Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies

NZQA Level 5
240 Credits
2 Years Full-Time

May be studied part-time. Approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Recognition of Achievement

To earn the Advanced Diploma of Biblical Studies a student must have accumulated a minimum of 240 credits. A full-time Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies student will be enrolled in 254 credits. In recognition of achievement students successfully completing more than the minimum requirements will receive the following notation on their diploma certificate:
“Merit” (for 254 credits)
“Excellence” (for 254 credits with a minimum B+ average)

Curriculum (Continue Scrolling Below)

No. Title Credits Level Description
1110
English & Writing
3
4

This introductory subject on English and writing focuses on English grammar and the skills needed in writing papers at levels 4 and 5.

1120
General Biblical Introduction
5
4

As a general introduction to the Christian Bible, this subject gives attention to a general description of the formation of the Old and New Testaments.  An introduction to textual criticism aids students to be more informed about how to evaluate differing textual readings in the manuscript tradition of the New Testament.  Lastly, several English translations are evaluated.

1130
Genesis
6
5

This overview of the book of Genesis gives attention to the patriarchal narratives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by placing them in the historical, religious, political and social framework of the Middle Bronze Age period.  In addition, the literary qualities and themes in the book of Genesis are explored.

1140
Hermeneutics
7
5

As an introduction to hermeneutics, this subject gives an overview of some principles of biblical interpretation, explains some of the literary genres of the Scripture and surveys some aspects of biblical criticism.  In addition, attention is given on how to engage in the exegetical task.

1150
Christian Spiritual Formation
7
4

This subject encourages the formation of the Christian into the likeness of Jesus Christ.  The orientation of the subject focuses on the biblical principles of spiritual formation and practices related to spiritual formation.

1160
Greek 1
4
4

This subject is an introduction to the Greek language of the New Testament with attention given to the Greek alphabet, vocabulary and beginning Greek grammar.   In addition, a general orientation is provided for the use of Greek lexical tools located in the SPBC library.

1170
Survey of Biblical World 1
3
4

This subject places the Old Testament literature in the social, cultural and religious world of the Ancient Near East covering the period of the biblical patriarchs to Alexander the Great. In addition, it will also compare and contrast the God of the Bible with the deities of the people around Israel, giving a perspective on the uniqueness of Israel’s religious thinking

1180
Survey of Biblical World 2
4
4

This subject places the New Testament literature in the social, cultural and religious setting of the Greco-Roman world covering the period of Alexander the Great to the Destruction of Jerusalem.

1210
Old Testament Theology
7
5

This subject is an exploration of the Old Testament from a theological point of view. Some attention will be given to the history of the study of Old Testament theology as well as some of the difficulties in studying Old Testament theology. The subject looks at several Old Testament themes that include but are not limited to creation, blessings through Abraham, promise through the covenants, love through the Law, a shepherd for God’s people and how they provide the background for studying New Testament theology.

1220
Wisdom Literature & Psalms
7
5
This subject covers the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) and Psalms.  An emphasis is placed on the Psalms and Job with some consideration of the other books.  Attention is given to the rise of wisdom literature among the Israelites, its nature and purpose, its role in Israelite society, its connections with Old Testament theology, and how it is to be interpreted.  In addition, the discussion relates to how the study of wisdom literature and Psalms can be relevant for the life and liturgy of the church today.
1230
Exodus – Exile
6
5

This subject is an overview of Israelite history from the Exodus from Egypt to the Babylonian Exile in the 6th Century BC.  Although some attention is given to some of the religious, political, and social customs of Israel and her neighbours during this period, the focus is on an historical and chronological presentation of Israel as well as some major themes taught in the so-called Historical Books of the Old Testament.

1240
Pauline Literature 1: Galatians & Thessalonians
5
4

These Pauline letters are important for understanding the shape of early Christianity and provide a helpful introduction to Pauline theology.  In addition to the textual study of these letters, consideration is given to the historical and social contexts of these letters along with special attention given to themes of justification by faith and eschatology.

1250
Ministry Skills & Practicum 1
4
4

This subject is designed to provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate skills used in Christian ministry in a supervised context.

1310
New Testament Theology
7
5

This subject is an overview of several themes of the New Testament that may include but are not limited to theology, Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, eschatology, and anthropology.  Attention will be given to the different theological emphasis of the Pauline, Johannine, “catholic” writings, and the synoptic Gospels.  Challenges to reflect on the implications of theology in the life of the believer are also given.

1320
Scheme Of Redemption
5
5

This subject presents redemption as a central theology of the Scriptures. This includes an in-depth study of words and themes relating to the great theme of redemption.   In addition, God’s purposes in history are established as eternal and not casual and a theological perspective of humanity is offered.

1330
Post Exile – New Testament Background
5
5

As an overview of the Jewish people after the Babylonian exile to the death of Herod the Great, this subject gives attention to the emerging Judaism as the Jewish people react to their culturally, politically, religiously, and socially changing environment.  All of these changes provide the background for the New Testament.

1340
Synoptic Gospels: Mark & Matthew
7
4

This textual study of these two Gospels focuses on major themes that may include but are not limited to Christology and discipleship.  Some attention is given to the relationship between the Synoptic Gospels but the subject is oriented on how to read each Gospel individually in their respective social, historical and cultural settings.

1350
Pauline Literature 5: Pastoral Epistles
4
4

This exegetical study of the text of I & II Timothy and Titus highlights key themes and how some of these themes are especially relevant to the life of the church today.  In addition, attention is given to the character and role of leaders in the local church, particularly the role of the evangelist.

1410
Prophetic Literature 1: Isaiah, Jeremiah & Ezekiel
7
5

This subject is a historical and limited textual survey of the Major Prophets.  Attention will be given to the social and religious background as well as to the major themes in each of these books.

1420
General Epistles: James, Peter & Jude
4
4

This subject is a textual examination of the New Testament letters of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter and Jude. Special consideration will given to the nature of each epistle, specific issues that arise in conjunction with a study of that epistle, and the practical application of the epistles to the life of a Christian.

1510
Homiletics 1
4
4

This subject is an introduction to public speaking, preaching and teaching.  The focus is on the character of the speaker, the preparation and delivery of a message.  In addition, the importance of non-verbal communication, vocal variety and oral style in public speaking will be covered.

1520.1
Evangelism 1: Biblical Foundation of Mission
4
4

This subject outlines a biblical theology of mission.  Theological and practical implications of a missional approach to living the Christian life are also explored.  In addition, a focus on people and their journeys to faith is explored.

1530
Personal Development 1
3
4

This subject examines concepts to assist the student in understanding the basics of personal development from a Christian perspective.  Consideration is given to the human condition and need, worldview, motivation and personality.

1540
Homiletics 2
4
4

This subject considers topical, textual, expository and narrative approaches to teaching.  Attention is also given to specific public expressions of worship and how they are to be developed and delivered.

1550.1
Evangelism 2:Mission in Our Post-Modern World
3
4
This subject begins with the importance of contextualization for mission and evangelism followed with an overview of post-modern thinking and practice in contrast to the modern worldview.  In addition, attention is also given to ways the church can fulfill its call to share the good news in a post-modern world.
1560
Personal Development 2
2
4

This subject utilises interactive learning to challenge students in their understanding of self and what is required to effectively relate to others.

2110
Prophetic Literature 2:Minor Prophets
5
5

Prophets and prophecy in Israel are defined and described in this subject.  The corpus of books known as the Minor Prophets are individually studied with a focus on their specific historical backgrounds and message.  Attention is given to utilizing the prophetic material in preaching.

2120
Christian Evidences
5
4

This subject of Christian evidences embraces several areas of evidence for both the existence of God and the validity of Christianity.  This subject includes discussion on some of the philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the question of origins and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus.

2130
Church History 1
7
5

The spread, growth, development and impact of Western and Eastern Christianity from the 1st century AD through the period of the Reformation is outlined and discussed in this subject.  In addition, the background, leading figures, the spread and the impact on Western Christianity of the European Reformation is discussed.

2140
Ministry Skills & Practicum 2
4
5

This subject is designed to provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate skills used in Christian ministry in a supervised context.

2150
Greek 2
5
4

As a continuation of Greek I, this subject explores further Greek grammar, vocabulary and translation principles.  In addition, attention is given to the discussion on how knowledge of the Greek language is helpful for exegesis.

2210
Christian Worship
5
5

This subject seeks to cultivate a biblical understanding of worship through a careful reading of the Old and New Testament with a focus on early Christian worship.  In addition, this subject will also survey the development of Christian worship throughout Christian history.  Some attention will be given on theological reflection on how to implement healthy worship practice in the life of the contemporary church.

2220
New Testament Church
5
5

The nature of the New Testament church with an emphasis on its mission, worship, ministry, and leadership is outlined in this subject.  The subject will describe the New Testament church by showing the connection between Christ and the church through the varied metaphors used in the New Testament describing the church and Christ.  The subject will also explore the relevance of the church in the 21st century.

2230
Daniel
3
5

This textual study of the book of Daniel considers the historical background of the book and its place in the Old Testament canon.  In addition, attention will be given to the genre of apocalyptic literature.

2240
Johannine Literature
8
5

This textual study of the Gospel and Letters of John concentrates on the distinctive nature of the Johannine community as well as the distinctive theology of these documents.

2250
Hebrews Epistle
5
5

This subject outlines the argument of the book that Christ is superior.  Attention is given to selected themes that may include but are not limited to Christology, soteriology, angelology, covenant, and rest.

2260
Luke-Acts
7
5

This textual study of the Lukan literature of the New Testament focuses on Luke’s theological interests as he tells the story of the Christ and the Spirit-empowered community of faith.

2310
Christian Education
4
5

This subject is an introduction to the practice of faith formation in the local community of faith.  Attention is given to methods of teaching Scripture creatively and effectively in today’s contemporary culture.

2320
Pauline Literature 3:Corinthians
7
5

The unique situation and personality of the church at Corinth provides a window into many aspects of church life and the struggles that churches often face.  This textual study of Paul’s two existing Corinthian letters looks at the ups and downs of 1st century church life in a Greco-Roman environment and draws parallels to the common ups and downs of church life today.

2330
Church History 2
3
5

An overview of the historical and social backgrounds of the Stone-Campbell “restoration movement” in Europe and the United States and its development during the 18th and early 19th centuries is covered in this subject. Prominent leaders and events will be highlighted as well as documents that helped to shape the Stone-Campbell Movement (Restoration Movement).

2340
Pauline Literature 4:Prison Epistles
5
5

One finds in these theologically rich Pauline Epistles teaching on Christ and the church.  This textual study of these epistles focuses on each of the epistles’ structure, purpose, and themes.  Attention is also given to the situation in the Philippian church as background for exegeting and applying the teaching in the epistle.

2350
Crisis Counselling
3
5

This subject is an introduction to the process of crisis intervention.  In addition, different crisis situations that may include but are not limited to depression, suicide, death, and divorce are outlined.

2360.1
Introduction to Pastoral Care
7
4

This subject is an introduction to the work of pastoral care.  There is a focus on biblical models of helping others that includes characteristics of becoming an effective people helper.  Some attention is given to ways the local church can function as a helping community.

2410
World Faiths
5
5

This subject gives an introductory overview of several world faiths today that may include but are not limited to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism.  In addition, attention is given to the worldviews of naturalism, nihilism and existentialism.

2420
Pauline Literature 2:Romans
5
5

Considered to be the pinnacle of Pauline thought, the letter to the Romans is outlined.  Themes explored include but are not limited to justification by faith, law and election and sanctification and its outworking in the life of the believer.

2430
Church History 3
3
5

This subject explores the history of the arrival and impact of Christianity in the South Pacific/Australasia region.  Particular attention is paid to the arrival and development of the churches of Christ from the 19th century to the present.

2440
Introduction to Biblical Leadership
5
5

This introductory subject of leadership explores aspects of leadership in both the Old and New Testaments. Attention is given to principles of leadership as well as strategies for being an effective leader in today’s church.  Some attention is also given to managing conflict in the local community of faith.

2450 Revelation
7
5
The message and teaching of the Revelation is outlined and discussed in a textual study of this apocalyptic prophetic book.  In addition, the historical and literary background to the book is described as well as the nature and function of apocalyptic literature.
2510 Homiletics 3
4
5 This subject focuses on listening skills, feedback and visual impact and the effects of these communication cues on public presentations.  Consideration is also given to specific communication events such as funerals and weddings and meetings.  In addition, the seven laws of teaching are reviewed.
2520.1
Evangelism 3: The Missional Vocation of the Church
4
5

This subject explores ways the church can relate the mission of God to its mission.  In addition opportunities are provided to be actively involved in evangelistic events.

2530
Personal Development 3
2
5

This subject looks at how the individual person’s social, personal and theological identity affects one’s reactions to life experiences.

2540
Homiletics 4
4
5

This subject explains approaches to effective teaching of adults, teens and junior classes. Attention is given to interpersonal communication and the developing of imagination in teaching and preaching.  In addition, focus is given on developing and demonstrating communication skills in both anticipated and impromptu situations.

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