Bachelor of Theology (Honours) Degree

Module Descriptions

BTH101G Academic Writing, Research & Critical Thinking

This module (course) exists to prepare students to use academic English, utilize advanced reading and research skills, analyse arguments presented in a text, pose appropriate critical questions, and write a persuasive, logically coherent, carefully referenced theological paper.

BTH101B Old Testament Studies 1

This module (course) introduces students to the narrative and law genres of the Old Testament, derives a rationale for various hermeneutical approaches to OT interpretation, and allows students to critically evaluate contemporary exegetical methodologies.

BTH101T Introduction to Theology

This module (course) provides a foundation for further theological research, constructing a framework for understanding the Scriptures as a whole, including the nature, method, and sources of theology; revelation and the inspiration of Scripture; biblical and systematic theology; and theological encyclopaedia.

BTH102M Christian Leadership

This module (course) introduces students to the biblical and theological concept of “shepherding” as a comprehensive matrix for pastoral ministry and explores practical models of church governance as applicable to contemporary cultural and ecclesiastical contexts.

BTH101L Hebrew 1A

This is the first of six modules (courses) devoted to the study of Classical Hebrew and will introduce students to the basic features of Classical Hebrew: the alphabet; vowel system; pronunciation; nouns and adjectives, prepositions and Hebrew numbers.

BTH111L Greek 1A

This module (course) provides students with a foundation in Koine Greek and the Greek noun system.

BTH111B New Testament Studies 1

This module (course) provides students with a general historical and literary framework requisite for responsible New Testament interpretation. This framework will then be used for interpreting and applying the canonical Gospels by analysing the earthly ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ.

BTH104B Biblical Hermeneutics 1

This module (course) will provide students with an overall framework for exegeting any passage of Scripture in a manner that is sensitive to the reader’s world, the author’s world, and the text itself, whilst appreciating the Christological/gospel-centred implications of any text as a prerequisite for meaningful personal application.

BTH102M Spiritual Formation

This module (course) provides an integrated study of the Christian life and the development of personal character in conformity to the values and virtues of God’s kingdom, as delineated by conceptual frameworks and major categories in spiritual theology, resulting in the classical spiritual disciplines.

BTH101H Church History 1 (Early Church to Reformation)

This module (course) will introduce students to the major movements and personalities of church history along with the major events and ideas that shaped the life and thought of the church from the time of the Early Church Fathers to the Protestant Reformation.

BTH102L Hebrew 1B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Hebrew 1A, enabling students to grasp the essential elements of Classical Hebrew’s verbal system, strong verbs and verbs with gutturals.

BTH112L Greek 1B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Greek 1A, enabling students to grasp the essential elements of Koine Greek’s non-indicative verb system.

BTH201T Systematic Theology 1 (God and Revelation)

This module (course) establishes a systematic theological foundation in bibliology, theology proper and angelology.

BTH201B Biblical Hermeneutics 2

This module (course) builds on the foundational principles learnt in Hermeneutics 1 through sentence diagramming and Bible-Arcing, where students will critically appraise the nature of meaning, divine authorship, the grammatical-historical method; the problem of historical relativity, circularity, incompleteness, and probability; and the essential pneumatological dimension of hermeneutics.

BTH202B Old Testament Studies 2

This module (course) explores the role of the Hebrew prophets in Israelite society and the nature of Israelite prophecy through a biblical-theological framework, in light of the Ancient Near Eastern context. 

BTH201H Church History 2 (Reformation to Modern Era)

This module (course) will introduce students to the major movements and personalities of church history along with the major events and ideas that influenced the development of the church from the late seventeenth century to the present.

BTH201L Hebrew 2A

This module (course) builds on the principles of Hebrew 1B, enabling students to grasp the essential elements of Classical Hebrew’s weak verb stems and their idiosyncrasies.

BTH211L Greek 2A

This module (course) builds on the principles of Greek 1B, enabling students to grasp the essential elements of Koine Greek’s particles and non-indicative moods.

BTH202T Systematic Theology 2 (Christ and Salvation)

This module (course) establishes a systematic theological foundation in anthropology, hamartiology, Christology and soteriology.

BTH203T ATR & Christianity in Africa

This module (course) analyses and provides a critique of the spread of Christianity in Africa, African theologies and the teachings of African Traditional Religion and sects.

BTH211B New Testament Studies 2

This module (course) motivates and employs a historical-critical framework for interpreting and applying the Pauline letters.

BTH202M Biblical Counselling

This module (course) provides students with a biblical basis for counselling in order to critically evaluate biblical and secular models of counselling/psychology, reinterpreting and appropriating psychological insights through a theologically redemptive paradigm.

CMCT1 Christian Ministry and Community Transformation 1

Church Awakening: This module seeks to empower the learner to help the church to transform herself and her immediate community in holistic development using God given and available resources in a sustainable manner.

BTH202L Hebrew 2B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Hebrew 2A, enabling students to translate and exegete longer pericopes from selected chapters of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.

BTH212L Greek 2B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Greek 2A, enabling students to perform rudimentary clausal analysis and correctly parse short pericopes from the Greek New Testament.

BTH301T Systematic Theology 3 (The Spirit and the Church)

This module (course) establishes a systematic theological foundation in pneumatology, ecclesiology and eschatology.

BTH302T Christian Ethics

This module (course) provides students with redemptive-historical, covenantal, confessional, and biblical-theological foundation for Christian life and ethics, resulting in a biblical-theological framework with which to derive and critically evaluate ethical decisions.

BTH301B Old Testament Studies 3

This module (course) explores the major theological themes and literary features of selected texts from the poetic and wisdom books of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on the nature of biblical poetry, in the light of the Ancient Near Eastern context.

BTH301M Expository Preaching 1

This module (course) is an introduction to the art and science of expository preaching where students will learn how to derive their homiletical proposition from the central exegetical proposition of a pericope, from which they will craft a coherent, theologically-sound, rhetorically-rich exposition and preach it. 

BTH301L Hebrew 3A

This module (course) builds on the principles of Hebrew 2B, exposing students to more advanced translation techniques as they exegete chapters from the Psalms and book of Jonah.

BTH311L Greek 3A

This module (course) builds on the principles of Greek 2B, exposing students to more advanced Greek grammar and syntax as they parse, translate, and syntactically diagram multiple verses of the Greek New Testament in ascending levels of difficulty.

BTH302M Ministry Elective

This module (course) will give students the opportunity to study a ministry-related subject such as Church Administration or Christian Education in more detail.

BTH303T Missiology

This module (course) provides students with a theology of mission, deriving biblical principles for urban and rural ministry in missiological terms with attention to tensions in cross-cultural situations.

BTH304T World Religions

This module (course) surveys the major world religions, explores their primary texts and provides a critical assessment of their teachings and practices from a biblical perspective.

 

BTH311B New Testament Studies 3

This module (course) motivates and employs a historical-critical framework for interpreting and applying the General Letters.

BTH305T Philosophy & Logic

This module (course) introduces students to the key concepts, personalities, and movements in the history of philosophy, a critical evaluation of past and current discussions in the philosophy of religion and natural philosophy, with special attention to the sub-discipline of logic.

CMCT2 Christian Ministry and Community Transformation 2

Church and Community description: This module empowers the learner/church to examine their history and current situation which helps to identify the root causes of the present situation.

BTH302L Hebrew 3B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Hebrew 3A, introducing students to textual criticism and equipping them to exegete the book of Ruth.

BTH312L Greek 3B

This module (course) builds on the principles of Greek 3A, requiring students to correctly parse and exegete a whole book from the Greek New Testament.

BTH312B Book Elective

Students will study an Old or New Testament book or set of books or set of chapters in more detail than possible in a general OT or NT module.

BTH401M Innovation in Ministry

The aim of this module is to help students to discover how the application of innovation in the local church makes an impact on ministry strategies today.

BTH401G Research Methodology

This module (course) introduces different research methodologies that may be applied when doing research for the writing of a project or thesis in preparation for ministry in new situations.

BTH402M Expository Preaching 2

This module (course) develops the art and science of homiletics in the context of diverse biblical genres, where students will learn to critically reflect on the nuance of various hermeneutical principles in the development of their exposition and rhetoric.

BTH401T Apologetics

This module (course) will introduce students to the fundamental principles of Christian apologetics, appraise various apologetic methodologies and establish a biblical warrant for the Christian faith in terms of a robust presuppositional framework.

BTH402T Contextualization

This module (course) enables students to gain skills for studying the local culture and language so as to be able to present the gospel in any place to any people group.

BTH405T Practical Theology

This module (course) exists to help students become competent practitioners who can apply biblical exegesis and theology to real world issues in the Zimbabwean context. 

BTH402M Youth Ministry

This module (course) provides a theological foundation for youth ministry that will help students do theological and missiological reflection, engage youth in their context, and critically appraise existing models of youth ministry in order to develop an effective ministerial methodology.

BTH401B OT Exegesis

This module (course) will provide students with a historical-critical exposition of an Old Testament book, e.g. Daniel, that analyses its literary and theological structure and value in light of various interpretive approaches to be critiqued and evaluated.

BTH411B NT Exegesis

This module (course) will provide students with a historical-critical exposition of a New Testament book, e.g. Revelation, that analyses its literary and theological structure and value in light of various interpretive approaches to be critiqued and evaluated.

CMCT3 Christian Ministry and Community Transformation 3

Information Gathering: This module seeks to help the learner with tools of information gathering so as to write a full baseline for both the church and community.

BTH402G Mini Dissertation

This module (course), in conjunction with BTH401G (Research Methodology) prepares a student to write a dissertation of 10 000 to 12 000 words on a theologically-relevant research topic of their choice, entailing the formulation of a research problem, gathering and analysing data, interacting critically with existing literature, resulting in a sustained logical argument that culminates in a provocative and persuasive conclusion.