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Course Details for Graduate Diploma of Theology

Distance Learning campus

Semester 2, 2019

107.515 Biblical Hebrew: Introduction 2

John de Jong

This course is a continuation of 106.515 Biblical Hebrew: Introduction 1, the introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew, and its application in translation and exegesis.

109.515 Biblical Greek: Introduction 2

Julia van den Brink

This course is a continuation of 108.515, a study of the grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, and its application in translation and exegesis.

115.515 Biblical Theology

Aim: To introduce the broad shape of the biblical story and show how the Christian gospel is integral to biblical theology. It explores the unity, diversity and central themes of the Bible to make sense of the relationships between the Bible, theology, and all of life.

120.515 Old Testament: Introduction

Aim: To develop and apply a broad understanding of Old Testament foundations, and their interpretation and application within church, mission, and community contexts.

122.615/715 Old Testament: Pentateuch

This course will engage the student in detailed exegesis of the English [or the Hebrew] text of selected parts of the Pentateuch, as well as studies in the theology of the Pentateuch with particular focus on the book of Deuteronomy.

148.615/715 New Testament: 1 Corinthians

Aitee Koh

This course examines the life setting, contents and theological perspectives of 1 Corinthians, together with a consideration of selected themes in Pauline theology. There is also exegesis of selected English texts, or translation and exegesis of selected Greek texts.

201.515 Introduction to Systematic Theology

Aim: To introduce systematic theology and teach learners to think theologically. It examines God’s self-revelation, how we can understand that revelation, and why it is foundational for our faith. It then explores the arrangement of this revelation into a set of core beliefs and their application to everyday living.

202.615/715 Theology: Christ and Revelation

Aitee Koh

This course examines traditional and contemporary theologies of the person and work of Christ, theology of revelation and Scripture.

215.515 Beginning Theology

Ian Waddington

Aim: To integrate and apply theological reflection, providing opportunities for learners to develop skills for working with biblical texts in appropriate leadership, church, mission, or community contexts.

271.615/715 Gospel and Culture

Aitee Koh

This course introduces students to theological integration by exploring how the Gospel, rooted in the Biblical narrative, informs all areas of life in contemporary culture and society. It asserts that the Gospel is embodied in culture, while at the same time serves to critique and enrich that same culture. Students are introduced to tools and techniques to faithfully “read the signs of the times” in both Aotearoa New Zealand and global contexts, and to evaluate how the Gospel might be expressed authentically and creatively across disciplines and contexts.

308.515 The Story of Christianity

Angelene Goodman

This course offers a survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the early church through to the 21st century with attention to the life and thought of key individuals.

401.515 Formation

David Wells

Aim: To help learners reflect on personal and communal spiritual formation, through engagement with Scripture, theological understandings and a variety of Christian spiritual traditions. This reflection will include (1) evaluation of key aspects of their own formation, (2) evaluation of their experiences of personal and communal strategies intended to facilitate spiritual growth, and (3) the development of spiritual practices which will strengthen their contribution to enhancing human wellbeing within their own social and cultural contexts.

406.615/715 Historical and Contemporary Models of Spirituality

David Wells

This course explores a variety of significant traditions within Christian spirituality, including their biblical and historical origins, and considers their contribution to spiritual life in the contemporary world.

460.515 Journeying into Ministry

This course introduces students to foundational personal management knowledge to support their discipleship journey into ministry to serve the church and the community.

464.615 Leadership Dynamics

This course explores interpersonal dynamics in leadership. Leadership theory meets practice through the experience of ministry, mentoring, specific models of reflective practice, an examination of the student’s own leadership style and integrative tutorials with a specific focus on communication, group dynamics and leadership styles.

505.515 Mission, Church and Community

David Wells

Aim: To explore and evaluate a range of mission, church, and community-based programmes and applies faith-based principles in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Learners will reflect on how personal and communal expressions of faith can enhance the wellbeing of others in a range of social and cultural contexts.

561.615 Introduction to Preaching

David Wells

The purpose of this course is to help prepare students to preach biblical sermons that witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Preaching is an event where we participate with the triune God in faithfully proclaiming the Gospel so that people may faithfully respond.

611.515 Intercultural Studies: Introduction

John de Jong

Aim: To examine how culture, context and theological understanding influences engagement in intercultural ministry and mission. This prepares learners for church, mission or community leadership and direction in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

612.615/715 Majority World Theology

Aitee Koh

This course offers an introductory look at ‘local’ theologies. It considers how cultures bring differences of emphasis and insight into their reading of Scripture and ways in which evaluation is still required and possible as the Gospel is related to the worldviews of particular contexts.

This timetable is correct at the time of publication; however the College reserves the right to cancel courses, or alter lecture times should circumstances arise. Up to date information is available at any time by contacting the College.