Regent College Courses

Jan 17th '16

 

GENERAL COURSES


BIBL 501 Old Testament Foundations: aims to present an overview of the background and contents of the books that make up the Old Testament, and to offer some reflection on the question of how they are best read together as part of the Christian canon of Scripture.  It is most profitably taken in conjunction with INDS 501 Christian Thought and Culture I, which further explores in an extended manner how the Bible functions as an intrinsic part of the Scriptural rule of faith and life for the Christian.  Taught each Fall semester (regular version) and Spring Semester (abbreviated version).
 
BIBL 600 Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism: aims to examine the assumptions, history and variety of critical methods and perspectives brought to bear on the biblical texts in the modern period; to ask intelligent questions about the coherence and value of these methods; and to clarify how their employment is important to a biblical hermeneutic which is both intellectually sustainable and consistent with the faith of the Church in respect of its Scriptures. aims to examine the assumptions, history and variety of critical methods and perspectives brought to bear on the biblical texts in the modern period; to ask intelligent questions about the coherence and value of these methods; and to clarify how their employment is important to a biblical hermeneutic which is both intellectually sustainable and consistent with the faith of the Church in respect of its Scriptures. Taught each Fall semester.
 
INDS 501/502 Christian Thought and Culture I/II: intended to provide an historical, theological and cultural complement to OT and NT Foundations.  The aim is to provide students with the opportunity, within an historical framework, to reflect both upon Christian faith and character and upon Christianity and culture. By the end of the course the student should grasp something of the comprehensiveness of our life in Christ as displayed in the Christian tradition – should understand, in outline, the story of the people of God from the time of the early church to the present; appreciate the enduring wisdom and insight that Christian faith has brought to a whole range of issues involved in living as a human person in culture; acquire habits of thoughtful Christian reflection on contemporary issues, including a personal and interpersonal appropriation of theological insights. When I am participating, taught each Fall/Winter semester as part of a team of Faculty.
 
 

BOOK STUDIES


Book studies focus on particular OT texts with a view to understanding them in themselves and also how to read them well as Christians in the context of the whole Bible.  Currently I teach the following, usually rotated through the course of a couple of academic years:
BIBL 601 Genesis.  
BIBL 618 1-2 Kings. 
BIBL 627 Psalms.  
BIBL 635 Daniel. 
 
 

SEMINARS


BIBL 730 Old Testament Ethics: aims to enable students both to gain a broad understanding of the ethical content of the Old Testament and its theological underpinnings, and to reflect on the challenges which face us in using the Old Testament in modern Christian ethical thinking. Taught from time to time as required.
 
BIBL 735 Old Testament Theology: aims within the context of an historical understanding of the development of the discipline to enable students (1) to form their own view of the appropriate ways in which the task of Old Testament theology may be carried through; (2) to shape an Old Testament theology of their own which  (a) is in serious conversation with New Testament studies and Systematic Theology, (b) stands in continuity with Christian orthodoxy and (c) is relevant to the church’s present.  Taught from time to time as required.