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St. Mary's Seminary & University

Fall 2022 Courses

Fall courses will run from Thursday, September 1, 2022 through Monday, December 12, 2022. Students will have the options to register for in-person or online attendance for all fall courses. The regular registration period for Fall 2022 courses is July 11– July 22, 2022. Beginning 7/23/22, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect. (Note: Late registration is not applicable to new students). You may register in person, by fax, scan/email, or mail. In order to reserve a place in the course, the $85 registration fee must be submitted at the time of registration. A student must register for a course before the first class meeting. For more information, please see the Registration page. Forms are available on the Forms page.

(A Course Schedule Matrix is provided at the bottom of this page.)
PR = Prerequisite; CR = Co-requisite

BS600 Orientation to Biblical Studies
Thursdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr.Jennifer McNeel
PR = none.
An introduction to academic biblical studies, with attention to the nature and development of biblical literature, tools for research, and methods of interpretation (exegesis). This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS/BL611 Introduction to Hebrew I
Mondays, 7:00–8:30 pm & Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 pm, ONLINE ONLY
Fr. Paul Maillet
PR = none.
After learning the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation, the class proceeds with translating very simple phrases from the Tanakh (the Hebrew bible or Old Testament). By memorizing vocabulary and inductively learning how the language works through the superb, user-friendly textbook, the class learns how to translate Biblical verses increasing very gradually in length and difficulty.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS621 Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
Tuesdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Katherine Brown
PR/CR = BS600, TH601.
An introduction to the theological content of the Torah, Prophets, and Writings in their historical and social contexts, with consideration of critical methodology and major themes.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS/ES668 Jewish Christian Studies Course on Creation
Thursdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Rebecca Hancock and Rabbi Nina Cardin
This course will explore biblical texts on creation, various interpretations of those texts in Jewish and Christian traditions, and how those texts and interpretations have shaped theologies of creation. We will consider the implications of various theologies for understanding the relationship between humans and their place in creation, and how that informs ethical commitments and faith practices in different faith communities.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS690 Readings in Biblical Greek (1 credit)
Thursdays 4:15-5:15 pm
Dr. Michael J. Gorman
PR = one year of biblical Greek or classical Greek.
A one-credit course reading, translating, and analyzing 1 Corinthians. An additional goal will be to review and expand students’ knowledge of Greek vocabulary and grammar in order to become better at exegesis. Note: depending on enrollment preferences, this course may be online only.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS760 1 Corinthians
Thursdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Michael J. Gorman
A careful historical/social, literary/rhetorical, and theological analysis of Paul’s first canonical letter to the Corinthians as a letter that addresses both the ancient and the modern church, with special attention to such topics as Christ crucified as divine power and wisdom, counter-imperial existence, church unity, social status and social justice, holiness and sexual ethics, freedom and responsibility, love, worship, spiritual gifts, and the resurrection of the dead. Note: depending on enrollment preferences, this course may be online only.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

DM869 Healing Trauma (DMin students only)
Thur. Sept. 15. 6:00-8:30 PM/Fri. Sept. 16, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Thur. Oct. 13. 6:00-8:30 PM/Fri. Oct. 14, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Thur. Nov. 3, 6:00-8:30 PM/Fri. Nov. 4, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Thur. Dec. 8, 6:00-8:30 PM/Fri Dec. 9, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM

Dr. John Hayes
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
Almost every human being has been touched by trauma in some form, and so have many congregations, communities, and institutions. Therefore, all ministry occurs in the context of trauma. This course provides an immersion in understanding the spectrum and nature of trauma, along with its profound effects on the brain, psyche, and spirit. Students will be encouraged to consider the traumas in their lives and their contribution (positive or negative) to the way they do ministry. This course will equip the minister or pastoral helper to be a non-anxious presence, providing witness to suffering, and to assess the need for other kinds of care, including referral when indicated.
Full Course Description (“Green book page”)

H601 Early & Medieval Church History
Mondays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of the major theological and historical developments of the Christian church from the early church to the eve of the Reformation.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT/SP625 The Moral & Spiritual Vision of Wendell Berry
Mondays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Brian Volck
This course will explore the essays, fiction, and poetry of one of America’s finest living authors, Wendell Berry. We will consider the moral, spiritual, social, and ecological dimensions in the thought of this singular and prolific writer. Special attention will be devoted to themes of embodiment, health, food, community, peacemaking, creaturely limits, and care of the land. In-class activities will include close reading of texts, group discussion, video/slide programs, conversations with guest speakers, and student presentations.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT601 Foundations of Christian Ministry
Mondays 6-8:30 pm, ONLINE ONLY
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
A survey of the biblical, theological, and spiritual foundations of ministry, and of the expression of lay and ordained ministry in various Christian traditions.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT719 Crafting the Sermon
Tuesdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Tony Hunt
A practical introduction to preaching and methods of developing sermons from conception to delivery. The course examines various methods, styles, and perspectives on preaching through the study of best practices, reflection, shared experience, and practical application, with the delivery of three sermons.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SS836 First Corinthians as Christian Theology
(STL students; CAS & MAT students by permission only)
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 pm
Dr. Michael J. Gorman
This is an advanced seminar for STL students on the theological dimensions of 1 Corinthians. With the instructor’s permission, it is open to CAS students and advanced MAT students in the E.I. The seminar will examine the letter for its contributions to theology proper (the doctrine of God), Christology, pneumatology, Trinitarian theology, ecclesiology, soteriology, eschatology (including the resurrection of the dead), sacramentology (baptism and Eucharist), and the theology of ministry, justice, human sexuality and marriage, love, and spiritual gifts. The seminar is scheduled to be held in person, but a virtual option may be possible.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST601 Foundations of Systematic Theology
Thursdays 6-8:30 pm, ONLINE ONLY
Dr. Mark Gorman
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of basic theological topics, such as revelation, the Triune God, sin and grace, Christ, salvation, and the church, with attention to theological method and historical development.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST693 Readings in Systematic Theology (1 credit)
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm, ONLINE ONLY
Dr. Mark Gorman
In this course we will explore theological dimensions of Scripture by reading and discussing Augustine’s Teaching Christianity and Esau McCaulley’s Reading While Black. Students and the instructor will meet weekly by Zoom for an hour.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH601 Introduction to Theological Study
Tuesdays 6-8:30 pm
Dr. Brent Laytham
PR = none.
An introduction to the study of theology, including what theology is and how theology is done. Students will develop the ability to read, think, and write critically and faithfully, through a focus on what Christians believe in common.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

Nazarene Theological Seminary courses available for cross-registration:

*If you are interested in taking a course at NTS, please contact Dr. Hancock. Cross registration at NTS requires Dean’s approval. 

Fall 2022 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BS/BL611 –  Hebrew I (Maillet): 7:00-8:30 pm
BS621 – Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Brown) BS/BL611 – Hebrew I (Maillet): 7:00-8:00 pm BS600 – Orientation to Biblical Studies (McNeel)   DM869 – Healing Trauma (D. Min. only) (Hayes): 9:00 am-2:30 pm; see dates above.  
H601 – Early & Medieval Christian Church (Lloyd)  PT719 – Crafting the Sermon (Hunt)  ST693 – Readings in Systematic Theology  (1 credit) (Mark Gorman): 7:30-8:30 pm BS690 – Readings in Greek (1 credit) (Michael Gorman): 4:15-5:15 pm  
MT/SP625 –  The Thought of Wendell Berry (Volck) TH601 – Introduction to Theological Study
(Laytham)
  BS760 – First Corinthians (Michael Gorman)  
PT601 – Foundations of Christian Ministry (Fosarelli)      DM869 – Healing Trauma (D. Min. only) (Hayes): See dates above.  

    ES/BS – Jewish-Christian Study: Creation (Hancock)  
      ST601 – Foundations of Systematic Theology (Mark Gorman)