BTh – Course Overview

The Bachelor of Theology programme is oriented along 3 major areas: Understanding the Bible; Understanding Tradition; Understanding Ministry. These areas are not and should not be separated but they do serve to illustrate how our theological education programme is structured.

All courses carry 10 credits each and are designed with the regulatory exit level outcomes in mind.

The curriculum consists of the following courses:

Understanding the Bible Understanding Tradition Understanding Ministry Core Academics
BIB 101 – Survey of the Old Testament (part 1) TRA 101 – Systematic Theology (part 1) MIN 101 – Teaching as Ministry COR 101 – Study Skills & Research Methods
BIB 102 – Survey of the Old Testament (part 2) TRA 102 – Turning Points in Christianity MIN 102 – Homiletics COR 201 – Academic Communication
BIB 103 – Survey of the New Testament (part 1) TRA 201 – Systematic Theology (part 2) MIN 201 – Church & Disciple-making COR 301 – Thinking Theologically
BIB 104 – Survey of the New Testament (part 2) TRA 202 – The Early Church MIN 202 – Youth & Children’s Ministry  
BIB 105 – Hermeneutics & Exegesis TRA 203 – Introduction to World Missions MIN 203 – Counselling  
BIB 106 – Life of Christ TRA 301 – Church in Africa MIN 204 – Pastoral Care  
BIB 107 – Pentateuch TRA 302 – Evangelical Christianity MIN 205 – Church and HIV/AIDS Ministry Experience Journal (8 Cr.)
BIB 201 – Major & Minor Prophets TRA 303 – Ethics and Problem-solving MIN 301 – Principles of Development Ministry Experience Journal (8 Cr.)
BIB 202 – New Testament Epistles TRA 304 – Leadership & Management MIN 302 – Urban Ministry Ministry Experience Journal (8 Cr.)
BIB 203 – Poetic & Wisdom Literature TRA 305 – World-Religions & Cross-Cultural Ministry MIN 303 – Gender Issues  
BIB 301 – Apocalyptic Literature TRA 306 – Apologetics MIN 304 – Peace & Justice / Current Issues  

For more information or queries please contact the Academic Dean: AcDean@essa.ac.za