Courses 2019

Concentration: Biblical Studies
7 - 11 January 2019 - Dr Daniel Timmer 
Wisdom and Poetry (Job) 

This course explores various facets of the OT wisdom and poetic books in light of recent research and Scripture. Topics covered include similarities and differences vis-à-vis other ancient Near Eastern poetic and sapiential literature, the relation of the wisdom literature to redemptive history and its place in biblical theology, and the interrelation of wisdom and other OT literary genres. Significant attention will be given to issues that arise in the interpretation of the Book of Job, particularly those bearing on its literary and theological coherence, its contribution to theodicy and to an understanding of suffering, and its relation to other OT wisdom literature. Exegesis of primary sources and extensive reading and critical evaluation of secondary literature, coupled with an emphasis on the integration of theological, methodological, and practical components promotes the student’s advanced competence in theological reflection, research, writing, and teaching as well as his spiritual transformation in relationship with the Triune God. Hebrew-based course.


Concentration: Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology 
4 - 7 March 2019 - Dr Greg Salazar 
English Puritan History and Theology

The course will explore the historical, ecclesiastical, theological, political, and pietistic contexts of the English Puritanism from (c.1560-1700). It will introduce students to some of the major primary and secondary sources, as well as the major historiographical themes that have shaped our understanding of puritanism. It will guide students in navigating through this vast landscape to determine a research project that might make a fruitful contribution to the field. In particular, it will contribute to student developement by guiding students in how to think like a researcher—i.e. the kinds of questions, instincts, and procedures that produce fruitful scholarship and practical application. With this, it will teach students how to access and utilize the most important primary and secondary research resource tools—including introducing students to the joy (and challenge!) of identifying and reading 16th and 17th century handwritten manuscript sources.

This course also seeks to preparing students to serve Christ and His Church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministy. The course will instruct students in how to ‘do historical theology and history’ as a Christian historian-theologian, looking at some of the primary assumptions that tend to drive secular approaches to history and alternatives to these views. In particular, this course aims to contribute to the spiritual formation of the students by not only imparting a scholarly historical knowledge of English Puritanism to them, but applying this knowledge in pastoral ministry context. Thus, this course will be structured to shape not only our minds, but our hearts. Particular attention will be given to how the themes of this period are experientially applied to our hearts, especially so might gain encouragement, be challenged, and thrive in ministry (and especially suffering).


Concentration: Systematic Theology
24 - 28 June 2019 - Dr Lane Tipton (GTI course)
Topics in the Holy Spirit

The course will explore some of the structural differences between Thomism, Barthianism, and confessional Reformed theology on topics that touch on nature, covenant, grace and sin.
The course will also deal with key biblical texts that develop a reformed confessional view of the person and eschatological agency of the Holy Spirit.


Concentration: Biblical Studies
2 - 6 September 2019 - Dr Mark Garcia (GTI course)
Topics in New Testament Theology

This module begins with an exploration of the difference between Scripture as "law code" and "law collection", and proceeds to a series of exegetical case studies of Matthew's teaching on the law. We shall then bring Matthew's teaching on Torah into conversation with the fourfold Gospel and the Pauline letter collection (as collections), the intra-biblical rule of faith, the theological significance of the period between Christ and the New Testament texts, and the question of the nature of the necessity of the New Testament given the abiding witness of the Old Testament for the Church and Gospel. By way of these themes, this module covers the nature, function, and proper use of Holy Scripture in biblical theology and ethics, and explores the concepts and hermeneutical consequences of the canonical entities called the fourfold Gospel and the Pauline letter collection.


Concentration: Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology
21 - 25 October 2019 - Dr Adriaan Neele (PRTS course)
Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) - Text, Context, and Interpretation

This course offers an introduction to Jonathan Edwards’ understanding and articulation of spirituality in the context of his time. Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) is rightly called one of the most influential theologians of his time and beyond. In the course we will explore Edwards’ understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit, spiritual awakenings and renewal, spiritual discernment and fruits of the Spirit. Trajectories and texts of intellectual history will be considered related to Edwards’ articulation of spirituality together with his treatises such as A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Furthermore, we will examine sermons such as, A History of the Work of Redemption, Distinguishing Marks of a Work of a Spirit of God and Charity and Its Fruits, and other writings. Finally, attention with be given to historical theological trajectories appropriated by Edwards, as proposed in Before Jonathan Edwards: Sources of New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Courses 2020

Concentration: Systematic Theology
6 - 10 January 2020 - Dr Mark Garcia (GTI course)
Reformed Catholicity

What is the center, and what are the outer limits, of the Christian Faith? How does the confessional Reformed tradition relate to the Christian tradition as a whole? How does the ontology of Scripture as the Church's divinely inspired canon affect the work of theology? Does the story of Scripture's formation illuminate the relationship of Scripture to tradition and confession? These and other questions are explored in this course. "Catholicity" is an often-misunderstood term, and "Reformed Catholicity" sounds to others like a contradiction, but in fact the early and formative voices of Reformed Protestantism were persuaded the life and health of the Church depends on its catholicity in Protestant, not Roman Catholic terms.

In recent decades, developments in the "theological interpretation of Scripture", "canonical hermeneutics/theology", and advanced research into the texts and figures of post-Reformation Reformed theologians and confessions have returned the question of Reformed catholicity to the attention of the Church. New efforts include a considered zeal:

  • to retrieve the best of the patristic and medieval traditions on which the Reformation depended;
  • to reconsider the Reformed catholic efforts of bodies such as the Regensburg Colloquy and Westminster Assembly as well as figures such as Martin Bucer, William Perkins, John Williamson Nevin, and Herman Bavinck;
  • and to renew the Church's practical commitment to the Bible as Holy Scripture rather than mere historical artifact or source material.

Advances in responsible models and commendations of catholicity in theology are plentiful and varied, and some of the most promising ideas proceed not only from scholarly voices across the disciplines in our own day but also through distinctive 20th century Reformed contributions on the unity of theology, on canon and Christology, on Scripture and tradition, and on recovering the distinctly Christian “theo-logical” nature of theology. These and other shifts in scholarship—especially work on canon, the rule of faith, the nature of history, and pneumatology—place us in an enviable position of great opportunity. This course argues for the nature and the importance of Reformed catholicity, and charts the way forward for further development.

2 - 6 March 2020

29 June - 3 July 2020: Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, ‘Bavinck Among the Theologians’, GTI.

7 - 11 September 2020

October - dates to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

 

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