Session 2

Wisdom and Worship Traditions

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Gethzi Devasagayam, this subject explores Israelite texts that reflect on living well and justly with one another (wisdom) and before God (worship) through life’s varied circumstances. The interconnections between creation, human experience and language about God within Israel’s varied wisdom and worship traditions are critically evaluated. Key texts examined include Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon, focusing on their respective literary features, socio-cultural contexts and diverse philosophical, religious and moral perspectives.

Practical Theology

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Sidney Green, this subject introduces students to the discipline of practical theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It examines its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.

Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism

Taught by Bishop Tim Harris, this subject introduces students to advanced study in mission and evangelism founded in Biblical and theological principles, together with a critical review of the history of mission and specifically its impact in the Australian, Asian and Pacific regions. Particular models of mission and evangelism are addressed together with their critical application within a given ministry context. Students will be challenged to develop a personal ethical approach to contemporary mission and to implement more effective models of mission and evangelism relevant to their cultural and ecclesial context.

The European Reformations

Taught by Dr Jenny Hein, this subject begins with an overview of fifteenth-century Western Christianity and society, emphasising the impact of scholasticism, Christian humanism and novel nationalism. It then explores: the reformations in continental Europe and reform movements within Roman Catholicism; the radical reformations, inquisitions and the plight of religious minorities; English and Scottish reformations from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I; Puritan influence; and the Stuart, Commonwealth and Restoration settlements. Consistent attention is given to the reformations’ long-term legacies and the broader context of the early modern world, as well as socio-cultural issues such as gender and sexuality, death, witchcraft and moral discipline.

Theological Ethics

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Lyn Arnold, this subject explores the connections between Christian theology and practice, philosophical and theological ethics, and ethical discernment in contemporary society. It examines the biblical, theological, ecclesial, philosophical and scientific resources for Christian ethical reflection and action. Distinctive features of Christian ethical reflection, moral judgements and moral practices are surveyed from various theological and historical perspectives. The subject also considers a range of ethical issues from areas such as politics, economics, war, the environment, medicine and sexuality.

Hebrew 2

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Joseph Chung, this subject builds upon the content covered in Biblical Hebrew 1 to develop further proficiency in Biblical Hebrew. Grammatical, linguistic and literary elements of Biblical Hebrew are studied, and particular attention is given to the translation of extensive portions of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible).

Homiletics

Taught by The Rev’d Canon Jenny Wilson, This subject introduces students to the principles and practice of homiletics. It explores issues of biblical interpretation in the homiletic context, the theology of proclamation and the spiritual and vocational orientation of the preacher. This subject will also provide students with analytical tools for evaluating homilies.

Jesus the Christ

Taught by Dr Rodney Fopp, this subject surveys the biblical sources and major historical developments of Christian thinking concerning the claim that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God. It introduces major classical, modern (twentieth-century) and contemporary developments in the theology of the person and work of Christ. Further contemporary themes are examined, including Christology and religious pluralism, liberation Christologies and contextual Christologies.

Introduction to New Testament Studies

Taught by Damian Szepessy, this subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces critical methods of New Testament interpretation, including basic exegetical skills. Attention is given to long-standing interpretive issues, including the relations between the gospels, the historical value of Acts, authenticity and pseudonymity in Paul, and apocalyptic literature.

Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies

Taught by The Rev’d Dr Matthew Anstey and The Rev’d Dr Doug Rowston, this subject compares and contrasts major contemporary approaches to the study of the Old and New Testaments. It traces recent developments in Biblical Studies, paying particular attention to methodology, both in a theoretical framework and through an analysis of a variety of concrete exegetical problems.

Being the Church

Taught by the Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson, this subject studies the origins of the Christian church and biblical models for being the people of God. It examines the theological basis for the life, mission and ministry of the church, and ways in which the church sustains its mission in the twenty-first century. Traditional marks of the church as ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic’ are discussed. Contemporary critiques of the church are considered, as are challenges to being church in a pluralist society. The unity and diversity of the church in an ecumenical context is explored.

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