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SO 101 Student Orientation 0 credit

This is a four-session orientation for new students into the world of learning at Lutheran Brethren Seminary (LBS). While the primary emphasis is on the use of technology to enhance the learning process, the participants will also become familiar with how to access all the support infrastructure that will help them have a successful learning experience. The program consists of four 30-minute evening sessions on Monday through Thursday the week before classes begin each term, as well as some reading and independent activities prior to each session.

HT 215 Church History 3 credits

A study of the history of the Christian Church in its context from the Apostolic era to the present, tracing its development with particular emphasis on the individuals, groups, institutions, pattern of thought, events, and ideas. The course includes movements such as the Reformation, Orthodoxy, Pietism and their relationships to the flow of God’s mission.

HT 715 Church History 3 credits

This course is a study of the history of the Christian Church and its contexts from the Apostolic era through the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment, tracing its development with particular emphasis on the individuals, groups, institutions, patterns of thought, events and ideas that have shaped the Church.  Attention is also given to the various structures and forms utilized by the Church as it participates in God’s mission in the world.

HT 222 A Survey of American Christianity, American Lutheranism and the Lutheran Brethren 3 credits

This course picks up the discussion from HT 215 (which is a pre-requisite for this course), with emphasis on the American Church movement from its roots to the present. Early American Lutheranism, revivalism, European influences, the fundamentalist/modernist controversy, Liberation Theology and other important interactions between individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas are also covered. The semester concludes with a focus on the roots and development of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.

HT 722 A Survey of American Christianity, American Lutheranism and the Lutheran Brethren 3 credits

This course picks up the discussion from HT 715 (which is a pre-requisite for this course), with emphasis on the American Church movement from its roots to the present. Early American Lutheranism, revivalism, European influences, the fundamentalist/modernist controversy, Liberation Theology and other important interactions between individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas are also covered. The semester concludes with a focus on the roots and development of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.

OT-NT 600 Introduction to Biblical Languages 1 credit

This course is designed to provide a foundational introduction to how language works. It is a survey of the basics of English grammar, and will also introduce the primary elements of Biblical Hebrew and Greek, including the alphabet, simple pronunciation, and simple writing. As a result of this class, students continuing on with the study of Biblical Hebrew and/or Biblical Greek will be given a framework for understanding the nature of language which will aid them in learning and using these languages with greater efficiency and usefulness. Those not continuing on in with the study of the Bible’s original languages will likewise gain a base knowledge that will allow them to more thoroughly use Bible study tools (such as lexicons, theological dictionaries, commentaries, and Bible software) which incorporate Hebrew or Greek in their content.