2014 Epiphany Term Courses
January 6-10, 2014
TH 717/AT 825 Spiritual Interpretation of the Scriptures in the Early Church Fathers
The past several decades have witnessed a resurgence of interest in spiritual or theological interpretation of Scripture. This resurgence goes hand in hand with a reappraisal of pre-modern approaches to biblical exegesis. This course explores the potential of spiritual interpretation in dialogue with the Church Fathers. To this end, students will draw on lectures, on (especially primary) readings, and on class discussion. We will read the Church Fathers not primarily out of historical interest, but in order to engage their sacramental or participatory approach to Scripture. Thus, in a spirit of congenial sympathy with the patristic outlook, this course will trace how the Church Fathers ascend through the letter of the biblical text to the spiritual purpose of life in communion with the Triune God.
Dr. Hans Boersma, Regent College, Vancouver, JI Packer Professor of Theology
BE 835 Chosen People? The Bible, Election, and the People Israel
This course will investigate the idea of chosenness, or election, within the Bible. It will first focus on election within the Genesis narratives, where this theme emerges, moving to the rest of the Torah and Old Testament more generally before examining the question from the perspective of the New Testament. Professors Kaminsky and Lohr, recognized for their publications on and important contributions to the topic, will draw from their respective strengths as biblical scholars who stand within the Jewish and Christian traditions. This course will therefore present a unique opportunity for students to learn not only from experts on the topic (and the area of Bible), but also from practitioners from both Judaism and Christianity--bringing a depth to the course and its content. As a result, students will also learn about the nature of Jewish-Christian dialogue and the ways in which Jews and Christians approach scripture differently.
Dr. Joel N. Lohr, University of the Pacific, Chaplain, with Honored Guest Dr. Joel S. Kaminsky, Smith College, Professor of Religion
CD 821 Building Congregations That Thrive
This course is specifically designed to provide practical models for ministry that address the challenge of numerical, spiritual and financial growth for congregations within the Anglican tradition. Most clergy were trained and equipped to manage the institutional church and have had very little training in the areas of Evangelism, Discipleship, Stewardship, Healing, Intercessory Prayer, Leadership and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Yet these things are the heart of the gospel applied. This is what Jesus did, what He taught the disciples to do and what He wants us to do. The course connects the “information” with the “application”. It is both the words of Jesus (teaching) and the works of Jesus (ministry) that are critical. Reclaiming the work of the Holy Spirit as “normative” in the local church is the goal. Healing the sick should be normal. Making disciples should be normal. Evangelism should be normal. You will find this course to be challenging, compelling, highly practical and very encouraging for your ministry.
The Rev. Frank Baltz, Rector Emeritus of St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA
AT 719/L828 Liturgy and Piety in Medieval Norwich
Dr. David Sherwood, DMin (DMin - Liturgy and Ascetical Theology)