Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus
10 hours of recorded lectures and 190 hours of generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Independent Guided study
Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.
Defining and tracing the history of Biblical Theology within theology, both academic and dogmatic.
To `metanarrate’ or not to `metanarrate’? Postmodernism and the re-emergence of Biblical Theology within academic theology.
Biblical Theology presuppositions and limitations (revelation, inspiration, is a Biblical Theology possible?).
Biblical Theology’s approach: defragmentation of the text, the bigger picture and seeing the wood beyond the trees.
Biblical Theology’s essential building blocks: biblical themes and the danger of arbitrary imposition.
Identification, explanation and evaluation of central Biblical Theology themes.
Biblical Theology and hermeneutics: Metanarrative in the hands of the interpreter.
Biblical Theology and hermeneutics: Case Study 1: Mission as a Biblical Theology theme.
Biblical Theology and hermeneutics: Case Study 2: Israel as a Biblical Theology theme.
Application and proclamation: Biblical Theology as a means to and end, rather than an end in itself.
To build upon previous biblical studies at Levels 4 and 5 by means of a detailed examination of and critical engagement with the discipline of Biblical Theology, thereby greatly enhancing students’ hermeneutical skills and theological understanding.
To trace the history, development, nature and current status of Biblical Theology, highlighting, analysing and evaluating the wider theological and philosophical issues this discipline raises.
To explore, discuss, evaluate and critically appreciate why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to the re-emergence of Biblical Theology within academic theology as a valid and fruitful avenue for hermeneutical inquiry, together with its proclamational value and limitations.
Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.
Substantial and detailed insight into the contemporary debate surrounding Biblical Theology’s aims, purpose and methods.
An understanding and critical appreciation of why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to the re-emergence of Biblical Theology within academic theology as a valid hermeneutical approach.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of metanarrative, the main themes within Biblical Theology, and how both might contribute to the hermeneutical and proclamational tasks.
Learning outcome(s) assessed
4000 word assignment, 100% (learning outcomes 1-3).
Reassessment: as assessment
Bartholomew, C. G., & Botha, E. (2004). Out of Egypt : biblical theology and biblical interpretation. Bletchley: Pasternoster and Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Beale, G. K. (2011). A New Testament biblical theology: The unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic.Grelot, P. (2006). The language of symbolism: Biblical theology, semantics, and exegesis. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.Hafemann, S. J. & House, P. R. (2007). Central themes in biblical theology: Mapping unity in diversity. Nottingham: Apollos.Hamilton, J. M. (2010). God's glory in salvation through judgment: A biblical theology. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway.Mead, J. K. (2007). Biblical theology: Issues, methods, and themes. Louisville, KY and London: Westminster John Knox Press.Pate, C. M. (2004). The story of Israel: A biblical theology. Downers Grove, ILL: InterVarsity Press and Leicester: Apollos.Schreiner, T. R. (2008). New Testament theology. Magnifying God in Christ. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic.Schreiner, T. R. (2013). The King in his beauty: A Biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic.Spinks, D. C. (2007). The Bible and the crisis of meaning: Debates on the theological interpretation of Scripture. London: T & T Clark.Waltke, B. K. & Yu, C. (2007). An Old Testament theology: An exegetical, canonical and thematic approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Wright, C. J. H. (2006). The mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's grand narrative. Downers Grove, ILL: IVP Academic.
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