by institutionalized rituals or concrete organizational forms. Professed beliefs are passed down by religious traditions, and ideally, these beliefs have consequences for one's social behavior. Religious life has spawned times of war and times of peace; changed human beings and human history. Each of these social dimensions of religion can be investigated with the research methods of the social scientist. Much can be learned about religion from a sociological perspective, from reading classical sociological theories of religious organization and practice including those of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices of the Christian Faith

Professor

Class Day & Time

Scott Thumma

Asynchronous

Asynchronous

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

SC-522

Hebrew Bible Survey

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

This course will examine the content and theology expressed in the Hebrew Bible. We analyze scripture using historical-critical methodologies that consider the biblical material in light of its ancient Near Eastern context. We also investigate how the Hebrew Bible has been interpreted by different faith communities.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Scripture
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Pluralism
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective (in consultation with Program Director)

Professor

Class Day & Time

Deena Grant

T

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

TH-575

Buddhist Diversity in the U.S.

BTI Category

Semester

Buddhist Studies

SP24

This course provides a broad overview of Buddhist history, teachings, texts, and practices; surveys Buddhist diversity in the United States; and offers Buddhist resources useful to chaplains of any faith. Students will read, view, and reflect on weekly assignments, and will meet online in real time with the instructor at regular intervals to discuss students' questions and insights.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Wakoh Hickey

M

4-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PATR 7150 Z1

The Filioque in the Byz. Fathers

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

SP24

From St Photios in the ninth century to St Mark of Ephesus in the fifteenth, the Fathers of the middle and late Byzantine periods dedicated a great deal of their theological output to the issue of the Filioque--the Latin doctrine (rejected by the Orthodox Church) that the Holy Spirit proceeds "also from the Son." This course examines this facet of the Orthodox patristic tradition, from the early Fathers through the Council of Florence, with special attention to the events surrounding the Council of 879, the anti-Latin polemics surrounding the Council of Lyons in 1274, and the hesychast theology that developed in the wake of St Gregory Palamas.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Dr. Tikhon Alexander Pino

TBD

TBD

Grading Option

L/PF/AUD

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

ASYNCHRONOUS/ONLINE

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

OLDT 7301 Z1

Christ in The Old Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

Christ's birth, life, crucifixion, and glorious resurrection were all prophesied centuries earlier in Old Testament times. This course aims to reconstruct the prehistory of Christ or the Old Testament messianism as it unfolds in the Pentateuch, Psalms and Prophets. Selected messianic texts will be interpreted in the light of patristic traditions with references to modern scholarship as well. Satisfies OT Exegesis.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

ASYNC

ASYNC

Grading Option

L/PF/AUD

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

ASYNCHRONOUS/ONLINE

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8126

Synodality and Reforms in the Church Today

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

SP24

This Course explores the theological and pastoral roots of Synodality as a consequence of the process of reception and deepening of the Ecclesiology of the People of God in the Second Vatican Council. In this context, Pastoral conversion and Synodal conversion are key to understand today`s ecclesial proposal of an inverted pyramid that overcomes clericalism and leads to a new way of proceeding in the Church that starts from below, from the sensus fidei fidelium, and then upwards. From this perspective, we are entering in a new phase in the reception of the Council and a renewed ecclesiology, an event that involves the reform of structures and processes. This demands a conversion in the ecclesial mentality, a revision of lifestyles, practices of communal discernment, and structural reform. Therefore, the course will present synodality as a constitutive and constituent note of the Church that embraces a major reform.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Rafael Luciani

ASYNCHRONOUS

ASYNCHORONOUS

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

A course in Church or Ecclesiology

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

MC621

Living Systems in the Urban Context

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Treats problems of communication in the city, using models of cross-culturalism from cultural anthropology. The city is discussed as a complex system, and significant urban social problems are highlighted. Specialists in various areas of the urban environment will address the class. Courses meet in Boston.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Bass, Jeffrey

R

6:30-9:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

MC683

Compassionate & Holistic Youth & Family

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Ward, Virginia

T, alternating weeks

6-10pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Boston

SE571

Christian Ethics & Social Issues

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

Seeks to develop the student's theological-ethical reflections, social analysis, and types of action for ministering to crucial social issues. Our three-step approach will be: 1) clarification, 2) conceptualization, and 3) confrontation. Issues include: urbanization, economic justice, and environmental ethics.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Price, Thomas

Module 1: Saturdays Feb. 3; Mar. 2; Apr. 6 (plus 1 Saturday)

TBD

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CH/SF591

Dynamics of Spiritual Life

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Adams, Gwenfair

T

1:30-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CL/WM615

Cross-Cultural Leadership

BTI Category

Semester

Leadership Formation & Ministry Skills

SP24

Different leaders have different skill sets and competencies. This individual-level variance is coupled with external factors: cultural & social environments present different demands, limits, rights, and processes. Though all leaders have unique gifts, they must be able to work within the boundaries of such variants. The focus of this course is the study of leadership, specifically learning how to lead in cross cultural contexts. The course is designed to help students reflect deeply on their cultural values, evaluate one's leadership focus, and analyze (with peers) their own leadership failures.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Cho, Eun Ah

Module 1: Feb. 2-3; Mar. 1-2; Apr. 5-6

Fri 6:30-9:30pm; Sat 8:30am-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

ET/TH651

The Theological Ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Isaac, Gordon

R

1:30-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

OL912

Aramaic

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

SP24

A study of the grammar of biblical Aramaic, followed by a reading of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel, as well as short extra-biblical Aramaic texts.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Stuart, Douglas

M

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: OL502

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

PC511

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

SP24

Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Ribeiro Lin, Davi

R

6-9pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

SYNCHRNOUS

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

PR706

Preaching and Disability

BTI Category

Semester

Preaching, Liturgy, & Ritual

SP24

Course description not available.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Batten, Patricia