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Monday     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
Thursday     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday         CLOSED

MS Course of Study (COS)

MS Course of Study (COS)
Monday, September 14, 2020 to Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley

Course of Study - Fall 2020 - ​September 14 - October 17 (ONLINE)

COS 121: Bible I: Introduction
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Required books for this course are:
Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook, John Hayes & Carl Holladay (required)
The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, Bernhard Anderson (required)
How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth, Fee & Stuart (required)
The Art of Teaching the Bible, Christine Easton Blair (required)
Inspired, Rachel Held Evans (required)
The Very Good Gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper (required)
​The Interpreters One-Volume Commentary (reference)
Harper Collins Bible Dictionary (reference)
NRSV - New Interpreter's Study Bible (reference)


COS 221: Bible II: Torah & Israel's History
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Required books for this course are:
The Old Testament: A Historical & Literary Introduction, Michael Coogan (required)
The Pentatuch, Terrence Fretheim (required)
A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition, Birch,Brueggemann, Fretheim & Petersen (required)
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, Rachel Held Evans​ (required)
The Jewish Study Bible: TANAKH Translation, Oxford Edition (required)


COS 323: Congregational Care
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Required books for this course are:
The Skilled Pastor: Counseling as the Practice of Theology, Charles W. Taylor (required)
African American Pastoral Care and Counseling: Oppression and Empowerment, Ed Wimberly (required)

Optional Student Choice Assignment - Choose one of the following:
Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities, Hoeft, Jung & Marshall 
Pastoral Care Emergencies, David K. Switzer
Listening and Caring Skills in Ministry: A Guide for Leaders and Groups, John Savage
Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life, Ronald Richardson

COS 421: Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom
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Required books for this course are:

Spirituality of the Psalms, Walter Brueggemann (required)
You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Stulman & Kim (required)
Wisdom Literature, Richard Clifford (required)
A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition, Birch,Brueggmann, Frietham & Petersen (reference)

COS 521: BIble V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation
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Required books for this course are:
Introducing the New Testament, Mark Allen Powell (required)
Navigating Paul, Jouette Bassler (required)
The Moral Teaching of Paul, Victor Furnish (supplementary)
Revelation, N.T. Wright, (supplementary)
The New Testament: Methods and Meanings, Carter/Levine (supplementary)
New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, Gordon Fee (supplementary)


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Syllabus for COS 121

Syllabus for COS 221

Syllabus for COS 323

Syllabus for COS 421

Syllabus for COS 521

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2020 Mississippi Course of Study Policies and Guidelines

2020-2021 Curriculum and Course Schedule