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COURSE NUMBER: THEO 310
COURSE TITLE: Bringing the Text to Life: Biblical Theological Themes
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Martin
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a close study of selected biblical theological themes and their social-ethical implications for contemporary society. Themes investigated may include Christian political responsibility, war and peace, gender and sexuality, environmental stewardship, etc.

Prerequisites: THEO 250
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • A recognized, scholarly translation of the Bible (e.g. New Revised Standard Version; New International Version; English Standard Version).
  • Wright, Christopher J. H. Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2004).
  • Middleton, J. Richard, A New Heaven and a New Earth (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2015).
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Questions on Assigned Readings10%
Book Report15%
Presentation and essay35%
Quizzes15%
Final Exam25%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To build on the foundations laid in “Entering the Story” (Theo 250), developing a more nuanced, thematic approach to the Bible that permits it to speak more deeply to Christian scholarship and discipleship
  • To challenge students to approach the Bible in a manner that listens closely for the inter-play of themes and variations, harmonies and dissonances
  • To help students gain a greater appreciation for the underlying agenda of the Bible for ecological, social, and personal transformation
  • To encourage students to apply the insights of the fundamental themes 1to other themes in the Bible appropriate to their disciplinary and vocational interests.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.1.1. Transitions Jan 4
    • Reading: Wright, 17-20
  • 3.2. A Structure for Biblical Theology
    • 3.2.1. The theological angle Jan 9, 11
    • Reading: Wright, 23-47
    • 3.2.2. The social angle Jan 16, 18
    • Reading: Wright, 48-74
    • 3.2.3. The economic angle Jan 23
    • Reading: Wright, 76-99
    • First quiz Jan 30
  • 3.3. Themes in Biblical Theology
    • 3.3.1. Ecology Feb 1
    • Reading: Wright, 103-145
    • 3.3.2. Economics Feb 6, 8
    • Reading: Wright, 146-180
    • 3.3.3. Land Feb 13, 15
    • Reading: Wright, 182-211
    • 3.3.4. A New Heaven and a New Earth
    • discussion Feb 27
    • Second quiz Mar 1
    • 3.3.5. Politics Mar 6, 8
    • Reading: Wright, 212-251
    • 3.3.6. Justice Mar 13, 15
    • Reading: Wright, 253-279
    • 3.3.7. Culture Mar 20
    • Reading: Wright, 327-361
    • Third quiz Mar 22
  • 3.4. From Biblical Theology to Contemporary Ethics (group presentations)
    • Note: Your essay will be due on Moodle the Friday before your presentation.
    • 3.4.1. Social media Mar 27
    • 3.4.2. Same-sex marriage Mar 29
    • 3.4.3. Recreational marijuana Apr 3
    • 3.4.4. Vegetarianism Apr 5
    • 3.4.5. Gender complementarity Apr 7
    • 3.4.6. Pacifism Apr 10
    • Your essay will be due on Moodle the Friday before your presentation.
  • 3.5. Conclusion
    • 3.5.1. Theology, discipleship,and the church Apr 12
    • Reading: Wright, 363-382


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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