A detailed consideration of God’s and Israel’s mission, as portrayed in the Old Testament and as understood within the geographical, historical, religious, philosophical and political climate of the first century. This course may be taken as a substitution for the BS 515 Introduction to the Old Testament Studies requirement, and as a practical theology elective in Mission and Intercultural studies.
- Teacher: Dr. József Steiner
This course is designed to develop a sound theological understanding for developing Christian-ethical perspectives in the changing issues of personal and social life in the contemporary world. Special methodological emphasis will be given to ethical reasoning and its philosophical presuppositions, including contemporary ethics of virtuous character and community. Christian particularity of moral reasoning will be seen in following Jesus as the Lord over all as well as guidance of the Holy Scriptures as the authoritative text in the life and conscience of Christian communities.
This course will address the theological necessity of engaging the Old Testament in the church’s ministry of preaching and teaching and the concrete challenges of doing so effectively. Particular attention will be given to reflective engagement with the complex set of hermeneutical issues, which Christian teachers and preachers face when engaging the Old Testament and how a sophisticated understanding of the Old Testament’s various literary genres assists/helps/aids the teacher or preacher in communicating ways that are faithful to the original contexts and relevant to contemporary audiences.
- Teacher: Konstantin Nazarov