LOCATION: ABGTS Hong Kong Office
Flat C&D, 4th Floor, Wai Fat Building
96-102 Hak Po Street, Mongkok
Kowloon, Hong Kong
THE FIELD OF OLD TESTAMENT
All students majoring in the Field of Old Testament must have a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew based on a minimum of six semester hours. For students majoring in Old Testament, 110-101, 102, and 113 are required core courses. Electives in the major field (six hours) are to be chosen from at least two areas.
110-101, 102 GUIDED READING IN THE FIELD OF OLD TESTAMENT (2 hours)
Required of all majors in OT, this seminar seeks to orient the student in a general understanding of several areas: Archaeology, Language, Theology, History, and Literature.
110-105 WISDOM (2 hours)
The role of wisdom within the total Old Testament revelation. A study of the interaction of wisdom with prophecy and law. A study of the interaction of Job and Ecclesiastes with the orthodox wisdom of proverbs.
110-107 PROPHETS OF THE 8TH CENTURY (2 hours)
A study of the background and main message of the prophets in the 8th century B.C. with a focus upon their use in the practice of ministry.
110-108 PROPHETS OF THE 7TH CENTURY (2 hours)
A study of the background and main message of the prophets in the 7th century B.C. with a focus upon their use in the practice of ministry.
110-109 PROPHETS IN EXILE (2 hours)
A study of the background and main message of the prophets in the Exile with a focus upon their use in the practice of ministry.
110-110 PROPHETS OF THE POST-EXILIC PERIOD (2 hours)
A study of the background and main message of the prophets in the post-exilic period with a focus upon their use in the practice of ministry.
110-112 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY (2 hours)
An overview of problems and methods in doing OT Theology. A survey of several prominent and differing approaches: Koehler, Vriezen, Jacob, Eichrodt, Von Rad, H.W. Robinson, Snaith, G.E. Wright.
110-113 HEBREW READING SEMINAR (2 hours)
Required of all majors in Old Testament. The purpose of this seminar is to sharpen the student’s ability and skill in working with the Hebrew text. Exegetical and grammatical analysis of selected readings from different genre of the Old Testament will be made.
110-115 PENTATEUCH (2 hours)
Survey of the History of Pentateuchal Criticism.
110-118 PSALMS (2 hours)
Kingship motif in the Psalter with reference to possibilities of special Yahweh Enthronement Festival; relationship to wisdom, to prophecy. Probe of Hebrew liturgy and worship.
110-122 GUIDED READING IN ONE AREA OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (2 hours)
This seminar seeks to orient the student in a more in-depth understanding of the area of his or her major concentration. Depending on the goals and needs of the students, this seminar can be offered in any one of these areas: archaeology, language, theology, history, and literature.
THE FIELD OF NEW TESTAMENT
All students majoring in the Field of New Testament must have a working knowledge of Koine Greek based on a minimum of six semester hours. For students majoring in New Testament, 120-101, 102, and 104 are required, core courses. Electives in the major field (six hours) are to be chosen from at least two areas.
120-101, 102 GUIDED READING IN THE FIELD OF NEW TESTAMENT (2 hours)
Required of all students majoring in this field. This seminar will seek to orient the student in, and give him or her a general understanding of the following areas of study in the field of New Testament: Archaeology, Language, History, Literature, and Theology.
120-104 GREEK LANGUAGE SEMINAR (2 hours)
Required of all majors in New Testament. The purpose of the seminar is to sharpen the student’s ability and skill in working with the Greek text. Exegetical and grammatical analysis of selected readings from different parts of the New Testament.
120-109 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (2 hours)
An exegetical study of the Fourth Gospel with particular attention to its literary structure, life situation, theology, and application to today’s church.
120-113, 114 THE PARABLES OF JESUS (2 hours)
An inquiry into the place of parables in the teachings of Jesus, together with a consideration of the special principles of interpretation utilized in the study of these parables. The course will include a detailed study and interpretation of selected parables.
120-115, 116 EPHESIANS AND COLOSSIAN (2 hours)
An intensive and exegetical study of the two epistles based on the Greek text. Study will include a review of introductory material. Exegetical and critical commentaries will be used for reference, and the student will prepare from the Greek text a paraphrase of each epistle.
120-117, 118 THE CORINTHIAN LETTERS (2 hours)
Attention will be given to such introductory matters as date, authorship, occasion, and purpose. Following this, an intensive study of these two epistles will be made, with consideration given to a comparison with the writings of Paul and other New Testament writers. Exegetical work will be based on the Greek text.
120-119, 120 THE GOSPEL AND MINISTRY (2 hours)
A seminar designed to study passages from the Gospel and their direct relation to Christian Ministry today in its many aspects of contemporary life.
120-122 NEW TESTAMENT HERMENEUTICS (2 hours)
a consideration will be made of what has and is being done throughout history from the Jewish interpretation to the twentieth century. In addition to consideration of general hermeneutical questions such as language, history, lexicography, culture, and context; special hermeneutics (e.g. simile, metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, poetry, proverbs) will be addressed. Current issues in biblical exegesis will be concluded by a consideration of the practice of exegesis in application of principles to selected texts.
120-124 INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT LITERATURE (2 hours)
An introduction to the resources and tools necessary for the study of the New Testament. This course will deal with: (1) an evaluation of relevant bibliography and bibliographical tools (i.e., Greek texts, concordances, lexicons, grammars, journals, Festschriften); (2) leading scholars and their major contributions; (3) perennial and contemporary issues in New Testament studies; (4) the relationship of New Testament literature to other biblical and extra biblical primary sources (e.g., Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; rabbinic, Gnostic apostolic Fathers); (5) the formation transmission, and translation of the New Testament (i.e., a brief introduction to textual criticism and the formation of the cannon); and (6) a survey of some representative New Testament introductions (e.g., Guthrie, Kummel, Foerster, Marxsen, etc.) and an analysis of their distinctive approaches.
120-125 NEW TESTAMENT BACKGROUNDS (2 hours)
This course is an introduction to the study of New Testament backgrounds--its literature, its culture, its contribution to the interpretation of the New Testament. The student will be introduced to the key bibliographical resources and the key issue of developing an appropriate methodology for discovering and evaluating environmental parallels.
120-126 HEBREWS (2 hours)
An exegetical study of the Epistle to the Hebrews with particular attention to the book’s grammar and syntax, historical setting, theological themes, and message for the contemporary church.
THE FIELD OF THEOLOGY
For students who major in the Field of Theology, 140-101, 102, and 125 are required core courses. Of the three elective courses (six hours), at least one must be chosen in the area of Historical Theology at least one from the area of Contemporary Theology.
140-101, 102 GUIDED IN THE FIELD OF THEOLOGY (2 hours)
This seminar will seek to orient the student in, and provide a general understanding of the following areas in the Field of Theology: Classical Theology, Baptist Theology, Asian Theology, and Contemporary Issues in Theology.
140-110, 111 STUDIES IN NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY (2 hours)
Directed reading, research, and discussion in the field of New Testament Theology. A survey of the theological content of the New Testament material--Synoptic, Johannine, Pauline, and Jewish-Christian, by means of the interpretive tools of New Testament Theology.
140-112 BIBLICAL ETHICS (OLD TESTAMENT) (2 hours)
Directed reading, research and discussion in the Old Testament materials dealing with the basic presuppositions and principles of Christian Ethics. Special attention directed toward covenant, prophetic, and wisdom materials.
140-113 BIBLICAL ETHICS (NEW TESTAMENT) (2 hours)
Directed reading, research, and discussion in the New Testament materials dealing with the basic presuppositions and principles of Ethics. Special attention directed toward the teachings of Jesus, Paul, and the early church.
140-114, 115 CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS (2 hours)
Directed reading, research, and discussion in the field of Christian Apologetics. Introduction to the nature, history, major current approaches and methods of Christian Apologetics. Special attention directed toward current issues relating to authority and knowledge; religious language and Biblical Hermeneutics; science and faith; evil and suffering; and history and faith.
140-116 THE HOLY SPIRIT (2 hours)
Directed reading, research, and discussion in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Special attention will be given to biblical materials and the current charismatic movement.
140-117 ESCHATOLOGY (2 hours)
Directed reading, research, and discussion in the Christian doctrine of eschatology. Emphasis will be placed upon the biblical development. Current options in eschatology will be explored.
140-125 METHODOLOGY IN THEOLOGY (2 hours)
The study of the methods of formulating theology which is relevant to the Asian Context.
THE FIELD OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY
For students majoring in Practical Theology, 150-101, 102, and 129 are required core courses. Six additional hours in this field are free electives.
150-101, 102 GUIDED READING IN THE FIELD OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY (2 hours)
Required of all students majoring in the Field of Practical Theology. There will be a general orientation in the field of Preaching, Worship, Evangelism, Church Growth, Pastoral Ministries, and Church Administration.
150-103 STUDY OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS: PAST AND PRESENT (2 hours)
An analysis of sermon communication from the preaching masters. Special emphasis is upon the modern era. Research into local communicators’ technique, style, method, etc.
150-106 CHURCH STRATEGY FOR EVANGELISM (2 hours)
A study of the church in evangelism in previous generations. An analysis of a contemporary local church community toward developing church based evangelism.
150-108 COUNSELING IN THE MODERN CONTEXT (2 hours)
The course will study modern counseling methods, the local context and seek to establish appropriate relationships. The growth of church counseling will be reviewed.
150-112 HISTORY OF WORLDWIDE EVANGELISM (2 hours)
Course to focus upon God’s movement among the nations of the world since Pentecost. Special emphasis in research on Asian evangelism in selected countries from 1850 to the present.
150-113 CONTEMPORARY EVANGELISM STRATEGY (2 hours)
Course to focus on Asian strategy of outreach with regard to special areas, e.g., Urban evangelism in the cities of the Orient; evangelism for the towns; rural evangelism.
150-114 DEVELOPING EVANGELISM STRATEGY (2 hours)
Course to focus on review of present strategies in various aspects and areas of the world. To develop a current local strategy to put into effect within an Asian area.
150-115 COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE IN THE MODERN WORLD (2 hours)
A study into the nature of the Christian message; analysis of the goals desired in preaching; and analysis of twentieth century methods of communicating the message.
150-116 THE SERMON WITH REGARD TO CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (2 hours)
The course will study contemporary issues in society calling forth prophetic note.
150-117 THE SERMON AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (2 hours)
The course will develop into local cultural patterns, Art, Music, Literature, in an effort to understand, to build more effective sermons to utilize the above to reach people.
150-118 EXPANDING CONCEPT OF PASTORAL CARE (2 hours)
The course will focus upon the literature of pastoral care and seek to develop an expanded concept of caring for the Asian cultural context.
150-119 PASTORAL CARE OF SPECIFIC GROUPS (2 hours)
One of the several groups, such as: aging, youth, dying, family, etc., may be studied to change skills and develop new avenues of effective ministry in the Asian context.
150-120 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (2 hours)
The course will focus upon the principles of good administration and seek to assist the student in utilizing effective administration for creative use of time, developing people, and training efficiently.
150-121 THE CHURCH IN ITS MISSION (2 hours)
An examination of the nature of the church: its role in modern Asian society; the expansion of the church into non-Christian locales.
150-122 THE CHURCH IN RELATION TO SOCIETY (PASTORAL THEOLOGY) (2 hours)
Several areas will be studied: the church and mental health; the church and urbanization (or as local situation would elicit); the church and technology; the church and crisis.
150-123 DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING (2 hours)
This course will look at the pastoral role in training. Programs of training and development will be studied in order to provide the student with skills to initiate a discipleship training program in the student’s own church.
150-124 ADMINISTRATION BY OBJECTIVES (2 hours)
An investigation and review of current literature and application of management by objectives, including contingency management theory. Attention will be given to an administration by objectives systems design of a church of a church-related institution.
150-127 THE NATURE AND TASK OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (2 hours)
The seminar is a reflective and integrative approach to the nature and task of Christian ministry. The seminar treats the theological, psychological, social, and functional aspects of historical and contemporary Christian ministry.
150-129 CONTEXTUALIZING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY IN THE LOCAL CULTURE (2 hours)
The student will identify and investigate the total spectrum/scope of Practical Theology. He or she will identify and be conversant with both standard and current literature in each area. He or she will identify areas of concern related to his or her own culture and be able to offer both creative and practical insights for effective ministry in his or her country. Standard and current literature will be surveyed. Areas of concern relative to local culture will be identified. Insights for effective ministry will be offered.
THE FIELD OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
For students majoring in Religious Education, 160-104, 108, and 100 are required, core courses. Four additional hours in the field are free electives.
160-104 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (2 hours)
An analysis of the contribution of the various philosophers to the field of educational philosophy. Educational implications of each philosopher from the Judeo-Christian era to the modern educational era will be analyzed and evaluated.
160-105 CURRICULUM FOUNDATION (2 hours)
A brief study will be made of the place and formation of the objective of Christian religious education. This will be followed by a thorough survey of curriculum theories, models, problems, and trends. A survey and analysis will be made of lesson material of selected models from different denominations.
160-106 PHILOSOPHY OF LEADERSHIP (2 hours)
A comprehensive study of the principles of leadership will be carried out. The human factor in leadership situations will be emphasized. Interpersonal and group relationships within leadership training programs on the church and the convention basis will be made.
160-108 PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING (4 hours)
An analysis of various approaches to teaching, tests and measurement, and organizing of experiences. The second half will be devoted to practice teaching and evaluation.
160-109 ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (2 hours)
Required of all students majoring in Religious Education. The student will make a comprehensive study of leadership and its application to relationships within the church. The student will seek to set up an adequate program of leadership training for the various organizations and needs of the church. The principles of group dynamics as well as the use of personal interactions through discipleship training will be studied.
160-110 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (2 hours)
An analysis of major educational theories will be made in the context of the Christian Education. These theories will be evaluated in the light of the gospel. Major emphases include personality and cognitive development, individual differences, theories of learning, instructional objectives, motivation, teaching methods, and transfer of learning.
160-111 ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION (2 hours)
A thorough analysis of the convention's various organizations found in the student's country will be made. The analysis will be compared with other church groups, including those in other countries. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of and plan for correlation of the organizations within the church. Stewardship and evangelism as promoted through these organizations will be emphasized.
160-112 PRACTICUM IN AGE-GROUP EDUCATION (2 hours)
The development of both Sunday and weekday age group programs in light of changing social patterns will be researched.
160-113 THE ADULT: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE ADULT YEARS (2 hours)
A comprehensive study of the maturation of adult life. Attention will be given to the various approaches of assessing adult behavior. Specific research will focus on the developmental tasks of the three major periods of adult life. The relationship between adult psychology and curriculum will be explored.
160-114 HISTORY OF BIBLICAL EDUCATION (2 hours)
A detailed study will be made of the educational institutions, activities, agencies, and selected personalities of both Old and New Testaments.
160-115 HISTORY OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (2 hours)
An investigation of religious education in medieval and modern times will be made. Special attention will be given to investigation of modern trends in both secular and religious education in the student's own country.
160-116 DEVELOPING INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEMS (2 hours)
Learners will utilize instructional technology principles to develop various instructional systems for use in various teaching contexts. Systems technology will be utilized as a basis for thinking about the teaching-learning process. Systems which emphasize individualized instruction will be given priority in study.
160-117 LEADERSHIP IN CHURCH PLANTING (2 hours)
An intensive study is made of current concepts of short-range, long-range, and strategic planning. The emphasis is on a workable philosophy, contemporary methods, unique problems, and available resources related to assisting churches as they develop a design for ministering.
160-119, 120 METHODS OF BIBLE TEACHING IN SCHOOLS OF ASIA (2 hours)
A study of Bible and Christian instruction in day schools of East Asia. Concepts of aims, learning, tests, and classroom procedures. An opportunity for practice teaching and evaluation of results.
160-121 THE ADULT LEARNER (2 hours)
Adult learning and teaching techniques for adults are the primary emphases in this course. Specific research will focus on the dynamics of adult learning, the adult learner in volunteer educational situations, motivation, factors that inhibit adult learning, conditions favorable for corporate learning, and the role of the adult learning leader.
160-123 STUDIES IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (2 hours)
A review of contemporary models of childhood education including Piaget, Erickson, and Bruner will be conducted. Views of the above writers will be compared and contrasted with approaches and philosophy of childhood education in the student's culture as a means of designing meaningful education experience and organizing churches to accomplish it.
160-124 MORAL DEVELOPMENT AND VALUES EDUCATION (2 hours)
An investigation of the current literature regarding Kolberg's Moral Development Model with comparison to James Fowler's Faith Development Model will be made. A study of current literature in Values Clarification including selected Church Curriculum materials which have been designed following their principles. Students will evaluate the process of Values Clarification with values education carried out in his or her own context. A consideration of the implications for contemporary Christian education efforts in churches will be included.
160-125 PRACTICUM IN TEACHING (2 hours)
An elective course for students who wish to gain experience in teaching in the major field of their Th. M. or other graduate study. The practicum involves supervision by both the student's major professor as well as the professor of Christian Education. Weekly conferences will be conducted in order to ascertain progress in learning and developing skills in teaching and a content understanding.
160-126 HISTORY OF EDUCATION (2 hours)
A study of major developments in education from post-biblical time until the present.
160-127 RESEARCH AND STATISTICS IN MINISTRY (2 hours)
A study of research methods and statistical tools applicable to church and denominational work. The interview, questionnaire, and attitude scale are studied, as well as observation, testing, and sociometry. Opportunities to put theory into practice are offered throughout this course.
160-128 PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION (2 hours)
A study will be made of the psychological factors in programmed instruction, the major issues in the use of instructional plans in a church's teaching and training program, the role of instructional goals in teaching and training. Instructional plans which have significance for use in a church will be evaluated and tested.
130-107 RADICAL REFORMATION (2 hours)
A study of the radical wing of the 16th century Reformation with special attention to the Anabaptists, their thought and contribution.
130-109 BAPTIST HISTORY IN MAINLAND CHINA (2 hours)
An attempt to study the Baptist beginnings in mainland China and the development of the Northern Baptist, the Southern Baptist, the English Baptist, the Swedish Baptist, as well as the cooperative effort of the Chinese Baptist leaders and the missionaries in the formation of the Baptist denomination in the country from 1836-1942.
SPECIAL DOCTORAL SEMINARS
180-101 COLLOQUIUM IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (2 hours)
A colloquium on the theology and practice of Christian ministry in Asia led by various members of the faculty. Students will formulate a theology and comprehensive program of ministry for the Christian bodies with which they are affiliated.
180-102 RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN (2 hours)
A study of the methods of research and the design of a research prospectus. Students will prepare a rough draft of a research prospectus.