A New Seminary and a Busy Semester

One of the main reasons for my several-month blogging hiatus has been school.

1 semester, 4 classes, 14 credit hours, 28 required texts, 32 papers/assignments later—and I made it!  Finished my first semester at Southern Seminary.

Here is a list of the courses I took, their descriptions from the Southern Seminary academic catalog, and the required texts according to each course’s Fall 2011 syllabus:

Graduate Research Seminar—A survey of library resources and techniques for the preparation of dissertations and examination of research writing.

  1. Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, by Wendy Laura Belcher
  2. The Craft of Research, 3rd ed., by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory C. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
  3. The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd ed., by Thomas Mann
  4. The Southern Seminary Manual of Style, 3rd ed., by Southern Seminary
  5. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 7th ed., by Kate L. Turabian
  6. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace, 4th ed., by Joseph M. Williams

Theology of Karl Barth—An examination of Barth’s theology with a view to understanding his interpretation of the Christian faith and his significance in twentieth century theology.

  1. Church Dogmatics I.2, on The Doctrine of the Word of God, by Karl Barth
  2. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, by Karl Barth
  3. The SPCK Introduction to Karl Barth, by D. Densil Morgan
  4. How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology, by George Hunsinger

Baptist Theologians in Historical Perspective—A study of selected Baptist theologians in their historical context, examining the currents which shaped their thought and the contributions of each theologian to church and ministry.

  1. Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, ed. David Dockery and Timothy George
  2. By His Grace and For His Glory, by Tom J. Nettles
  3. Baptist Theology: A Four Century Study, by James Leo Garrett

Hermeneutics for Preaching—An examination of the history and theory of hermeneutics for the art of Christian preaching. Modern hermeneutical theories and their impact on the preaching assignment will be carefully critiqued.

  1. The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Text?  Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New, ed. G. K. Beale
  2. Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application, by Daniel Doriani
  3. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching, by Graeme Goldsworthy
  4. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature, by Sidney Greidanus
  5. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method, by Sidney Greidanus
  6. Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, ed. Stanley N. Gundry, et al.
  7. Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, by Dennis E. Johnson
  8. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching, by Walter C. Kaiser
  9. The Uses of the Old Testament in the New, by Walter C. Kaiser
  10. Culture and Biblical Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Authoritative Word in a Relativistic Age, by William J. Larkin
  11. The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, by Grant Osborne
  12. Hermeneutics, Inerrancy & the Bible: Papers from the ICBI Summit II, ed. Earl D. Radmacher and Robert D. Preus
  13. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, rev. ed., by William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, & Robert I. Hubbard, Jr.
  14. Validity in Interpretation, by E. D. Hirsch
  15. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, by Bryan Chappell

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