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Reading Women in the Bible (online)
Instructor: Erika Fitz
Dates: August 23 - October 18, 2017
How does the Bible portray women and how can the Church use the Bible in ways that respect their full humanity? This class will examine biblical stories about women from liberationist perspectives, will consider the contexts in which the texts were written and the religious experiences of women in ancient Judah and early Christianity, and will ask how the Church can engage the texts to create communities that are more inclusive - not only of women, but of all marginalized peoples.
REGISTER by July 16, 2017 by contacting the SVMC Office.
The Gospel of John (online)
Instructor: Andy Hamilton
Dates: January 29 - March 23, 2018
Description: “Glory is a theme that John uses, very distinctively among the New Testament writers to highlight, by paradox, the extraordinary nature of the love of God for the world in going to the lengths of Jesus’ abject dying in pain and shame of crucifixion.”
-Richard Bauckham, Gospel of Glory, p. 43
Like the above quotation, this class will involve a close reading of John’s Gospel that includes applying exegetical skills and theological reflection. In light of converging and sometimes contrasting themes throughout its narrative we will explore the signs and parables and their relationship to the revelation of the glorified Christ on the cross. Most importantly, we will attentively look at the theological implications and ethical applications for 21st century followers of Jesus.
Church of the Brethren Polity and Practice
Instructor: Randy Yoder
Location: Elizabethtown College
Dates: Fall 2018