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101.515 Introduction to Biblical Theology

Credits: 15

NQF Level: 5

Year: 2018

Delivery Mode

Upper Hutt Campus: School for Officer Training; School of Bible and Mission

Course Description

It introduces learners to the biblical metanarrative as the structure of biblical theology and explores the unity, diversity and central themes of the Bible, focusing especially on centrality of the Gospel story.

Content Overview

The course will define good theology and then discuss the biblical foundations and later development of the following topics:

  1.  The Bible and Theology
  2.  The Bible: Unity and Diversity
  3.  Creation: God Establishes His Kingdom (Act 1)
  4.  Fall: Rebellion in the Kingdom (Act 2)
  5.  Redemption Initiated: The King Chooses Israel (Act 3 Scene 1)
  6.  Redemption Initiated: The King Chooses Israel (Act 3 Scene 2)
  7.  A Kingdom Story Waiting for an Ending - the Second Temple Period
  8.  Redemption Accomplished: The Coming of the King (Act 4)
  9.  The Mission of the Church: Spreading the Good News of the King (Act 5)
  10.  Redemption Accomplished: The Return of the King (Act 6)
  11.  The Bible, Biblical Theology, Wisdom and Vocation
  12.  The Bible, Biblical Theology and All of Life

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply methods of Biblical Theology to the Biblical text in order to articulate a broad understanding of its nature and characteristics, and, evaluate Biblical theology alongside other theological approaches such as systematic theology as a way of understanding and living out Christian belief and practice.
  • Use methods available within Biblical Theology to evaluate ministry responses to important issues in the faith journeys of individual Salvationists and of Salvation Army faith communities.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the Bible, theology, and ministry in practise, and, apply this learning to issues in the broader community in order to provide appropriate ethical leadership and direction for the SA community.