1.ACTS 3060 DOGMATICS 1 with H.E. Metropolitan Serapion, Bishop Kyrillos, and Fr. Kyrillos Ibrahim (ASL) Monday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM This course introduces the dogmatic content of Orthodox theology, with a special focus on Trinitarian Theology and Christology. 2. ACTS 2001 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING with Dr. Sarah Morcos (ASL) Thursday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.. This seminar introduces seminary students to graduate-level research and writing skills with specific attention to academic writing, theological research, citations, and elements of writing style. The seminar introduces the nature of theological reflection and “thinking theologically” concerning various topics and issues they encounter in academic study and ministry. 3. ACTS 3055 APOLOGETICS 1 with Fr. Gregory Bishay (ASL) Wednesday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. This course will explore how to defend the faith (1 Pet 3:15), answer every question (Col. 4:6), reason with others (Acts 18:4), and cast down arguments (2 Cor 10:5) regarding the basic principles of the faith. This course assists servants to reactively respond to questions by removing intellectual and existential barriers, while proactively sharing the relevant message of the Gospel. 4. ACTS 3015 CHURCH HISTORY 1 with Deacon Severus Mikhail and Dr. Sarah Morcos (ASL) . This is an in depth survey of the development of early Christianity from the Apostolic Age through the early Arab Conquests of the seventh century. While the emphasis is on the history and historiography of the Coptic Orthodox Church (the Sea of Alexandria), the course discusses all major political and theological developments and personalities of the early Christian era in the east and west. 5. ACTS 3023 BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS with Dr. George Tadros and Fr. Gregory Bishay (SAL). This Course will tackle the major apologetic challenges to the Biblical text and interpretation. Topics covered include authenticity, canonicity, textual variations, and the use of Biblical Archeology in OT and NT studies. Additionally, the course will discuss the major apologetic debates in OT (e.g. Creation vs. Evolution, Flood geology, historicity of Exodus, morality of the Canaanite war, slavery) and NT (Historical Jesus, Resurrection of Christ, miracles). 6. ACTS 3011 New Testament Greek II with Dr. Ramez Mikhail (ASL) Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM This course provides a preliminary study of Koine based on the New Testament. The basic concepts of New Testament Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary are studied and applied to the text of the Gospels. This course is for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Greek. A basic outline of the Grammar, both in etymology and syntax, sufficient for earlier stages of the study with graduated exercises will be introduced. Examples to be studied will be taken primarily from the Scriptures and from the Greek language in the Coptic liturgy. 7. ACTS 3019: Monastic History, Literature, and Scholarship with Deacon Severus Mikhail (LOC/ASL) Tuesday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM This course provides an in depth survey of monastic literature in Egypt from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries in light of archeology and modern academic studies. 8. ACTS 3044 The Coptic Liturgy of the Hours with Dr. Ramez Mikhail, an Intensive Course from January 8-18 (LOC) 8:00 AM-1:00 PM (except for Sunday January 13th). This course is an examination of the origins and development of the Coptic liturgy of the hours, which comprises the prayer hours of the Ajbiya (Horologion), the praise services of the Psalmodia, and the evening and morning raising of incense. An initial survey of daily prayer in the New Testament and the Early Church paves the way for exploring the Coptic liturgy of the hours as a unique expression of the prayer life of Coptic Orthodox Christians reflected in both medieval and contemporary primary sources. IMPORTANT SPRING 2019 DATES Nov. 17, 2018: Registration Open LOC: Live instruction at Orange County Campus January 22: First Day of Classes February 4: Last day to Add/Drop ASL: The Asynchronous Learning model gives students the option (but not February 4: Payment due in full, or payment plan required the requirement) of attending the course online at the same time of February 18: Last day for partial (50%) Refund instruction or at anytime during the week such that they meet the weekly May 13-17: Finals Week requirements in the syllabus. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments throughout the course.
SAL: Self-paced Asynchronous Learning classes are those where instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time throughout the semester. Students may complete the course at the same pace as a regular course offering (approx. 1 lecture per week) or may accelerate their studies and complete the course as quickly as they would like.