Wisdom for Ministry: Contemporary theological impetuses of Ecclesiastes
With its confronting existential expressions of life, Ecclesiastes represents a radical source of theological engagement and wisdom for Christian faith and practice. The foci of Ecclesiastes have a profound resonance with contemporary foci of human experience. This unit aims to correlate theological themes and existential tonalities of Ecclesiastes with a contemporary theological method that is applicable to ministry practices.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- To develop an appreciation for the theological and literary character of Ecclesiastes
- To articulate the relevance of Ecclesiastes for contemporary expressions of interpreting life experience, forming values and articulating meaning
- To identify within Ecclesiastes, wisdom textures for contemporary ministry practice
- To evaluate the literary style of Ecclesiastes and from this to ascertain theological themes for creative contemporary expressions of Christian identity
- (Postgraduate) To stimulate further exploratory interest in biblical wisdom for contemporary engagement and expression.
- To stimulate research interest in biblical wisdom for contemporary engagement and expression
1 x 750 word reading review 15%
3 x 600 word document studies 45%
1 x 2000 word essay 40%
1 x 1500 word reading review 25%
2 x 750 document studies 25%
1 x 3000 word essay 50%
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