Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0220 Biblical Greek SPRING 2016-2017: FOCUS - GOSPEL OF MARK
An inquiry into the Old and New Testaments as Christian scripture and the Bible's multiple ways of presenting the nature of God and God's commitments to the world and its peoples. Students develop a nuanced outlook of the Bible as a whole as they gain experience identifying how several theological ideas receive different expression in the scriptures at different times in the history of Israel and the church. Small discussion groups provide weekly opportunities to interpret several books from the Old and New Testaments in greater depth while attending to those books' connections to other parts of scripture. Students consider how they lead others in making sense of the Bible in light of their current realities and for the sake of exploring and articulating their Christian faith. The course brings students' cultural contexts into conversation with the Bible and emphasizes how understanding the Bible requires them to engage other biblical interpreters as essential conversation partners. Prerequisite: SG0701 Scripture and Its Witnesses I (or OT1110 or NT1210-NT1213).
FULFILLS PAULINE TRADITION REQUIREMENT
A detailed analysis of the Gospel according to Luke, attending to the themes, theology, and teaching of the Gospel within its ancient setting, as well as its significance for our own time. The course highlights both the distinctiveness of Luke and its similarities to the other Gospels. To form and equip students as biblical interpreters, the course considers various interpretive traditions and explores what it means to read, teach, or preach Luke theologically. Sections based on either Greek or English text.
Saint John Chrysostom referred to the book of Acts as “a strange new dish,” and it remains exactly that for many readers, preachers, and congregations. What can we learn from this lively story of travel, growth, setbacks, miracles, opposition, and responses to the Spirit’s initiative? This course explores Acts as a theological narrative, a book that makes bold and sometimes difficult claims about the nature of God, the gospel, and humanity. Together we will explore the challenges and opportunities that come with preaching Acts, whether according to the Revised Common Lectionary’s scattered seasonal offerings from Acts or through a series of sermons designed to walk a congregation into a deeper engagement with the book’s narrative depiction of God, the church, human cultures, and the gospel. By working with Acts in particular, the course aims to strengthen biblical preaching in general. Interpreting and preaching Acts helps us think more creatively and with more nuance about the nature and theological character of biblical narrative, and so this course also considers what it means to preach a narrative and how preachers help Christian communities understand how biblical narrative can stimulate their theological imaginations. COURSE MEETS JUNE 12-18, 2017