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DG Division of General Studies (Section I)

DG 111 English Fundamentals I
DG 112 English Fundamentals II

These courses aim to introduce the basic rules of English grammar and syntax. It also aims to build the student’s vocabulary, especially those words useful for the anticipated vocations to be entered at the completion of the study program. Exercises in both written and spoken English will be given. 4 credits each

DG 113 Study Methods and Paper Writing

This course aims to prepare the student for the academic demands of the classroom. It provides an orientation to the library, an introduction to independent studies and examinations, and basic skills in how to develop and organize an academic paper. 2 credits

DG 121 English Reading and Writing I
DG 122 English Reading and Writing II

These courses aim to improve skills in English reading comprehension and writing. Reading exercises are given which measure the student’s ability to identify key ideas in a written work and to understand its basic message. Writing exercises are given which help the student compose well-structured sentences that are able to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas. 4 credits each

DG 114 Psychologies (Elective)

This course offers an introduction to the psychology of human behavior. Emphasis is given to those aspects of psychology that are more directly related to fundamental principles of pastoral counseling. 2 credits

DG 123 Sociology (Elective)

This course introduces the study of the social dimensions of human behavior. Emphasis is given to patterns of social behavior and the function of social institutions and structures. Human social behavior in the African/Ethiopian contexts is given special reflection. 2 credits


 

DB Division of Biblical Studies (Section II)

DB 211 Introductions to the Old Testament Exegesis I

This course aims to introduce the Old Testament. It offers an introduction to each book, emphasizing the literary content, and theological message of each. The formation of the Old Testament is also examined. 4 credits

DB 212 Introductions to the New Testament

This course aims to introduce the New Testament. It offers an introduction to each book, emphasizing the literary content, historical context, and theological message of each. The formation of the New Testament as well as basic issues regarding the intertestamental period will be introduced. 4 credits

DB 213 Introductions to Biblical Interpretation

This course introduces the basic methods and tools needed for interpreting the message of the Bible for use in preaching and teaching. The proper use of biblical commentaries is considered. 4 credits

DB 214 Old Testament Interpretations: Pentateuch

This course explores key literary texts and theological themes in one or more of the first five books of the Old Testament. The interpretation aims to relate the message of the text to contemporary Christian life. 3 credits

DB 222 Old Testament Interpretations: Wisdom Literature

This course explores key literary texts and theological themes in one or more of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. The interpretation aims to relate the message of the text to contemporary Christian life. 3 credits

DB 223 New Testament Interpretations: Synoptic Gospels

This course explores key literary text and theological themes in one or all three synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. The interpretation aims to relate the message of the texts with contemporary Christian life, 3 credits

DB 231 New Testament Interpretations: Johannine Literature

This course explores key literary texts and theological themes in John’s Gospel and 1, 2, 3 John. The interpretation aims to relate the message of the text to contemporary Christian life. 3 credits

DB 232 Biblical Theologies

This course aims to bring together the key theological ideas in the Old and the New Testament in order to grasp the overall witness of the Christian Scripture. The tasks, purpose and challenges of biblical theology are introduced. The relationship between the Old and the New Testament is explored. 3 credits

DB New Testament Greek I (Elective Course)

This course introduces the basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of New Testament Greek. Exercises in reading and translating biblical Greek are included. 3 credits

DB New Testament Greek II (Elective Course)

This course is a continuation of New Testament Greek. It introduces additional vocabulary as well as other aspects of Greek grammar and syntax. Passages from the Synoptics, Pauline Epistles and Johannine writings are translated. 3 credits

DB Old Testament Hebrew (Elective Course)

This course introduces the basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of Old Testament Hebrew. Exercises in reading and translating biblical Hebrew are included credits. 3 credits


 

DT Division of Theology and Church History (Section III)

DT 311 Church History: Ancient and Medieval

This course surveys the history of the Christian Church from her origins through the Middle Ages. Special emphasis will be given to significant persons and events related to the African continent. 4 credits

DT 312 Church History: Reformation and Modern

This course surveys the history of the Christian Church beginning with the Reformation in Europe and continuing to the present time. Special attention is given to significant persons and events surrounding the Reformation, including the historical roots of the different Protestant Churches found in Ethiopia today.  4 credits

DT 313 Introductions to the Lutheran Confessions

This course introduces the confessional statements foundational for the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Special attention is given to 1) the ecumenical creeds; 2) Luther’s small and large catechism; and 3) the Augsburg Confession. 3 credits

DT 321 The History of Christianity in Africa

This course surveys the history of the Christian Church on the African continent. Emphasis is given to the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the growth of evangelical Churches in Ethiopia and specifically the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. 4 credits

DT 322 God, Revelation and Creation

This course has two parts: an introduction to the basics of Christian doctrine including its sources and purpose; and 2) an introduction to First Article topics, including God, revelation, creation, and humanity. Careful reflection is given to the relation between these doctrines and practical Christian life. 4 credits

DT 331 Introductions to Ethiopian Traditional Religions

This course introduces the beliefs and practices found in Ethiopian traditional religions today. Reflection is given to the relationship between these beliefs and practices and those of Christianity. 3 credits

DT 332 Jesus Christ and Salvation

This course has two parts: 1) an introduction to the Christian doctrine of Jesus Christ, his person and work; and 2) an introduction to the Christian doctrine of salvation. Careful reflection is given to the relation between these doctrines and practical Christian life. 4 credits

DT 333 The Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Eschaton

This course introduces three Christian doctrines: 1) the Holy Spirit; 2) the Christian Church; and 3) the eschaton or future things. Careful reflection is given to the relation between these doctrines and practical Christian life. 4 credits

DT 334 Introductions to Christian Ethics

This course introduces biblical foundations for ethical decision-making and behavior. Case studies are used in order to practice biblical ethical theories in a Christian context. 4 credits

DT 335 Introductions to Islam

This course offers a basic introduction to the history, doctrines, and practices of Islam as well as the issues that have divided Muslims and Christians throughout history. Reflection and application to the African/Ethiopian context is stressed. 3 credits


 

DP Division of Practical Theology (Section IV)

DP 411 Spiritual Formation I

This course offers students guided reflection for personal spiritual growth. Emphasis is given to the development of spiritual disciplines, discerning one’s call into Christian ministry, and identifying one’s specific gifts for ministry. 1 credit

DP 412 Spiritual Formation II

This course is a continuation of Spiritual Formation I. It offers additional, yet deeper guided reflection on one’s own spiritual maturity and preparedness for Christian ministry. Emphasis is given to developing habits of self-care in the midst of ministry challenges. 1 credits

DP 421 preaching: Biblical and Theoretical Foundations

This course introduces biblical and theoretical foundations for effective preaching. It includes a study of general models of human communication as well as specific issues related to the setting, audience, message, and delivery in preaching. Practical tools for preparation are introduced. 3 credits

DP 422 Preaching: Preparation and Practice

This course aims to supplement DP Preaching: Biblical and Theoretical Foundations. During this course sermons are prepared and delivered by students. Feedback and assessment is given by students and the teacher. 3 credits

DP 423 Biblical and Theoretical Foundations for Counseling

This course introduces biblical teaching and theoretical principles related to Christian counseling. Methods and goals are studied. Case studies are used extensively in order that the foundations can be applied in practice and in a Christian context. 4 credits

DP 424 Christian Worship

This course has two parts: 1) an introduction to the biblical and theological foundations for Christian Worship in general; and 2) specific orientation to worship practices in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Careful reflection is given to the contextualization of liturgy. Practical skill development is also stressed. 2 credits

DP 431 Christian Leadership and Church Structure

This block course has two parts: 1) an introduction to Christian leadership emphasizing biblical models of servant leadership and its practical implementation in congregational life; and 2) an introduction to the structure and decision-making processes in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. 2 credits

DP 432 Introduction to Christian Education

This course introduces both theoretical and practical issues related to congregation-based education, such as Sunday school, confirmation instruction, and Bible study. An introduction to the benefits and effective use of Theological Education by Extension (TEE) for congregations is also given. 3 credits

DP 433 Counseling for Marriage and Family

This course begins by exploring general biblical teachings regarding marriage and family. Building on this, it introduces counseling skills required to identify problems and provide support for marriages and families. 4 credits

DP 434 Evangelism and Church Growth

This course introduces basic biblical and theological themes around evangelism and outreach. Models of evangelization and their implementation are treated. Special attention is given to the un-reached groups in Ethiopia. 3 credits

DP 435 Developments and Diaconia

This block course has two parts:1) an introduction to the biblical and theological foundations for holistic ministry; and 2) studying ways in which congregations can minister to the physical, social, and environmental challenges facing communities today. Specific attention may be given to any of the following: composting, gardening, soil and water conservation, appropriate technologies, community development, peace and reconciliation ministry, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. 2 credits

DP 436 Introductions to Christian Stewardship

This course has two parts:1) an introduction to general biblical teachings on stewardship: and 2) an introduction to the more specific duties related to management of human and financial resources, including recruitment, committee work, staff development, various reports and financial statements, accounting, and other practical duties required for good Church management. 3 credits

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