The 2019-2020 Fellows Program has three components:
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 2020 under the supervision of a Theopolis faculty member.
"Ritual" is a universal way of describing human activity. All endeavors—technological, scientific, familial, and so on—are concerned with who can get whom to do what with their bodies, individually and corporately.
Keenly aware of this, the biblical authors focus on the authority to prescribe rites, directions versus improvisation, and sacramental safety in our ritualed world. This is the same complex of issues we wrestle with every day in families, friendships, jobs, and churches.
This course will trace the biblical discourse of ritual from the Hebrew Bible into the New Testament to show the intricate connections between ethical behavior, embodied practices, and the knowledge produced through ritual participation.
We will explore the link between moral behavior and ritual knowledge through the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and the epistles into the church today, scientific knowledge, sacramental understanding, and the current discussions on liturgy.
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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