This course is an introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew, and its application in translation and exegesis.
- Teacher: John de Jong
An introduction to biblical interpretation, grammatico-historical exegesis, biblical genres, historical developments, historical-critical and literary-critical methods, and hermeneutical considerations, including hands-on experience in exegeting biblical texts.
There are many ways to practice theology, that is, to deliberately formulate thoughts and words about God. Biblical Theology is an approach that seeks to work closely with the contents and forms of the biblical texts in their relationship with one another. This course is an introduction to Biblical Theology. It explores the unity, diversity and central themes of God's written word, the Bible. In doing so, it introduces students to critical discussions concerning the relationship of theology to the Bible. It also looks at the relationship between Biblical Theology and other theological methods such as Systematic Theology. Finally, it assists students to begin making sense of the relationship between the Bible, theology and all of life.
An introduction to the historical background to the New Testament including: a study of the main features of the life and ministry of Jesus; a summary of the beginnings and expansion of the church in Acts; a general background to the NT epistles; the main teaching of a selection of the epistles; an introduction to Revelation.
- Teacher: Mark Keown
This course introduces students to the study of the Bible, Christian theology and theological ethics. It provides basic skills for working with biblical texts and theological ideas and applying those skills in everyday contexts.
- Teacher: Ian Waddington
An in-depth survey of the development of Christianity in New Zealand from the arrival of Samuel Marsden in 1814 until the present day.
- Teacher: Stuart Lange
This level 6 MI course offers an intensive exploration of the minister’s sense of call in relation to their current ministry and local context. Contextual theory meets practice through the experience of ministry, mentoring, specific models of reflective practice, and a formal exploration of the student’s current context supported by integrative tutorials.
- Teacher: Linda Flett
Ministry Internship (MI) courses are designed to equip men and women for effective leadership and ministry in the church and in the world. This level 7 MI course seeks to draw together student’s prior internship courses, and wider academic learning through the formulation of a personal philosophy of ministry. Ministry experience along with formal reflection will foster the clarification of ministry skills, knowledge and personhood while integrative tutorials seek to prepare students to transition into new ministry environments.
This course introduces students to key aspects of effective and sustainable youth ministry. Through engagement with theory and practical examples students will be introduced to different approaches to youth ministry, as well as to biblical and theological foundations for youth ministry. Students will also engage with appropriate responses to the pastoral needs of young people by those in youth ministry.
- Teacher: Lucy Riche
This course examines the theological, historical, and cultural context of ministry and explores some of the diverse expressions of the gospel Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. It invites us to discover what part in the gospel story we are being called to play.
- Teacher: Graeme Flett