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B.A in Theology

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The Theology programme is designed for persons planning to enter the gospel ministry. The student will be accepted on a conditional basis, being required to demonstrate by scholastic performance and personal conduct, his/her aptitude and calling. An evaluation of the student by members of the theology faculty at the end of each school year determines the student’s continuance in the programme. A final exit interview at the end of the student’s programme will be conducted to determine the student’s fitness for employment into the gospel ministry. The following emphases are available for the B.A in Theology along with optional minors o Emphasis: Pastoral Ministry o Emphasis: Youth Ministry o Emphasis: Mission Ministry Minors: o Health o Religion o Biblical Languages Below are a sample of courses to be taken in the B.A in Theology programme

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Credits required for programme completion : 130
Length of programme : 4 years


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    | Core courses
    | Elective courses
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    | General education courses

  • RELB110: Biblical Backgrounds
    A study of the archaeological, cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments, with special emphasis on the period of beginnings and the patriarchal period.
  • RELB115: Hermeneutics
    An introduction to the presuppositions beneath various interpretive approaches to the biblical text, and application of the principles of interpretation to texts representing the various genres of the Old and New Testament.
  • RELB210: Jesus in His Time and Ours
    Prerequisite: RELT100 Details the mission, the message and the significance of Jesus Christ for His day and ours. What is it about the Christian story that captured the attention of so much of the world’s history? Also examines the connection between Christ’s First Advent and His Second Advent.
  • RELB214: Law and Writings of the Old Testament
    An introduction to the Pentateuch and the “Writings”.
  • RELB335: Acts and Epistles
    Prerequisites: BIBL311, BIBL312 A brief introduction to principles of New Testament interpretation; a study of Acts, the Pauline Epistles, Hebrews, and the General Epistles. Research paper may be required.
  • RELB406: Studies in Daniel and Revelation
    A study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books, with emphasis on the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols. Research paper may be required.
  • RELB476: Prophets of Israel
    Prerequisites: BIBL321, BIBL322, BIBL427 Includes the history of prophecy, the pre-writing prophetic figures, and the books of the writing prophets. Research paper required.
  • RELT100: God and Human Life
    The study of how God confronts human beings – includes the process of Revelation, principles of interpreting Scripture and similarly inspired material, the nature of God and His expectations for humans, and the evaluation of these concepts as presented in Scripture and the classic literature of various religions.
  • RELT225: Doctrines of the Adventist Faith
    Prerequisite: RELT100 Defines and clarifies the biblical doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, distinguishing them within the background of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • RELT250: Personal Spirituality and Faith
    Prerequisite: RELT100 A study of the biblical perspectives on the act of faith and the life of faith. How does a person begin and nurture one’s own personal spiritual and devotional life? Also studies the meaning of spiritual nurture in various lifestyles and work settings. Personal spiritual growth is fostered through involvement in organized church activities and/or witnessing outreach.
  • RELT326: Advanced Theology
    A systematic theological survey of the major doctrines of the Christian Church, from the doctrine of God to eschatology, as a means of establishing a sound basis for the Christian world view, and for intelligent faith.
  • RELT340 Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
    Considers how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Are there universal absolutes that cut across all cultural boundaries, or are all values relative? Designed to help students articulate what molded their value system, and what should help to shape it.
  • RELT340: Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
    Considers how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Are there universal absolutes that cut across all cultural boundaries, or are all values relative? Designed to help students articulate what molded their value system, and what should help to shape it.
  • RELT400: Theology Seminar
    Prerequisite: RELT326 Designed for the senior theology major as a means to address current issues and doctrines in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • RELT426: Ministry and Messages of Ellen G. White
    A study of the ministry and the writings of Ellen G. White. A student cannot earn credits in both RELT308 and RELT426
  • BIBL211: Beginning Greek I
    Covers elements of grammar and syntax of the koine Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, translation and reading from the First Epistle of John and the Gospel of John. Weekly lab required.
  • BIBL212 Beginning Greek II
    Prerequisite: BIBL211 Includes reading selected portions of the New Testament and instruction in intermediate grammar and syntax. Weekly lab required. A paper may be required.
  • BIBL311: Intermediate Greek I
    Prerequisites: BIBL100, BIBL212 An intermediate course in Greek to provide a fair working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language. Designed for continued application of the knowledge gained in Greek I and Greek II
  • BIBL312: Intermediate Greek II
    Prerequisite: BIBL311 An intermediate course in Greek to provide a fair working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language. Designed for continued application of the knowledge gained in Greek I and Greek II.
  • BIBL321: Hebrew I
    Covers fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew, including a practical vocabulary, an understanding of the grammatical structure of the language, and practice in translation. Provides ministers with a practical study tool.
  • BIBL322: Hebrew II
    Prerequisite: BIBL321 Develops reading ability in narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Continuation of work begun in Hebrew I in the understanding of the grammatical structure of the language; development of ability in narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible.
  • BIBL427: Hebrew Exegesis
    Prerequisites: BIBL321, BIBL322 Teaches application of the principles of Hebrew lexicography, grammar, syntax, and style, to the exegesis of selected passages of the Hebrew Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on practical and scholarly application of the text.
  • RELP230: Christian Witnessing
    Provides an acquaintance with the dynamics of Christian Witnessing in the neighborhood, at work, and in the friend-to-friend approach of personal Bible study. Christ’s example of witnessing is highlighted. Includes participation in crusades or other forms of field work.
  • RELP331: Homiletics I - Introduction to Preaching
    Lays the foundation for biblical sermon constructionand delivery.
  • RELP332: Homiletics II - Biblical Preaching
    Prerequisite: RELP331 Addresses the crucial nature of expository preaching, stressing proper principles of interpreting and applying the text to practical life.
  • RELP333: Homiletics III - Advanced Biblical Preaching
    Prerequisite: RELP332 Explores further methods of expository preaching such as narrative, inductive method, and examining great themes of the Scriptures.
  • RELP334: Homiletics IV - Evangelistic and Special 1 Events Preaching
    Prerequisite: RELP333 Addresses the needs of special events such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, communion services,dedications, ordinations, public addresses for graduations, etc., and/or such secular occasions as speaking at the Rotary Club.
  • RELP375: Church Finance and Stewardship
    Prerequisites: RELP331, RELP323 This course deals with the theological and practical implications of Christian commitment, as it relates to church support in all areas. Consideration is given to church and family finance, budgeting, and its relation to the church’s mission.
  • RELP407: Public Evangelism
    Prerequisites: RELP331, RELP332, RELP333, RELP334 Offered off-campus in connection with evangelism programmes. Observation and participation in the practical setting for instruction in evangelistic methods and procedures. A proposal must be submitted prior to the field experience.
  • RELP435: Pastoral Counselling
    A survey of current counselling theories and instructions in the effective use of those approaches, whose basic principles and methodologies are consistent with sound biblical theology, and thus applicable to pastoral ministry, for counselling in the various areas of human need and problems.
  • RELP401/402: Pastoral Practicum
    A weekly seminar giving instruction in the many aspects of ministering in small churches. Includes assignment to one of the area churches. Students register once for the entire year.
  • RELP 402: Pastoral Counselling II
  • RELP440: Introduction to Pastoral Ministry and 3 Leadership
    A study of good church administration and the principles of leadership as applied to pastoral ministry. It combines pastoral leadership with church management.
  • RELH316: History of the Christian Church I
    Prerequisite: HIST104 or permission of instructor Surveys the internal and external developments and conflicts that Christianity has experienced in time and space, from the time of Christ up to the Reformation. Special attention is given to those developments that relate to Seventh-day Adventist theological heritage. It aims to enable the student to develop a broader historical perspective, and to see the outworking of the great controversy through the centuries, especially as it relates to issues the Church faces today. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion, an emphasis, or minor in Religion.
  • RELH317: History of the Christian Church II
    Prerequisite: HIST105 or permission of instructor. Surveys the history of the Church from the Protestant Reformation to the present. Special attention is given to the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic counterreformation, Puritanism, Rationalism, Evangelicalism, the rise of modern denominations, the worldwide mission expansion, and ecumenism. Not applicable to General Education requirements in Religion.

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<h3>Regular Admission</h3> <ul> <li>Five (5) CXC or O'level passes </li> <li>Or three (3) CXC or O'level passes & Two (2) A'level passes </li> </ul> <h3>Adult Admission </h3> <ul> <li>Three (3) CXC or O'level passes* </li> </ul>


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