Session 1

Liturgical Theology

Taught by Bishop Tim Harris, this subject explores the history and practice of worship across a variety of Christian traditions, including contemporary and blended worship. The subject centres on the effects and interrelationships of rites, symbols, words, music, gesture and space in facilitating worship. Key issues considered include liturgical forms, symbol, language, music, architecture and mission. In the context of human ritual activity, the importance of worship in the formation of Christian identity is analysed.

The Synoptic Gospels

Taught by the Rev’d Ruth Mathieson, this subject investigates the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke as literary expressions of the development of early Christianity from its roots in Judaism. It explores these three Gospels in their historical, literary, socio-cultural and religious contexts. It assesses these Gospels as sources for understanding Jesus and also probes the puzzle of their interrelations. On a rotating basis, one of these Gospels provides the focus for detailed study of literary, historical and theological issues germane to its interpretation.

Rise of the Christianity

Taught by Dr Jenny Hein, this foundation subject introduces students to skills appropriate to studying church history, including the use and analysis of early sources, both written and non-written, and later historical interpretations. It encompasses the contributions of the Apostolic Fathers and early Christian Apologists, and explores early challenges to the Christian movement from within and without. Close attention is given to church-state relations and the formulation of Christian theology by prominent theologians and significant councils, especially those convened at Nicaea and Chalcedon. The subject also examines early Christian monasticism, issues of ethnicity and gender, mission and the claims of the Bishop of Rome to supremacy. Consistent attention is given to understanding the broader context of the Graeco-Roman world in which Christianity developed.

Biblical Hebrew 1

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Joseph Chung, this subject introduces students to Biblical Hebrew as a basis for enhanced study of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and for further study of Biblical Hebrew. Its primary focus is foundational Hebrew vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of the subject.

Theological Hermeneutics

Taught by Dr Rodney Fopp, this subject explores the history of hermeneutics, ranging from Ancient and Biblical through to Contemporary Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics. The subject addresses the interpretation of texts, the issue of meaning, and the question of what it is to understand. Hermeneutics occupies the place between epistemology and methodology, and, studied at the advanced level, will equip students with the capacity to locate themselves in relation to their critical reading of texts.

God, Humanity and Difference

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson, this subject examines the role, status, being and vocation of humanity through the Christian scriptures and its theological tradition. It critically engages with traditional issues within theological anthropology: the interpretation of the imago Dei, sin and evil, futility and death, grace and salvation. The relation between the doctrine of humanity and the doctrine of God is considered. The universalist claims of theological anthropology are examined in the light of particular interests. Insights from feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and liberation theologies will be incorporated for their contribution to this topic.

Introduction to Christian Theology

Taught by Dr Rodney Fopp, this subject offers an introductory engagement with the major doctrines of the Christian faith, including God as Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the Spirit, humanity and the church. It explores the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology, enabling students to develop initial skills of theological reasoning together with the capacity to use theological vocabulary. The subject introduces key figures in the history of theology, and it explores connections between the discipline of theology and contemporary life.

New Testament Greek 1

Taught by Damian Szepessy, this foundational subject develops the competence needed to begin to read the New Testament in Koine (Common) Greek. It does this by introducing students to the basic grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. The subject draws attention to the significance of New Testament Greek for biblical and theological study.

Biblical Hebrew 3

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Joseph Chung, this subject consolidates the studies completed in Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2. It entails a close examination of the grammatical and literary qualities of selected passages from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as well as the completion of a substantial critical project demonstrating advanced proficiency in working with Biblical Hebrew.

Introduction to Old Testament Studies

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Gethzi Devasagayam, this subject is a foundational introduction to the contents of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and to basic scholarly tools and critical methods used in Old Testament studies. It surveys the formation of the Old Testament, both as a whole and as comprising collections of books, while focusing on selected texts from the Torah (Pentateuch), Prophets, Writings and Apocrypha. It pays particular attention to issues of oral and textual transmission, historical and geographical context, religion and culture, genre and canon, exegesis, interpretation and diverse theological perspectives.

The Pentateuch

Taught by Dr Peter Lockwood, this subject is a detailed investigation of the five books of the Pentateuch (Torah: Genesis to Deuteronomy). It examines the history of and contemporary perspectives on the Pentateuch along two main lines: detailed exploration of various Pentateuchal texts and the study of critical developments in Pentateuchal scholarship. Exegetical and interpretive competence is further developed and refined through the critical review and creative application of historical, socio-cultural, literary and ideological methods of analysis to a range of texts in the Pentateuch.

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