In this second part of a two part course, the student will explore the entire Apostolic Scriptures to discover the central theme the Scripture themselves present and how these are in accord with the declared message of the Tanach. This class will work through the material presented by Walter Kaiser in the second half of his The Promise-Plan book. As he states, there is a center or theme given by Scripture itself, “It is one all-encompassing promise of life through the Messiah that winds itself throughout salvation history in both the Old and New Testaments, giving cohesiveness and unity to the various parts of Scripture.” As a discipline, biblical theology sees the 66 books as God’s finished work of special revelation. It is a branch of exegetical study that seeks to let the historical and grammatical reading of the text provide the meaning God intends. As such, this course will explore the unfolding themes that Scripture itself reveals about God, His people, His land and most importantly how He has portrayed His plan for all of creation. Students are encouraged to take both courses to get a complete picture of God’s promise-plan.
Textbooks: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr, The Promise-Plan of God: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Zonvervan, 2008).
Instructor: Gary Springer, M.A.C.M.
Gary graduated from Faith Evangelical Seminary in 2013 with a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry M.A.C.M. with Counseling Concentration and from Columbia Southern University with a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Business in 2010. He retired from 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He began his military career as an Avionics Technician, but spent the bulk of his service in Air Force Recruiting. He and his wife Angie have two children and seven grandchildren. Since 2004, Gary has served as one of the Overseers at Congregation Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA.