Emmaus Distance Learning
Emmaus Distance Learning extends the mission of Emmaus Bible College to students from around the world, providing accredited online courses for college credit without the constraints of a traditional classroom. Emmaus Distance Learning is an affordable and convenient way to receive the trusted bible teaching you need to deepen your relationship with Christ and to enrich your ministry to others. Explore our current and future courses below, and take the next step by applying online today.
Current EDL Courses
Fall 2nd Term (October 24th - December 18th)
- Old Testament Survey 1 (3 cr) Show description.
A survey of the books of the Old Testament covering the period from Creation through the Davidic monarchy. Attention will be given to the distinctive message and major features of each book with an emphasis on the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic Covenants as they pertain to God’s purposes for Israel and the world.
- Counseling Foundations (3 cr) Show description.
An introductory course in biblically-integrated counseling. The student will gain an understanding of counseling with a biblical foundation while being exposed to various techniques and theories of counseling. A foundation will be set for basic skill and technique in counseling. Ethics, referral training, and available resources will be addressed.
- Theology 1 (3 cr) Show description.
An examination of three foundational areas of Christian theology: (1) Theological prolegomena, that is, a study of the nature and method of systematic theology, (2) Bibliology, that is, a study of divine revelation as well as the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture with an evaluation of contemporary views on these topics, and (3) Theology Proper, that is, a study of the existence and attributes of God and the biblical evidence for Trinitarianism with an evaluation of contemporary views on these topics.
- 1st Corinthians (3 cr) Show description.
An exposition of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians with careful attention being paid to the argument of the book, its problem passages, and its contribution to New Testament church practices.
Spring 1st Term (January 2nd - February 26th)
- New Testament Survey (3 cr) (15 weeks) Show description.
An overview of the New Testament, including an emphasis on the distinctive message, historical setting, and theological contribution of each book. Geographical and archaeological support for each book is also considered.
- Apologetics (3 cr) Show description.
An introduction to the task and methodology of Christian apologetics. This course will explore common objections to the Christian faith and prepare students to respond in reasonable and appropriate ways. Students are also introduced to the impact of postmodernism in our culture and the challenge it presents for the apologetic enterprise.
- Methods and Techniques of Counseling (3 cr) Show description.
A study of the major techniques and strategies that can be appropriately and effectively used in counseling individuals or families, including ways of determining, defining, and treating problems. Prerequisite: COU 121 Counseling Foundations
Spring 2nd Term (February 27th - April 23rd)
- Old Testament Survey 2 (3 cr) Show description.
A survey of the books of the Old Testament covering the period from Solomon through the post-exilic prophets. Attention will be given to the distinctive message and major features of each book with an emphasis on the events leading up to Israel’s captivity, as interpreted by the prophets, and on the nation’s return from exile. Special consideration will be given to the prophetic expression of hope with respect to Israel’s future.
- World Religions (3 cr) Show description.
An exploration of the major world religions will be undertaken along with a comparison of their teachings with the teachings of orthodox Christianity. Religions such as Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam will be analyzed for the purpose of determining how best to reach adherents of these faiths with the gospel.
- Multicultural Counseling Techniques (3 cr) Show description.
A study of cultural and cross-cultural issues as they relate to counseling. The course will investigate the society and the church in terms of the role of ethnic groups, lifestyle traditions and change, populations patterns and counseling in various societies and mission fields.
Summer Term 1 (May 1st - June 25th)
- Life of Christ (3 cr) Show description.
A detailed study in the life of Christ. The chronological and geographical aspects of the Lord’s ministry will be stressed as He offers the Kingdom to Israel with its subsequent rejection. A term project tracing the geographical and chronological movement is required.
- Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (3 cr) Show description.
This course undertakes a biblical examination of three areas of Christian theology: (1) Christology—the study of the person of Christ, including discussion of his deity, humanity, and the hypostatic union; (2) Pneumatology—the study of the Holy Spirit, including consideration of his personhood, deity, and ministries; and (3) Soteriology—the study of salvation, including the atonement, election, justification, and saving faith. Variant teaching and historical developments in understanding of the doctrines will also be addressed as appropriate.
- Western Civilization 1 (3 cr) Show description.
This course covers the development of the West from the birth of civilization to the start of the Enlightenment (1700s). Topics include the region/countries of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. A brief look at the Protestant Reformation and Renaissance will conclude the course. An important part of the course is the establishment of a model on how to conduct historical inquiry.
Summer Term 2 (June 26th - August 20th)
- God, Creation, and Sin (3 cr) Show description.
This course undertakes a biblical examination of four areas of Christian theology: (1) Theology Proper—the study of the doctrine of God, including theism and trinitarianism; (2) Angelology—the study of the existence, nature, activities and destiny of holy as well as evil angels including Satan; (3) Anthropology—the study of the origin, nature, and calling of man; and (4) Hamartiology—the study of the doctrine of sin, including its definition, character, and its role and impact on human individual and corporate life. Variant teaching and historical developments in understanding of the doctrines will also be addressed as appropriate.
- Romans (3 cr) Show description.
A verse-by-verse exposition of the Epistle to the Romans with careful attention paid to the development of the argument of the book, the authorship, recipients, occasion, purpose, and theology of the epistle.
- English Composition (3 cr) Show description.
An introduction to the critical reading and writing skills essential for success at college. English Composition aims to prepare students for college in two ways. One, students will learn the essential writing skills needed as they start college. We will learn to do academic research, to build an argument from research and integrate it into a paper, to structure a paper and use transitions to guide readers through it, and to explain ideas in detail and with clarity. As students learn and practice these skills, they will be equipped to successfully complete upper-level writing assignments. Two, students will learn the critical thinking skills needed to as they leave college and assume responsibilities in their jobs and communities. Our world is dealing with some serious issues right now; to help students develop a thoughtful, well-supported opinion on these issues, we will read a mix of news articles and essays and discuss these in light of a biblical worldview; we will also research and write about these issues. Ultimately, students will have an opportunity to stake out a position on the important issues their communities are wrestling with and explain their position with grace and truth. My hope is that they become thoughtful, reflective people, able to engage the world from a Christian point of view.
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