Based primarily on the wisdom texts of Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, this course addresses a range of key issues in connection with the concept of wisdom in the Old Testament and its place in Israelite society. Its distinctiveness and commonality with respect to the Old Testament and the wider ancient Near Eastern context is considered, as well as its relationship to broader themes of creation, covenant, law, and redemptive history. Both the sources of the wisdom tradition, and its connection with later wisdom in the Second Temple period and in the New Testament are also examined.

Science and religion are often portrayed as being locked in a centuries old battle with each other. If God is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that’s in it, then nothing should be further from the truth. This course is conversation between theology and science, with topics including: creation and cosmology; evolution; being human; the nature of science and theology interaction; and the ethical implications for theological and scientific beliefs in dialogue.

What does it mean to say that the Gospel transforms societies and cultures, as well as people? How have Christians engaged in reform in the past? This tutorial-based course covers the history of Evangelicalism in the British world during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, looking at how commercial, religious and reform networks interacted.