Graduate Course Schedule

Spring 2018

BI 501: Israel in Prophecy

Course Overview

This course is a multi-dimensional study of Israel in Bible prophecy—past, present, and future. The following pertinent topics will be discussed: covenants and dispensations in relationship to Israel, Israel in the Old Testament prophets, the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, Daniel’s prophecies for Israel in the Intertestamental Era, Israel in contemporary theological discussion, a comparison of Israel in Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, Israel in Progressive Dispensationalism, prophecies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, God’s plan for Israel in Romans 9-11, the hermeneutics and practice of anti-Semitism in the church, the rise of the modern state of Israel (Ezekiel 37), Israel in Matthew 24, Israel in the Tribulation Period, Israel after Armageddon and before the Kingdom, and Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Knoblet, Jerry, The Drive Bones Live. Columbus, Georgia: Quill Publications, 1989 (chapters 3, 6-10, 19-23)
  • Knoblet, Jerry, Coming Soon. Columbus, Georgia: Quill Publications, 2005.
  • Showers, Renald, The Most High God. The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
  • Showers, Renald, There Really Is a Difference. Bellmawr, New Jersey: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1990.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Jerry Knobley Dr. Jerry Knoblet graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1970 with a B.S. in Missions. He served two years in a pastorate in Pellston, Michigan before graduating with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1975. Dr. Knoblet pastored churches in Indiana, Oregon, and Kansas. While finishing a degree at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984, he earned High Honors in the Master of Theology program. A Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice completed his studies in 1986. Altogether he has twenty-eight years of pastoral experience, and has been an interim pastor at several churches in the Beckley, WV area. He taught at Appalachian Bible College for seventeen years, serving as registrar, professor, and Chairman of the Bible and Theology Department. He has authored four books and numerous articles. Dr. Knoblet travels worldwide as Bible teacher and pulpit supply. He teaches as adjunct faculty for Appalachian Bible College and the National Theological College and Graduate School, and serves at Shepherds Theological Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: February 5 - April 9, 2018
  • On-Campus Dates: March 5-9, 2018

May 2018

BI 512: Interpreting Old Testament Literature

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand various types of the Old Testament genres and be able to interpret each genre in light of its historical, grammatical, and immediate context. The course will cover Pentateuchal narratives, Wisdom literature, Prophetic literature, Historical narratives, and Apocalyptic literature. It is taught with (1) the help of the Holy Spirit, and (2) a linguistic framework known as discourse analysis. Attention will be given to the exegesis of a passage. While the main goal of the course is interpreting the Old Testament literature, it also functions to prepare the student to perform a thorough and focused research in Biblical, extra-Biblical, primary, and secondary literature. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Chisholm, Robert B., From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998.
  • Gibson, M. Scott, eds., Preaching the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006.
  • Kaiser, Walter C., Jr., The Most High God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Joel Madasu Dr. Joel Madasu is full-time faculty at Mount Olive Bible College, West Virginia, a prison ministry of Appalachian Bible College, and adjunct professor at ABC. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College; Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School; and Ph.D. in Old Testament (concentration in Hebrew Syntax) from Piedmont International University. His desire is to teach the Bible as it is given. He is passionate about people, discipleship, and relevant communication of God’s Word.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: April 9 - June 11, 2018
  • On-Campus Dates: May 7-11, 2018

Summer 2018

HT 501: Baptistic Heritage I

Course Overview

This is a survey of New Testament Christianity after the time of the Apostles to the end of the Reformation (AD100-1650). This course will also examine philosophy of Baptistic history and the development and response of New Testament churches to the apostasy of Romanism. Special treatment will be given to the Anabaptists and the emergence of the modern English Baptists in the Reformation era. Historical Theology, 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • TBA
Meet the Professor

Dr. John Rinehart After receiving a Certificate from Appalachian Bible College, Dr. John Rinehart went on to earn a B.A. from Fairhaven Baptist College, M.A. from Valparaiso University, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Reared in a Christian home, he trusted Christ as Savior at 6 years of age and surrendered to full-time ministry at 18. Dr. Rinehart has served at colleges in Indiana, Wisconsin, and since 2014 at Appalachian Bible College. He strongly believes that one cannot be right with God without loving history. Besides teaching undergraduate courses at ABC, he is the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: July 9 - September 10, 2018
  • On-Campus Dates: August 6-10, 2018

Online Courses

PT 504: The Church and Family Ministry

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. This course will examine and determine the role of the church in family ministry by establishing the appropriate definition of success for the church: helping families to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. Each student will compose a biblical philosophy of the church and family ministry. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Sells, Charles M., Family Ministry, 2nd Edition. Zondervan. 1981.
  • Rainey, Dennis, Ministering to Twenty-First Century Families. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Charles Bethel Dr. Charles Bethel is currently a faculty member with Marshall University in their Graduate Leadership Studies Department. He also is an adjunct faculty member with the National Theological College and Graduate School, which specializes in teaching believers in Middle East Countries. Most recently Dr. Bethel was the Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Education, and Registrar at Appalachian Bible College for 4 years. Prior to that he served as the Vice President for Academics at ABC for 17 years.

Dr. Bethel earned his degrees from the University of Tampa (A.A.), Moody Bible Institute (B.A.), Grace Theological Seminary (M.A.), and West Virginia University (Ed.D.).

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.

BI 506: The Psalms

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. The course is a study of the Psalms as part of Old Testament poetry, with a specific analysis of the contents of the collection. Additional emphasis will be placed on the special hermeneutics related to the study of Hebrew poetry and Hebrew wisdom literature. Students will learn to use and appreciate the Psalms as a guide for worship and a source for meditation. 3 credit hours

Selected Bibliography
  • Archer, Gleason. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction. Chicago: Moody Press, 1964, 1974.
  • Bullock, C. Hassell. An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books. Chicago: Moody Press, 1979, 1988.
  • Harrison, Everett F. Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans, 1969.
  • Ross, Allen P., “Psalms,” Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament. Eds. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Victor Books, Scripture Press Publications, 1985.
  • Scroggie, W. Graham. The Psalms. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1948.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Jerry Knoblet Dr. Jerry Knoblet graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1970 with a B.S. in Missions. He served two years in a pastorate in Pellston, Michigan before graduating with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1975. Dr. Knoblet pastored churches in Indiana, Oregon, and Kansas. While finishing a degree at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984, he earned High Honors in the Master of Theology program. A Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice completed his studies in 1986. Altogether he has twenty-eight years of pastoral experience, and has been an interim pastor at several churches in the Beckley, WV area. He taught at Appalachian Bible College for seventeen years, serving as registrar, professor, and Chairman of the Bible and Theology Department. He has authored four books and numerous articles. Dr. Knoblet travels worldwide as Bible teacher and pulpit supply. He teaches as adjunct faculty for Appalachian Bible College and the National Theological College and Graduate School, and serves at Shepherds Theological Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.