||Bringing the Text to Life: Biblical Theological Themes
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||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
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 Readings||10%
|Presentation and essay||35%
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
challenge students to approach the Bible in a manner that listens
closely for the inter-play of themes and variations, harmonies and
- To help students gain a greater appreciation for
the underlying agenda of the Bible for ecological, social, and personal
- To encourage students to apply the insights of
the fundamental themes 1to other themes in the Bible appropriate to
their disciplinary and vocational interests.
- 3.1. Introduction
- 3.2. A Structure for Biblical Theology
- 3.2.1. The theological angle Jan 9, 11
- 3.2.2. The social angle Jan 16, 18
- 3.2.3. The economic angle Jan 23
- 3.3. Themes in Biblical Theology
- 3.3.2. Economics Feb 6, 8
- 3.3.4. A New Heaven and a New Earth
- 3.3.6. Justice Mar 13, 15
- 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
- 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
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.