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Capital Seminary (w/ Lancaster Bible College now)... wuddya know bout it?

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by Greektim, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Greektim

    Greektim Well-Known Member

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    Thoughts on this seminary. Reputation? Programs?

    I'm looking into their PhD in Biblical Studies.

    PS--Sorry I haven't been here in a while. Did ya miss me (those who remember me)?
     
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    I know nothing, except that I missed ya.

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    I have several friends and former colleagues who either now teach at LBC or were on faculty but are now retired.

    Most were Central or Calvary Seminary graduates.

    The school is mainstream fundamental without being radical fundamentalist.

    The Ph.D. programs are a bit expensive running around $37,000. But most schools are getting at least that expensive, or more.

    Overall I would say it is a good school. Been around for about 90 years and is regionally accredited. I think there are now 4 or 5 satellite campuses around the country.
     
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    PS: Welcome back. :)
     
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    Why did you go AWOL GT?

    Yeah, I've missed you. You and I used to be best buds in various forums here --especially in the Bible translations sector.

    Where are you on the theological spectrum these days?
     
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    I've not change too much theologically. Except I claim to be a confessional reformed Baptist now. Can you guess which confession? ;)

    I'm more looking into the prestige and reputation of Capital Seminary (now under the LBC umbrella). Given my location, an ATS seminary would be hard to swing due to their residency requirements. I really have only 3 options: SEBTS, LU, & Capital.

    LU doesn't intrigue me w/ their PhD in theology and apologetics (I'm not an evidentialist either). I have heard rumors ("whispers in the east") that they might start a PhD in Bib Studies. But who knows if it will happen or when.

    I did my Mdiv equiv and ThM at SEBTS, so I was wanting some diversity; plus I would not be able to attend the Bib Stud or Bib Theo program but would have to settle for Theological Studies (not all bad I suppose). They are cheaper and have a great reputation.

    Capital is expensive ($14,000 more than SEBTS for me). And I'm not sure where I would measure up in resume comparisons. Would I fair better w/ a SEBTS PhD or one from Capital? I've spoken w/ people at Capital concerning the doctrinal differences. So that's not an issue.
     
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    That part concerns me a bit. I'm not trying to get into the fundie world again, unless it is reformed.
     
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    Which of the fundamentals of the faith do you now reject as Truth?
     
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    Greektim Well-Known Member

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    None. But I would rather identify w/ evangelicals than fundamentalists.

    Aside from that, I'm still wrestling with this.
     
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    What's the difference?
     
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    Greektim Well-Known Member

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    Perception?
     
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    That is probably correct. The terms "fundamental" and "fundamentalist" have been misused so often that the very meaning of the words has changed in the perception of many people. And that is sad. Our language is being co-opted by philological revisionists.

    Fundamentalist used to mean a bible believer.
    Grass used to be something you mowed, not smoked.
    Gay used to mean light hearted.
    Sick used to mean ill. Now it seems to mean "good."

    I am having to learn an entire new language in my dotage! (As if anyone remembers what that word means.) :)
     
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    Well I'll be starting in the PhD in the Fall. Prayers would be most welcomed.
     
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    What is your field of study, and welcome to being reformed Baptist, as I am one now, do you uphold the 1689 Confession?
     
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    GkTim: Well I'll be starting in the PhD in the Fall. Prayers would be most welcomed.

    You didn't say where...Capital? SEBTS? LU?
     
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    Sorry, I was going off of the OP title. Yes, Capital.

    And Yeshua1, I'll let you guess if I am 1689 confessor based on my pic. Did you ever decide to leave Premill behind???
     
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    Duh! I am still a preMill, but have let go of the pre trib rapture and moved into historical premill, as Spurgeon held with!
     
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    Congratulations, Tim!
     
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    Thanks! But I think I might prefer you save those for when/if I actually complete this.
     
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    So as an update, I'm nearly through my first semester at Capital Seminary. Very impressed w/ it and Lancaster Bible College. I would put Capital as the Dallas Seminary of the east coast. It is not degree mill by any stretch! Here is the book list for my upcoming OT backgrounds class:

    Hallo, William H. The Context of Scripture. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002.

    Huehnergard, John. A Grammar of Akkadian. 3d ed. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011.

    Nichaus, Jeffrey, J. Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008.

    Smelik, Klaas, A. D. Writings from Ancient Israel: A Handbook of Historical and Religious Documents. Edinburgh, Scotland: T & T Clark, 1992.

    Van Pelt, Miles. Basics of Biblical Aramaic: Complete Grammar, Lexicon, and Annotated Text. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

    Williams, Michael. Basics of Ancient Ugaritic: A Concise Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.

    So... I'll be dabbling in Akkadian, Ugaritic, and Aramaic. Since they are all Semitic languages, they have the same basic system of grammar (I suppose). But the level of scholarship and professors are top notch. I can't wait to see what languages I'll be dealing w/ in the NT backgrounds course.
     
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