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LTR 5311 Parallels of HistoryWhile the Scriptures reveal God's plan in history, God's providence did not end with the early Christians of the Apostolic Age. That Christian history continues to display God's handiwork becomes evident when seen in the light of Bible parallels. This course investigates the biblical history of Israel and the course of Christian history from New Testament times until today, with an eye to discerning parallels between these two histories. Topics include the nature of history itself and the relationship between God's predetermined providence and human free will. A central concern will be to elucidate lessons of history for understanding God's providence today. Prerequisite: SCR 5131, LTR 5131 or LTR 5132. 2 credits. Dr. Wilson.
LTR 5390 Independent Study in Church History1‑3 credits. Faculty.
LTR 6390 Thesis/Project in Church History4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.
LTR 5402 Jewish-Christian RelationsThis course has the objective of raising awareness of the complex and potentially rewarding relationship between Judaism and Christianity. It surveys the dark history of Christian anti-Semitism as well as recent attempts to heal this breach within the family of God. Jewish attitudes towards Jesus and Paul will be investigated, for example, why Jews do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. One purpose is to dispel Christian misconceptions that cast Jews as though their religion were unchanged since New Testament times. We should also understand Jewish misconceptions of Christians, e.g., distrust of the religious right that has shaped Jewish politics in America. Current issues include: limits on proselytizing, doctrines of election, Zionism and Palestinian rights. Finally, the class will look at ways to build common ground between the two faiths. 3 credits. Dr. Wilson.