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Starting with brief orientations on the discipline of Biblical Theology and on the relationship between OT and NT, this unit reviews the major theological contributions within the NT (Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, Hebrews, Peter). Issues such as salvation history, unity and diversity, and NT ethics receive specific attention. The students are encouraged to think through the implications of the biblical texts for Gods people today and they will increase their skills in interpretation and application.

The unit introduces the theme of biblical hermeneutics in the context of the history of biblical interpretation since New Testament times.  Key movements, theories and strategies will be examined and assessed, including recent developments such as reception history (including the artistic reception of the Bible) and ‘ordinary hermeneutics’.  The potential of these various approaches will be explored in relation to specific biblical genres and texts.  The practical outworking of the subject in the life of the Church will be kept in view.

Normally Luke, Acts or 1 Corinthians will be studied.  Introductory questions such as sources, genre, readers and theme(s) are discussed.  The emphasis of the unit is on matters of historical and theological interest and difficulty.  Comparison is made with related texts inside and outside the canon of the NT.  The unit deals with the original purpose(s) of the book and its relevance for today.  Throughout the unit the Greek text is used and relevant passages are translated and analysed.  Class tests may be used in preparation for the exam.

This unit provides the theological foundations for a missional ecclesiology and explores contextualised expressions of mission in various shapes of contemporary church. The missiological significance and potential of both inherited and emerging churches is explored, and emphasis is placed on critically evaluating these. Consideration is given to building missional churches in a range of settings, including urban, rural and cross-cultural environments, and the dynamics of both large and small mission-shaped churches are discussed. Throughout the unit students are encouraged to reflect theologically and critically on the models.
The historical development of the doctrine of creation is reviewed and this forms the basis for a more detailed investigation of particularly influential modern constructions of the doctrine. The implications of these differing approaches are explored within a wider theological context, with particular attention being played to the concepts of divine agency and the manner of God’s action in creation. This leads to an examination of differing approaches to the engagement between modern science and the Christian doctrine of creation. The implications of the doctrine of creation are explored in relation to contemporary ethical issues relating to the environment.
This unit provides an introduction to the process of studying Christian theology. After considering various approaches to the theological task; the unit explores an integrated, theological approach which gives due weight to Scripture, tradition and context. Far from being an irrelevance, such faith seeking understanding is vital to the health and mission of the Christian church. The unit considers various aspects of critical thinking, and illustrates the significance of critical thinking for an academic study of theology. In addition, a range of learning activities provides students with the opportunity to refresh essential study skills or be introduced to them for the first time.
This unit focuses on basic grammar and syntax as contained in the textbook; it also offers a brief historical treatment of language and of the transmission of the text, and pays attention to idiomatic expressions in New Testament Greek. Reading from the original text is emphasised from the start of the unit. The biblical text used is Johns Gospel, with selections from the Letters of John. The teaching of grammatical forms and structures is supported by teacher-prepared handouts with forms being introduced in the context of New Testament examples.
This unit provides a critical examination of various approaches to the theological task. It also explores the potential of an integrated approach to the process of doing theology, which gives due weight to Scripture, tradition and culture. Key themes, such as soteriology, Christology and the doctrine of the Trinity, will be outlined and critically explored. These central themes will help to demonstrate the relevance of theologys critical and constructive tasks. This focus upon specific doctrinal loci will further demonstrate the value of drawing upon the resources of Scripture, tradition and culture. The unit provides foundations for thinking theologically and critically, and enables students to deepen their appreciation of mainstream Christian belief.
This unit builds on the discussion of introductory issues in unit 112 Introduction to the Bible and on skills acquired in unit 103 Reading and Using the Bible. It helps students to improve their exegetical skills and to read and use commentaries and other aids independently. It also pays attention to contemporary use of the Old Testament.