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TransFormation Program: Engaging with the New Testament

“This unit is the second of a sequence of two that introduces students to some of the tools and perspectives employed in the study and interpretation of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. While developing interpretive and hermeneutical skills, students will be introduced to the narrative sweep of Scripture, detailing certain key figures and events within the biblical canon, setting biblical books in context and engaging sympathetically with different forms of biblical literature. Students will employ these perspectives to examine the relevance of the Bible today. Together, the two units will introduce students to:

1. The nature of Biblical Text
2. An overview of content and the general organization of Biblical texts.
3. Tools for biblical interpretation such as dictionaries, commentaries and surveys
4. Interpretive and hermeneutical skills and techniques This second unit focuses on reading and interpreting the New Testament, emphasizing its narrative ark, particular genres encourages students to apply their developing interpretive skills to personal and contemporary issues.”

With the underlying purpose of making spiritual formation and the disciplines of discernment and self-discovery explicit to the educational experience from the students’ first year of study, this unit is designed to provide participants with the basic skills and resources to make life-giving connections between theology and the practice of faith.

This unit provides an introduction to Paul’s letters to the Romans and Galatians through a focus on selected passages in the two letters in their first-century context. Identifying and interacting with the major themes in Romans and Galatians, students will consider the implications of the two letters for the life and mission of the church today.

This unit provides an introduction to the themes, nature and scope of Christian thought, enabling students to identify the skills necessary for reading, thinking and writing during their study of theology.

This unit introduces students to the main features of the history and theology of the Baptist movement from the 17th century to the present day. Students will examine Baptist origins, the development of Baptist convictions in various historical contexts and consider the implications for contemporary faith and practice.