Course Details for Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology
Semester 2, 2020
R124.830 Isaiah, Preaching in the Shadow of Empire
This subject will examine how the book of Isaiah expounds Israel’s core scriptures in response to changing circumstances in ‘the shadow of Empire’. Taking a literary-theological approach to the whole of Isaiah we will pay special attention to chapters 40-55 and to the four ‘Servant Songs’ within them. Key areas of interest are the image of God, mišpāṭ (biblical ‘justice’), and how Isaiah acts to shape its audience both as servants and as shapers of servants.
R147.830 The Theology of Luke Acts
Luke wrote more of the New Testament than any other writer, but these two books are among the most ignored in Biblical study. The course will look at how Luke presents Christology, the unique way he presents the gospel, core response terms for soteriology, the important theme of reconciliation, the church’s coping with multi-cultural realities, his emphasis on ethics and parables, a developed understanding of Israel, the role of money, the importance of Jesus’ return and the way in which the kingdom is presented. The course will show the connection between these ideas and their contemporary relevance.
R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing
This course focuses on methodology and practical aspects of advanced postgraduate research. Students will reflect on the theological, ethical and missiological implications of research whilst developing advanced skills and methods which will support a research project. A range of scholars will relate their own research experience and projects and students will engage with a number of contemporary approaches to critical research and writing. Students will develop and hone the skills of theological research and writing by designing and implementing a research project in the field of their interest.
R361.830 Research Paper
Dependent on supervisor availability. This course offers a student a supervised research essay on an approved topic in an aspect of Theology and/or related discipline. Students can apply to the Head of Theology for enrolment in this course upon the successful completion of R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing.
R608.830 Engaging Islam
This course focuses on both the study of Islam and on Christian-Muslim engagement. In Part One attention is devoted to a study of the main institutions of Islam: scripture, doctrine, ritual and sectarian groups. Part Two then considers the historical and contemporary manifestations and expressions of Christian-Muslim engagement.
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.