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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)

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Port Jervis School of the Bible’s Certificate in Biblical Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a personalized, short-term non-degree program that will help you develop a comprehensive knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments, equipping you for ministry in a variety of settings.

This is 22 credit-hour program is designed for adult learners who want to grow in their understanding of the Bible through critical study in a small classroom setting of no more than 12 students.  This certificate is ideal for anyone desiring to have a deeper understanding of Scripture and to be better prepared to teach others. 

Our Certificate of Biblical Studies Program focuses on the treatment of the Scriptures with an emphasis on biblical interpretation as well as church history and many important cultural considerations and world events surrounding Biblical events. 

 

Curriculum

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  THEOLOGY

 TH-101     (2 Credit hours)

   Introduction to Theology

 TH-102     (2 Credit hours)

   Systematic Theology

 TH-103     (2 Credit hours)

   Biblical Theology

 

CHURCH HISTORY

 

 CH-101     (2 Credit hours)

   Church History

 CH-102     (2 Credit hours)

   The Orthodox Church

 CH-103     (2 Credit hours)

   Hymnology

 CH-104     (2 Credit hours)

   The Protestant Reformation

 

BIBLICAL STUDIES

 

BS-101     (2 Credit hours)

   Creation Studies

BS-102     (2 Credit hours)

   Introduction to the Old Testament 

BS-103     (2 Credits hours)

   Introduction to the New Testament 

 

WORLD HISTORY

 

WH-101    (2 Credit hours)

    Studies of Ancient Israel

WH-102     (2 Credit hours)

    The Roman Empire

WH-103     (2 Credit hours)

    Ancient Greece Studies

WH-104     (2 Credit hours)

    Ancient Egyptian Studies

WH-105     (2 Credits)

    American Christianity

WH-106     (2 Credits)

    The Study of Cults

 

HUMANITIES

 

PH-101    (2 Credit hours)

    Logic

PH-102     (2 Credit hours)

    Introduction to Apologetics

PH-103     (2 Credit hours)

    Philosophy of Religion & Ethics

PH-104    (2 Credit hours)

    Foundations in Christian Thought

 

course descriptions

 

TH 101   Introduction to Theology

“When simple faith pursues greater knowledge and wisdom, it must delve into the theological.  This course takes you by the hand on this rewarding journey.”  – Richard Tory MacDonald

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduction to Theology is a broad course for students of all religious backgrounds.  This class is designed to familiarize students with Christian tradition-its scriptures, history, and documents as well as with the resources and methods of Christian theology.  Students will consider the core Christian beliefs and the interpretation of the Bible as God’s word.  Introduction to Theology provides a foundation of readings and skills to prepare students for the further study of theology.  The teaching method is systematic and themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – The Doctrine of God (Theology Proper)
Session 2.  The Doctrine of Scripture
Session 3.  The Doctrine of Man (humanity)
Session 4.  The Doctrine of Sin
Session 5.  The Doctrine of Angels
Session 6.  The Doctrine of Salvation
Session 7.  The Doctrine of Christ
Session 8.  The Doctrine of the Church
Session 9.  The Doctrine of the Covenants
Session 10.  The Doctrine of the End Times

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.Image result for dividers

TH 103   Systematic Theology I

“What is meant by calling this discipline “Systematic Theology” is not that it deals with its material in a systematic or methodical way, and the other disciplines do not; but that it presents its material in the form of a system. Other disciplines may use a chronological, a historical, or some other method: this discipline must needs employ a systematic, that is to say, a philosophical or scientific method. It might be equally well designated, therefore, “Philosophical Theology,” or “Scientific
Theology.”  – 
Benjamin B. Warfield, The Idea of Systematic Theology

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Systematic Theology is the organized study of “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) from a theological, philosophical, and scientific, Christocentric perspective.  

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – The Word of God (Canonicity)
Session 2.  Authority, Inerrancy, Infallibility of Scripture
Session 3.  The Clarity, Necessity, and Sufficiency of Scripture
Session 4.  God’s Existence, Knowability, and His Attributes
Session 5.  The Trinity
Session 6.  Creation (Ex Nihilo) and Divine Providence
Session 7.  Anthropology
Session 8.  Soteriology (Teachings on Salvation)
Session 9.  Ecclesiology (The Church)
Session 10.  The Divine Covenants

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: TH 101 Introduction to Theology

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

CH 102   The Orthodox Church

“One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life.” 

+ (St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies, III.4)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In brief, the one, undivided Church is said to have begun on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ. Already by the 4th century, the term “Orthodox Christian” was used to designate those Christians who remained faithful to the totality of the teaching of Jesus Christ and the apostles, as opposed to those who were known as “heretics” who promoted false doctrines and beliefs. [The term “orthodox” means “correct believing” or “correct, true glory.”]

Due to a variety of complex circumstances, the Western church, known today as the “Roman Catholic Church,” split from the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchates of Constantinople, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch in the 11th century. Roman Catholics, however, see it from the opposite perspective, namely that the Orthodox Church broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

We Orthodox believe that we are the continuation of the ancient Orthodox Christian Church, that we trace our history back to Christ and the apostles, and that the Church was “formally” established on the day of Pentecost. The Roman Catholic Church placed itself outside of this fellowship when it broke off communion with us in the 11th century.

This is a very brief outline; a thorough treatment of the issue would fill volumes, and there are many resources readily available should you wish to research the history of this further.  (Excerpt from The Orthodox Church in America.  The Original Christian Church, @ https://www.oca.org/questions/history/the-original-christian-church. )

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – What is The Church?
Session 2.  Pentecost: The Birth of the New Testament Church (hierarchy) 
Session 3.  The Counsel in Jerusalem
Session 4.  The Twelve and the Spread of the Gospel
Session 5.   Persecution and martyrdom in the first century
Session 6.  Constantine and 
Session 7.  The Creed
Session 8.  The Great Schism 1054
Session 9.  Eastern, Western, Greek, Ukrainian, & Russian Orthodoxy
Session 10.  The Orthodox Church Today

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.Image result for dividers

CH 102   The Reformation

“Lord of all power and might, which art the author and giver of all good things; graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy help us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  – Thomas Cranmer

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Reformation course is for students of all religious backgrounds.  This class is designed to familiarize students with Christian tradition-its scriptures, history, and arguments used to defend the faith against heresy and lies throughout redemptive history, from the 16th-century Reformers to today.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – Why Reformation?
Session 2.  John Wycliffe, Jan Huss
Session 3.  Martin Luther
Session 4.  John Calvin
Session 5.  The Counter-reformation
Session 6.  William Tyndale
Session 7.  Lesser Known Reformers
Session 8.  New Bible Translations (WYC, Tyndale, GNV, KJV)
Session 9.  Reformation Today
Session 10.  The Five Solas
Session 11.  Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: CH 101  A Survey of Church History 

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

Phone: (845) 842-8853                   email: portjervisbible.com

 

 

CH 103    Great Women of the Bible

“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” – Elisabeth Elliot

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is dedicated to all the women of faith that God has used throughout the course of history to accomplish mighty things for His glory. 

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – Eve: The Mother of All Living
Session 2.  The life of Sarah – wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac
Session 3.  The life of Rahab of Jericho
Session 4.  The life of Ruth of Moab
Session 5.  The life of Esther, Queen of the Persian Empire
Session 6.  The Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19) the Two Witnesses (11:1-14)  
Session 7.  Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, wife of Zacharias
Session 8.  The life of Mary, mother of Jesus
Session 9.  The life of Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus
Session 10.  Roles of Women in the Church

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

CH 105   Studies in Revelation

“The Book of Revelation is a letter to seven ancient churches but also to us, thus, God expects us to understand it!  There is no need for great confusion when it comes to the mysterious characters and cataclysmic events mentioned in this epistle; it is, after all, a revelation and not a shroud. ” — Richard Tory MacDonald  

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course seeks to introduce the particular character of Revelation and to enable students to understand Revelation so that they can apply their teaching to their own lives and in their ministries.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Understanding Revelation: Date, Audience, Genre, Context, Numbers.
Session 2.  The Seven Churches of Revelation (2:1-3:22) 
Session 3.  The Throne Room in Heaven (4:1-11); Scrolls and Seals (5:1-14)
Session 4.  The Scrolls and the Seven Seal Judgments (6:1:8:5)
Session 5.  Seal Judgments (cont.); the 144,000 and the Great Tribulation (7:1-8:5)
Session 6.  The Trumpet Judgments (12:1-13:18)
Session 7.  The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon (12:1-13:18)
Session 8.  The Bowl Judgments (15:5-16:21)
Session 9.  The Final Judgment. Satan Bound. The Millennium (17:1-20:15)  
Session 10.  The New Heavens-New Earth (chapters 21-22) Course Review 

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Text Book is $16.99

 

 

PH 101   Introduction to Apologetics

“The work that we do in apologetics may not be understood in all of the details by all the Christians who hear it. But if we can answer these questions and show the credibility of Christianity, the folks in the church will not be devastated by the voices of skepticism that surround them.”  – R.C. Sproul

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduction to apologetics is a broad course for students of all religious backgrounds.  This class is designed to familiarize students with Christian tradition-its scriptures, history, and arguments used to defend the faith against heresy and lies throughout redemptive history.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – The Laws of Fighting with Words (Logic)
Session 2.  The Relationship between Faith and Reason
Session 3.  Providing Questions to Answers Practicum
Session 4.  Answering Islam
Session 5.  Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses
Session 6.  Answering Atheists and Agnostics
Session 7.  Answering Popes
Session 8.  Answering Political and Racial Theology
Session 9.  Answering the Compromisers of our Day
Session 10.  The Problem of Evil

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

 

CH 104   Hymnology

“Music is God’s greatest gift. It has often so stimulated and stirred me that I felt the desire to preach.”  – Martin Luther

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Hymnology is a study of the development of music and its use in worship, with emphasis on Psalms and hymns. The course will outline the historical threads of hymnody and liturgy and will introduce the student to important hymn writers and their works.  To help the student develop a love for psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The student will be exposed to a wide variety of hymns, their historical contexts, and their theological content.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Music A 5000-year-old expression of art and worship.
Session 2.  Music in Ancient Israel
Session 3.  Music in the first century New Testament Churches 
Session 4.  Music in the Churches (the first three centuries A.D.)
Session 5.  Music in the Roman Catholic Church
Session 6.  Music in the Reformation
Session 7.  Hymns as Poetry, Music, and Theology. 
Session 8.  Psalmody 
Session 9.  Church Music in America: Instruments in Music
Session 10.  Course Overview

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

Phone: (845) 842-8853                     email: portjervisbible.com

 

 

CH 101    A Survey of Church History

“How shall we labor with any effect to build up the Church, if we have no thorough knowledge of her history, or fail to apprehend it from the proper point of observation?  History is, and must ever continue to be, next to God’s Word, the richest foundation of wisdom, and sweet guide to all successful practical activity.” –– Philip Schaff

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course explores the major developments within the church over the last two millennia.  Special emphasis will be given to common theological themes, studied in their historical context, along with the people, places, and events, that God used to protect and advance His Church in the midst of relentless internal and external attacks.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  The Congregation in the Wilderness
Session 2.  The First Century Church
Session 3.  Second Century Schisms and Heresies 
Session 4.  Diocletian and Constantine and the Church in the Fourth Century
Session 5.  Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship
Session 6.  Christological Controversies to Chalcedon; Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism
Session 7.  The Church in the Middle Ages
Session 8.  The Eastern Churches from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries; the Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries
Session 9.  The Protestant Reformation
Session 10.  The Church in the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

CH 102    The Black Church in America

There is much more in the Bible about Africa itself than there is about Europe, let alone North America.” – Conrad Mbewe

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course explores the major developments within the church over the last two millennia.  Special emphasis will be given to common theological themes, studied in their historical context, along with the people, places, and events, that God used to protect and advance His Church in the midst of relentless internal and external attacks.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  The Origins of the Black Church
Session 2.  The Second Great Awakening and “Hush Harbors”
Session 3.  Slavery and Abolition
Session 4.  Emancipation and Reconstruction
Session 5.  The Great Migration
Session 6.  Negro Spirituals and Hymns 
Session 7.  Denominations in Black Christianity
Session 8.  The Silver Bluff Church
Session 9.  The Civil Rights Movement
Session 10.  The Black Church Today

Session 11. Course Review  (Final Exam)

Course Prerequisites: TH 101 A Survey of Church History

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

 

CH 105    Creeds and Confessions of the Church

“Zacharius Ursinus — the primary author of the Heidelberg Catechism — tells us why the Apostles’ Creed was chosen for his own distinctly Reformed catechism as the summary of what it is that Christians must believe in order to be truly Christians: “It signifies a brief and summary form of the Christian faith, which distinguishes the church and her members from the various sects” (Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, p. 117).” 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course briefly considers the general teachings of major confessions and Creeds of the church throughout history. 

Session 1.  Apostles’ Creed (A.D. 180)
Session 2.  Nicene Creed (A.D. 325); Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (A.D. 381)  
Session 3.  Chalcedonian Creed (A.D. 451)
Session 4.  Athanasian Creed (A.D 500)
Session 5.  The Ecumenical Councils
Session 6.   Augsburg Confession (A.D. 1520, 1530);  Helvetic Confession (A.D. 1536, 1586)
Session 7.   Heidelberg Catechism (A.D. 1644, 1677, 1689)
Session 8.   Baptist Confession of Faith (A.D. 1644, 1677, 1689)
Session 9.   Westminster Confession of Faith (A.D. 1647)
Session 10.   The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (A.D. 1982)

Session 11. Course Review

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

HUM 101  Biblical Marriage

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” – Martin Luther

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  The First Marriage
Session 2.  Men and Women: Different but Equal Partners
Session 3.  Intimacy
Session 4.  The War over Finances
Session 5.  Healthy Communication
Session 6.  Stressors: Children, Schedules.
Session 7.  Conflict Resolution: Problem Solving Strategies
Session 8.  Routine Breeding Boredom
Session 9.  The Christ-Centered Marriage
Session 10.  Reviewing the Vows

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

BS 101    Creation Studies

“Gravity may put the planets into motion, but without the divine Power, it could never put them into such a circulating motion as they have about the Sun; and therefore, for this as well as other reasons, I am compelled to ascribe the frame of this System to an intelligent Agent.” – Isaac Newton

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course equips students to contend for their faith in the creation account in Genesis using science, reason, and the Scriptures.  Students who succeed in this course will be able to analyze the data relating to the issues of creation and evolution and provide scientific and biblical arguments that support the biblical account of world history.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Welcome & Orientation – Seven Day Creation (Ex Nihilo)
Session 2.  The Big Bang Theory, Cambrian Explosion, and other Theories of Origins
Session 3.  The Flood (fact or myth)
Session 4.  Design, Natural Selection, Survival of the Fittest
Session 5.  Homology and Embryology
Session 6.  Anatomy, Physiology, and Vestigial Organs
Session 7.  Dinosaurs, Fossils, Plate Tectonics
Session 8.  Space, Galaxies, the Solar System
Session 9.  Cells, DNA, Mutations, Races
Session 10.  Answering the Skeptics’ objections to Creation
Session 11.  Course Review and Final Thoughts

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

WH-105    Armenian Genocide 

“It was not war.  It was most certainly massacre and genocide, something the world must remember… We will always reject any attempt to erase its record, even for some political advantage.”  – Yossi Beilin

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course examines the deportation and murder of approximately one million Armenian Christians by the government and armed forces of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It will consider the long and short term causes and contexts of these events, and aspects of their legacy up to the present day, particularly the phenomenon of the ongoing denial of the genocide by successive Turkish governments.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1. The Roots of Genocide: The Armenians under Ottoman rule
Session 2. The First Armenian Massacre
Session 3. Young Turks
Session 4. World War I
Session 5. Prelude to the Genocide 
Session 6.  Armenian Genocide Begins
Session 7.  Atrocities and Massacres
Session 8.  Why Armenians were Targeted
Session 9.  The Problem of Evil
Session 10.  Armenian Genocide Today: What Can We Learn?
Session 11.  Course Review and Final Thoughts

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  The cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

WH-104    Ancient Egyptian Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a general survey of the rich and vibrant civilization of ancient Egypt as seen through the eyes of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses.  In addition, we appeal to extra-biblical findings from archaeology, art, and writings.  Together we will explore the pyramids, the temples, Egyptian culture, foods, their gods, and the lives of the pharaohs.

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
Session 2.  Egyptian gods, Cults, and Religious Practice
Session 3.  Burial Customs, Mummification, and Afterlife Beliefs 
Session 4.  Art: Clothing, Pottery, Tools, Craftsmen, Hieroglyphics
Session 5.  Pharaoh, Politics, and Religion 
Session 6.  The Pyramids, Palaces, Cities, Medicine, and Mathematics
Session 7.  Women in Ancient Egypt
Session 8.  Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
Session 9.  Military Conquests
Session 10.  Language, Writings, and other Literature
Session 11.  The Biblical Exodus

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

WH-103   Studies in Ancient Greece

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

COURSE CONTENTS

Session 1.  The Beginning of an Empire
Session 2.  The Archaic Period, the Classical Period, and the Hellenistic Period. 
Session 3.  Greek Language, Art, Clothing, Pottery, Tools, Craftsmen, 
Session 4.  Art: Clothing, Pottery, Tools, Craftsmen, 
Session 5.  Greek Philosophy, Politics, and Religion 
Session 6.  Alexander the Great
Session 7.  Architecture: Palaces and Cities
Session 8.  Women of Ancient Greece
Session 9.  Military Conquests
Session 10.  More Language, Writings, Poetry and other Literature
Session 11.  Greece in the Bible

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

WH-101    Studies of Ancient Israel

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a general survey of the rich and vibrant civilization of ancient Israel as seen through the eyes of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses David, and the Semitic Prophets.  In addition, we appeal to extra-biblical findings from archeology, art, and writings.  Together we will make the journey through history from an obscure people to a great nation and the “apple of God’s eye.”

Session 1.  Biblical Israel.  God’s Chosen People
Session 2.  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Heirs of the Covenant Promise
Session 3.  Moses and the Exodus Becoming a Nation
Session 4.  Becoming a Nation
Session 5.  Judges and Kings; Military Conquests
Session 6.  The Tabernacle and Religious Life
Session 7.  Idolatry.  Israel’s recurring Cycle of Sin
Session 8.  Everyday Life in Ancient Isreal
Session 9.  Women in Ancient Israel
Session 10.  Language, Writings, and other Literature
Session 11.  The Fall to the Assyrians and the Babylonians

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

 

 

WH-102    The Roman Empire

No wild beasts are so deadly to humans as most Christians are to each other.” 

                                                    ― Ammianus Marcellinus, The Later Roman Empire

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a general survey of the history of Rome from the Augustan age to the fall of the empire in the West.  Topics include the principate and the development of absolutism, imperial culture, the impact of Christianity, the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine, and the causes of Roman decline.

Session 1.  The Birth of an Empire
Session 2.  The Life of Julius Caesar
Session 3.  The Roman Government, Military, and Religion
Session 4.  The Romans relationship with the Jews
Session 5. The Romans relationship with the Christians
Session 6.  Nero, Titus, and the Persecution of Christians
Session 7.  The Roman Colosseums
Session 8.  Women in the Roman Empire
Session 9.  Roman imperialism
Session 10.  The reforms of Diocletian and Constantine
Session 11.  The Fall to the Rome; Lessons for America

Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate of completion will be awarded to students who finish with a grade of 70% or better.  Cost for the course is $39.00 (tax-deductible) charitable donation to the school.

 

Students may take any of our courses for personal enhancement, but students earning the Biblical Studies Certificate must take TH-101 Introduction to Theology, TH-102 Systematic Theology, TH-103 Biblical Theology, BS-102 Introduction to the Old Testament, BS-103 Introduction to the New Testament, and CH-101 Church History. 

 

Port Jervis School of the Bible

 Phone: (845) 842-8853                                                                  email: portjervisbible.com