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Christian Studies Department

2.5 Bible Credits are Required for Graduation

(Bible is taken each year)

OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES (Required), 9th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

The goal of the Old Testament Survey course is for students to know and believe a Christian view of the world that is constructed from the Scriptures and be able to contrast that to the polytheistic worldviews of the ancient Near East during the time of the Old Testament. The course presents a challenge for the Christian and non-Christian alike to be able to recognize the foundations and implications these distinct views offer and argue a position based on the corresponding primary source texts. 

NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES (Required), 10th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

The tenth grade Bible course studies the purpose and works of Jesus found in Matthew, Acts, Galatians, Ephesians, and portions of the Apostle Paul’s other epistles.  A study of the intertestamental time period provides a foundation for the Biblical narrative of the New Testament.  Students are presented with the Truth of the person and work of Christ and His fulfillment of promises given throughout the Old Testament.  They are also challenged to consider the meaning of freedom in Christ.  The course is taught from a historical and cultural context and provides the additional benefit of a comparison between the identities found in the cultural values of the Romans, Greeks, ancient Jewish sects, and Christ followers from the 1st Century. 


1 semester, 0.5 credit

This course is a study of Christianity from the Early Church to the present. It is designed to give the student a broad view of Church history with the intent to magnify the glory of God in preserving His truth. It will help students understand the development of Christian thought and doctrine as a part of God’s overall pattern of history. In addition, students will be taught how to study the Bible in order to make personal application to their own lives.

ENGAGING THE 21ST CENTURY (Required), 12th Grade

2 semesters, 1 credit

Senior Bible consists of two major components. The first component is called World View, and it is designed to systematically walk students through life’s BIG QUESTIONS, comparing the Christian worldview with other prominent worldviews vying for allegiance in Western culture.  It is intended to effectively prepare students to defend the Christian worldview against all its competitors.  The second component, known as Servant Leadership, allows students the opportunity to discover for themselves that it really is “more blessed to give than to receive.”  Students choose a site in the Hermitage/Donelson community to serve for a fourteen week period of time, during which they invest themselves in improving the lives of others.  Many have established long term relationships with these individuals resulting in a lifetime commitment to serve others.

FINDING TRUTH IN OUR TIMES (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

This course helps students further explore Biblical concepts in depth.  Topics include eschatology, suffering, heaven, the existence and nature of evil, reason(s) for the hope within, does Israel matter, and Christian belief in an age of skepticism. Several teachers and staff team-teach this course. Alternates years with Unlocking the Hebrew Bible course.

LEADING THROUGH SERVICE (Elective), 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

Seniors who choose this self-directed course select a site to do extended community service, contact the organization, and serve the that community during the entire semester.

UNLOCKING THE HEBREW ALPHABET (Elective) 11th or 12th grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

Come and discover what Jesus meant when he said, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” An iota represents the smallest Hebrew letter, Yod, while a dot represents the smallest of strokes in these letters.  Unlike the English alphabet where the alphabet is symbols that represent sounds, the Hebrew alphabet is 22 letters made up of pictures.  How Jesus fulfills his work of salvation is found in the uncovering of these picture letters.   The focus in this course is learning how to analyze the Hebrew alphabet that leads to a foundation of reading Hebrew. Alternates with Finding Truth In Our Times course.