Theology Course Descriptions

Click for an explanation of terms and abbreviations used in course descriptions.

THE 100 Introduction to Theology. 3 cr.
A study of the basicĀ principles of Christian theology in the confessional Lutheran tradition, including surveys of biblical, historical, systematic, and applied theology.
THE 101 The Old Testament. 3 cr.
A study of the history of God's people before the time of Christ by means of a thorough investigation of the historical books of the Old Testament, together with an introductory overview of other types of Old Testament literature.
THE 102 The New Testament. 3 cr.
A study of the life and work of Jesus Christ as well as the development of the early New Testament church. Representative readings in the Gospels, the New Testament letters and the Revelation provide a framework for understanding God's New Testament message.
THE 111 Introduction to the Christian Faith. 3 cr.
A seminar for students who have not had a systematic study of Christianity prior to their enrollment at WLC. An introduction to basic vocabulary, history and doctrine of the Christian faith. Prereq: consent of instructor.
THE 175 A Survey of Christian Doctrine. 3 cr.
A systematic study of the truths of the Bible from the viewpoint of confessional Lutheranism, including Scripture, God and his works, angels and man, law and sin, the person of Christ and salvation, sanctification, the means of grace, church and ministry, marriage and civil estates, and eschatology.
THE 211 Christian Faith and Life. 3 cr.
A biblical study of the Christian's relationship with God, self, and others, with a particular focus on the ministry and fellowship of Christians gathered to be Christ's church. Biblical leadership, spiritual gifts, courtship and marriage, 21st century parish life, and bioethics are the thematic emphases.
THE 212 Christian Worship. 3 cr.
A study of biblical principles of worship, the history of worship in the Christian church, and the application of these principles to contemporary Lutheranism.
THE 301 The Book of Genesis. 3 cr.
An in-depth study of the first book of the Bible as a foundation for Old Testament history and biblical theology. Primary emphasis on God's saving activity on behalf of the primeval human race. Patriarchal personalities will be examined, theological themes explored, and comparative ancient history and culture discussed.
THE 302 History of Israel. 3 cr.
A study of the historical books of the Old Testament, with special attention to the formation of the nation of Israel. Major Old Testament themes will be explored and examined, particularly the development of Israel's Messianic expectations.
THE 303 Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom Literature. 3 cr.
A study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. Focus on the form of Hebrew poetry, its meaning and usage among God's Old Testament people, and its continued value for God's New Testament people.
THE 304 Old Testament Prophets. 3 cr.
A study of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on the meaning of prophecy among God's Old Testament people, the fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus Christ, and the application of prophetic truths for church and society.
THE 305 The Literature of the Intertestamental Period. 3 cr.
Selected readings in non-canonical Jewish literature during the so-called "silent years" between the end of the Old Testament and the birth of Jesus Christ. Attention will be given to global history during this period, the development of first century Judaism, and Messianic expectations in Israel up to the time of Christ.
THE 306 The Life of Christ. 3 cr.
A study of the birth, ministry, suffering, death, resurrection and exaltation of our Lord as revealed in the Gospels. Special attention given to current critical theories of the Gospel's origins, detailed study of Jesus' teaching, parables, miracles, and Passion history, together with an evaluation of contemporary estimates of the personality and significance of Jesus.
THE 307 Romans. 3 cr.
An in-depth study of Paul's epistle to the Romans, focusing thematic emphasis on sin and grace in the life of the Christian, justification by faith, and Christian liberty.
THE 308 Pauline Epistles. 3 cr.
The historical development, doctrinal teachings, and practical application contained in Paul's letters to the Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians as well as the prison epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon).
THE 309 The Pastoral and Catholic Epistles. 3 cr.
The historical development, doctrinal truths, and practical applications contained in the pastoral epistles (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus) and the catholic epistles (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude).
THE 310 Apocalyptic Literature. 3 cr.
A study of the apocalyptic portions of Ezekiel, Daniel, and selected sections of non-canonical apocalyptic literature. Primary emphasis on the Revelation to John.
THE 351 Selected Topics in Theology. 3 cr.
Topics may include biblical languages and literature; specific eras and developments in church history; historical surveys of doctrine or of confessing communities (denominations); etc.
THE 401 Basic Teachings of the Bible 1. 3 cr.
A study of those truths which the Bible, as the divinely inspired source of doctrine, presents concerning the Holy Scriptures, God, creation, providence, angels, man, law, sin, and salvation by grace.
THE 402 Basic Teachings of the Bible 2. 3 cr.
A continuation of THE 401, treating salvation by grace, sanctification, the means of grace, the Church, the ministry of the church, church fellowship, marriage, church and state, and the end of the world.
THE 411 Lutheran Confessions. 3 cr.
A study of the origin, content, and significance of the nine confessional writings of the Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord. Emphasis on the Augsburg Confession and the Apology.
THE 421 Religion in America. 3 cr.
An examination of the major Christian denominations, religious movements and non-Christian cults in the United States. Subject material will be studied for its historical development, distinctive doctrinal characteristics, and impact on American history and culture. Contemporary religious issues will be analyzed and evaluated from a confessional Lutheran perspective.
THE 431 Introduction to World Religions. 3 cr.
Historical background on the life and teachings of the founders, major beliefs and ritual practices of the major world religions, as well as critical religious and ethical issues facing each religious system at the present. Material will be analyzed and evaluated from a confessional Lutheran perspective.
THE 441 History of Christianity. 3 cr.
A survey of the development of Christianity from its origins to the present, focusing on the response of Christianity to internal and external challenges, and the influence of the church in the world. Prereq: sophomore standing.
THE 450 Archaeology and the Biblical World. 3 cr.
An introduction to the terminology, methodology, extent and outcomes of modern Middle Eastern archaeology. The course will survey the significance as well as the limitations of archaeology for providing source material for the reconstruction of the history, sociopolitical structures and religious thought of the biblical world.
THEĀ 480 Theology Colloquium. 3 cr.
This capstone course provides theology majors with an opportunity to reflect on their theological training by conducting research on a specific topic in the discipline of theology under the supervision of their major advisor. Students will summarize their research in the form of a written thesis, and will present and defend the thesis publicly.
THE 490 Internship. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department.
THE 499 Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department.