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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Extension Classes

These courses are designed for graduate seminary students pursuing degrees and/or auditing classes related to a Master's degree in theological studies (M.A. or Th.M.). If you intend to receive academic credit for these courses then you must register with Chafer Theological Seminary and order the course material through them.

Students without the proper registration will not be given credit for the coursework. Contact information may be found at

January 2008 - February 2008

A thematic study of the Life of Jesus the Messiah with a special emphasis on Jewish, Rabbinic and cultural backgrounds. This course will include all four Gospels by the use of a harmony of the Gospels.

View the course outline and syllabus by clicking on the notes and slideshow links respectively in the first session.

Instructor: Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum

February 2008 - May 2008

A study of the historical development of selected doctrines, with attention to the development of each theological theme from the church fathers to the present day.

This course seeks to define the origins and development of the theology of the church. It will trace the historical development of the major branches of systematic theology, noting specifically the formulation and modification of each branch from the early church to the present day. In addition, an attempt will be made to define the major formulation of doctrine, whether orthodox or heterodox. Finally, an investigation of the contemporary trends in Protestant thought will enable the student to gain perspective on the issues with which the church is grappling.

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Instructor: Dr. Robert Dean, Jr., Th.M., M.A., D.Min.

January 2010 - February 2010

Israelology is a systematic theology of what the Scriptures say in regard to the people of Israel. Dr. Fruchtenbaum surveys Israel's past, present and future from the perspective of four major schools of theology (postmillennialism, amillennialism, premillennialism and dispensationalism). Israelology is a dispensational study of this topic, how it is central to a proper systematic theology and, thus, critical in terms of issues such as Messiah's return, evangelism, anti-Semitism and, ultimately, God's entire agenda for Jews and Gentiles alike.

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Instructor: Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum

March 2012

The servant of Jesus Christ must know about the history of the New Testament text to avoid mistakes, and to appreciate what God has done through faithful men and women.

The student will study the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, the history, methods, and status of New Testament Textual Criticism (TC), and collation practice. The history of the printed Greek New Testament, apparatuses in the Greek New Testament, and practical applications of textual data are covered. Textual, translation, and preservation theories are evaluated.

Those attending will learn the basics concerning New Testament textual criticism, appreciation of historic textual studies and the reliability of the inerrant Word of God. Also, the student will learn the use of Greek New Testament textual apparatuses and do research in New Testament text and translations.

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See the slideshow link under the first item for the slides for this course.

Instructor: Dr. Ronald Minton, Th.D.