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Biblical Studies Courses

The Biblical Studies Certificate Program currently consists of three courses, and will ultimately offer six foundational theological studies courses. Two courses will be offered each semester (three times a year). Please indicate interest in a course by using the Learn More About Biblical Studies request form on the Biblical Studies homepage (link). You can also sign up for courses through the Sign Up Now link.

2016 Courses

  • Biblical Hermeneutics (Spring, Summer)
  • Exegetical Methods (Spring)
  • Systematic Theology (Summer, Fall)
2017 Courses
  • Exegetical Methods (Spring)
  • Systematic Theology (Spring)

The Navigators' Biblical Studies Program will consist of six online courses which will be offered on a rotating schedule as they are developed, two courses per semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Because these are introductory courses, there are no academic prerequisites. However, participants must be able to:

  • Dedicate a minimum of four hours each week for the duration of the ten-week course
  • Have adequate bandwidth for video streaming and video conferencing
  • Agree to complete weekly reading and writing assignments and online interaction with the other participants
  • Purchase the required textbook before the course begins. (Videos, notes, assignments, and forums will be accessible online.)
You and your supervisor need to agree on the realistic nature of this time commitment. Supervisor approval is required for enrollment.

The tuition fee for each course is $200. You will also need to purchase one textbook. Additional reading assignments will be provided through the course website.


Course Descriptions

Bill Tell & Jim Mock

Biblical Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation applied to Scripture passages in light of their special nature. The field of hermeneutics is concerned with how we derive and assign meaning to communication. Biblical Hermeneutics investigates not only general principles and models of interpreting meaning, but also the special nature of the written Word as God-inspired communication, the history of how God’s people have interpreted Scripture, the impact of biblical literary genre on interpreting meaning, and the present significance of its meaning to Christian individual, corporate, and societal life, and to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations.

Jim Mock

Sharpen your biblical interpretation and study skills, and become more confident in your ability to rightly divide the Word of Truth through this course, which provides a basic overview of the principles and practices of biblical exegesis with special attention to the use of exegetical aids, such as dictionaries, lexicons, concordances, and critical commentaries. Assignments will focus on how exegetical decisions are made, and how we move from the exegesis of the text to our appropriation of it in life and ministry.

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The NT Survey course provides a general introduction to the New Testament writings, from the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation. Theological and missional contributions, distinctives, and interrelationships will be considered, as well as the authorship, date, historical context, occasion, structure, and purpose of each writing. Special attention will be given to methods of interpretation and relevance for contemporary ministry situations.

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This course provides a brief overview of the Hebrew Scriptures (in English) following the three-section division of the Hebrew Bible – the Law (Torah), the Prophets, and the Writings. Emphasis will be placed on each book’s origin and setting, content and form, and overarching themes in relation to contemporary life and mission. Occasional attention will be given to interpretive issues and theological concerns.

Stowe Campbell & Jim Mock

Explore Scripture from a different point of view by deepening your understanding of the grand themes of our Christian faith. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of systematic theology and of Christian beliefs. It will help you understand why you believe what you believe, and the historical background of foundational Christian doctrines. Our study will be built around The Navigators’ Statement of Faith, which includes statements related to Bibliology, Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and Pneumatology.

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This course provides a basic overview of the history of Christianity and historical theology from the post-apostolic period into the twentieth century. Attention will be given to the origins and developments of various expressions of the doctrines and practices of the historical church. Focus will be limited to the development of “Western” Christianity.