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Graduate Level Courses

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center brings Bethany Theological Seminary classes to south and central Pennsylvania. Students enroll through Bethany's admissions office (Contact Tracy Primovitch at or 1-800-287-8822).

Already trained? You can audit graduate courses for 1/3 the cost and receive 3.0 CE Units!

Ritual and Reflection in the Life of Faith

Taught by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Elizabethtown College

Dates:        September 12-13, October 17-18 and November 14-15, 2014

Times:         Friday 2:00 – 10:00 PM; Saturday 8:30-4:30, with one-hour breaks for meals.            

Credit:      3 hours of seminary credit

Students will study the biblical, theological, and anthropological bases for various rituals and ordinances of the church. Focusing on such practices as child and parent dedication, baptism, Love Feast, communion, anointing, the laying on of hands, weddings, funerals/memorials, and ordination, students will reflect on the meaning of various rituals as they design creative ritual services.

 Exegesis of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

Taught by Steven Schweitzer, Ph.D.
Juniata College

Dates: Sept 5-6, Oct 3-4, Nov 7-8, 2014

Times: Friday: 2:00-10:00; Saturday: 8:30-4:30, with one-hour breaks for meals.

Credit: 3 hours of seminary credit

The books of 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were written during the postexilic period of ancient Israel in the midst of cultural change. Following the traumatic experience of exile, the community in Judah struggled to form a new identity as the people of God. Chronicles attempts to construct a better alternate future by creating a distinct view of the past. Ezra-Nehemiah presents the recent history of this group from the perspective of those elite who returned to bring leadership and a new vision. Often avoided as irrelevant or only being historical in nature, these books contain rich contributions to a wide range of topics, such as theology, worship, spirituality, prayer, joy, identity formation, community life, God’s involvement in history, inclusivity and exclusivity, the reinterpretation of previous biblical traditions, the function of the Law, and the relationship to Empire. Methodological approaches to these texts addressed in this course include: historical criticism; source, form, and redaction criticisms; rhetorical, narrative, and reader-response criticisms; feminist criticism; utopian literary theory; postcolonial criticism; canonical criticism; spatial theory; and theological readings.

Register for fall classes by July 15  by contacting Tracy Primovich, Bethany Theological Seminary Director of Admissions ( or 1-800-287-8822). 

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