The courses offered at the Heidelberg Theological Seminary fall under the departments of Apologetics (AP), Church History (CH), New Testament Studies (NT), Old Testament Studies (OT), Theology of Ministry (TM) and Systematic Theology (ST).
Introduction to Apologetics (AP 121): A study in the background, development, and application of the presuppositional apologetics of Cornelius Van Til. Special attention will be given to the characteristics of non-Theistic thought and ways in which presuppositional thinking is used to defend the Christian faith. – Also available via Distance Learning
Applied Apologetics (AP 211): A study of the application of presuppositional apologetic principles to historic philosophic systems, and to other apologetic systems that have been used in the Christian Church.
Church History Courses
Ancient Church History (CH 111): A study in Church History from the close of the Apostolic Age to the rise of Gregory the Great. This course concentrates on the relationship between the Church and the Roman Empire, the development of church government and polity, the refinement of theological issues and Church doctrine, and the ways in which the spread of Christianity influenced life and practice. – Also available via Distance Learning
Medieval Church History (CH 211): A survey of Church History from Gregory the Great to the 95 Theses. This course concentrates on the rise and consolidation of the papacy in the Western Church, the division between the Western and Eastern Churches, the rise of monasticism, the development of mysticism, the medieval division and class structure, and the precursors to reform.
Reformation Church History (CH 221): A survey of the Reformation movement during the 16th and 17th centuries, concentrating on the major figures of the time and the development of the Protestant Creeds.
Modern Church History (CH 321): A survey of the intellectual impact and development of Protestant and Non-Protestant thought, concentrating on the influences of the Enlightenment, the awakening movements, the missionary movements, 19th century scientific thought and 20th century political theory.
New Testament Courses
New Testament Greek I (NT 111): This course utilizes J. Gresham Machen’s New Testament Greek for Beginners textbook.
New Testament Greek II (NT 121): This course builds on NT111 by further study in the areas of grammar and syntax providing a broader knowledge of vocabulary and selected readings from the New Testament. One of the aims of this course is to sharpen the student’s skills in translating from the original text.
New Testament Greek III (NT 122): This elective course provides further opportunity for the student to sharpen skills for reading and translating the Greek text.
New Testament Introduction (NT 221): This course covers the general background and language of the New Testament canon, the principles and application of textual criticism, and the formation of New Testament canon. This study is approached from an historical, linguistic, and theological perspective. – Also available via Distance Learning
The Gospels (NT 221): A selective survey and critique of the various ways the gospels have been viewed and understood. Special attention is placed on the theology of Christ in the gospels including exegetical and linguistic work with the Greek.
Acts and the Pauline Epistles (NT 312): A study in the foundation of the Christian Church as recorded in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles and an in-depth study of the basic theology in the epistles of Paul. – Also available via Distance Learning
General Epistles and Revelation (NT 411): Exegesis from selected passages in the general or catholic Epistles. A comparison of the theology and eschatology of Paul is used as a way to study theological and eschatological themes in the general epistles of Paul and the Book of Revelation. Old Testament courses. – Also available via Distance Learning
Old Testament Courses
Elements of Hebrew I (OT 211): A detailed study of the elements of biblical Hebrew, involving mastery of elementary Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and some translation. This is an elementary course for students without prior knowledge of Hebrew and is introductory to other Hebrew courses.
Elements of Hebrew II (OT 221): Hebrew grammar, especially syntax and vocabulary, will be studied in this course. The aim is to master basic skills of translation from Hebrew to English and proficiency in using available language “tools.”
Elements of Hebrew III (OT 222): This elective course provides further opportunity for the student to sharpen skills in reading and translating Hebrew text.
Pentateuch and OT Historical Books (OT 321): Attention is given toward an overall historical framework, Ancient Near Eastern background and major theological themes of the Old Testament. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with an in-depth understanding of a representative range of Old Testament texts, introduction to major schools of Old Testament interpretation, and further training in the skills of Old Testament exegesis. – Also available via Distance Learning
Poetical Books (OT 411): This course gives special attention to the theology of Proverbs and the origin, use, and theology of the Psalms in ancient Israel including the development and theology of the Psalter. Exegetical work will be done from select passages of both Proverbs and the Psalms.
Prophetic Books (OT 421): In this course, special attention is directed toward the theology of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel concentrating on the major messianic and covenantal themes.
Theology of Ministry Courses
Reformed Worship (TM 111): A consideration of Scriptural principles regarding worship, both in the Old and New Testament. Attention is given to historical developments and the various modes of public worship. Some contemporary issues will be discussed, while detailed emphasis is given to the actual practice of public worship and an introduction to biblical genres. – Also available via Distance Learning
Homiletics/Hermeneutics (TM 121): This course provides the student with a detailed framework concerning the task of sermon preparation. A wide variety of sermon preparation aspects will be studied, including communication, language, audience response, authority, public speaking, and all the steps required in sermon preparation and delivery. For Hermeneutics, topics include examination of presuppositions and interpretation, survey of Bible translations, introduction to principles of exegesis, use of tools for Bible interpretation concordances, lexicons, Bible dictionaries, and commentaries), and biblical theological interpretation. – Also available via Distance Learning
Pastoral Counseling (TM 321): The student is introduced to several counseling theories and methods. These models will be critically evaluated, with basic consideration given to the question whether an integration of Christianity and psychology is possible. A detailed study is made of problems which may present themselves in the context of the ministry, e.g. guilt, depression, marital breakdown, etc. The course focuses especially on application of biblical principles governing the church’s pastoral care of individuals and families.
Evangelism and Missions (TM 421): A study in theology and methods of evangelism. Emphasis is given to development of an evangelistic outreach for the local church and the methodology of missions.
Pastoral Theology (TM 422): A study of the biblical and theological foundation of the teaching ministry of the church, with special emphasis on instruction of covenant youth. This course also concentrates on other aspects of the pastoral life including family visitation, record keeping, sacraments, denominational work, and other miscellaneous duties of the pastoral profession.
Contemporary Issues (TM 423): This course deals with contemporary challenges to biblical Christianity, both by the recently militant false religions around the world such as Islam and Eastern spirituality, as well as secularism and “Christian” Liberalism. It will focus on apologetic issues, and the moral degradation instigated by such non-Christian movements.
Training in Ministry (TIM 131, TIM 132, TIM 133): The TIM program is explained in detail above under the Supervised Summer Internship general description.
Homiletics II (TIM 321): This course involves the practice of crafting and delivery of sermons with the purpose of providing an opportunity to sharpen student skills in preaching.
Homiletics III (TIM 421): (The course is an extension of Homiletics II). Systematic Theology Courses
Systematic Theology Courses
Prolegomena (ST 111): An introductory course to Systematic Theology. Thiscourse embraces the idea, source, method, and task of systematic theology. It is predicated on the fact that a systematic theology must be able to define what it is that is being done, the object under investigation, and the way in which the object is to be investigated. There is a particular emphasis on the doctrine of revelation and knowledge and the extent of the human intellectual capacity. – Also available via Distance Learning
Doctrine of God (ST 121): The Reformed doctrine of God, concentrating on the knowability, nature, and attributes of the Triune God. This course includes the historic doctrines that relate to the work of God in the divine decrees, predestination, creation, providence, and miracles. – Also available via Distance Learning
Anthropology (ST 211): The Reformed doctrine of man, concentrating on the origin, nature, and original state of man and the manner in which evil has come into the world through man’s fall and disobedience, including the doctrine of sin, depravity, inability, and free agency. – Also available via Distance Learning
Christology (ST 221): The Reformed doctrine of Christ, including His person, natures, offices, work, and states. – Also available via Distance Learning
Soteriology (ST 311): The Reformed doctrine of salvation, including the person, work, and gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the application of redemption by the Holy Spirit, union with Christ, grace and election, calling, regeneration, faith, justification, sanctification, and glorification. – Also available via Distance Learning
Creeds and Confessions (ST 312): An examination of the importance of creeds and confessions in the life and history of biblical Christianity, including a study of the development, structure and theology of the principal Christian creeds. Special attention is given to Reformed/Presbyterian Creeds written from the time of the Reformation to the present. – Also available via Distance Learning
Ecclesiology and Eschatology (ST 321): The biblical foundation of the Church, its nature and work as a divinely instituted community is considered in order to gain a proper understanding of the Church of Christ. The eschatological nature of the biblical message: death, immortality, and the intermediate state, the second coming of Christ, millennial views, the resurrection, and the final judgment. – Also available via Distance Learning
Biblical Theology (ST 411): Emphasis is given to development of an appropriate Old and New Testament biblical theology framework. Course purpose is to observe historical and biblical themes over the progression of Old Testament canon development. Fulfillment and examination of these themes in New Testament canon will also be studied. – Also available via Distance Learning
Ethics (ST 412): The course offers a biblical foundation for Christian ethics. A survey is conducted of the various ethical systems and ways in which motive, goal, and standard operate to produce an ethical system. Concentration on ways in which Christian ethics relates to many contemporary issues is also an area of focus. – Also available via Distance Learning