INTENSIVE COURSE
Trinity Term 2020
Jul 15 - Jul 24
Trinity Term
Description

The 2020-2021 Fellows Program has three components:

  1. A Trinity Term session focusing on Biblical Theology, July 15-24, 2020, in Birmingham.
  2. Online “Pesher Group” seminars, twice monthly, between August and December, focusing on Biblical Theology.
  3. An Epiphany Term session focusing on Liturgical Theology, January, 2021, in Birmingham.

Trinity and Epiphany Terms will be intensive in-residence weeks, consisting primarily of lectures and liturgies. Required readings must be completed prior to the in-residence session. For Pesher Group sessions, students will be required to read a small book or article, to study one of a selected group of Bible passages, and to report on the results of their exegetical study.

At the end of the program, 3-6 outstanding students will be admitted to the Honors Program, which consists of a thesis project, written between January and May 2021 under the supervision of a Theopolis faculty member.

Trinity Term of the Theopolis Fellows Program focuses on the Bible. The instructors provide hermeneutical principles that will guide students as they seek to probe the depths of Scripture, but the bulk of the course will be showing rather than telling. Through a brisk overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, the instructors will not only present the basic content of Scripture but also model Theopolitan reading and teaching.

Our belief that Scripture and liturgy are inseparable is evident in two ways. On the one hand, the instructors will highlight the liturgical practices and patterns during each phase of biblical history (e.g., the garden as sanctuary, Levitical offerings and purity, the temple as a house of prayer, song as sacrifice, worship in the early church, and the liturgical structure of Revelation). These excursions into biblical liturgical theology lay a basis for Epiphany Term, which will focus on liturgy. On the other hand, each day of the session will be ordered by worship – Matins in the morning, Sext at noon, and Vespers at the close of the day.

While much of the material may be familiar to the students, we expect it will be presented in fresh and arresting ways. Our aim is not only to communicate the complexities of the Bible but to inspire students with a sense of the height, breadth, and depth of biblical beauty and wisdom. 

Theopolis Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or scholarship programs.

*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.

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