with: Alastair Roberts and James Jordan
Many Christians regard the Law as a strange collection of timeless moral commandments and obscure ritual practices. We have trouble understanding how the Law relates to the Gospel, and we're glad we're finally free from the Law's shackles.
The Psalms tell us we gain wisdom by meditating on the law day and night, but it's unclear how we do that. Besides, many Christians are concerned about spending much time in the Law, fearing the lure of legalism.
When we look more closely, we realize the Law is central and integral to the entire story of Scripture. The new covenant doesn't negate the law, but fulfills it. There are depths to the Law that do not immediately meet the eye, but which train the diligent student of it in wisdom.
This course will provide an overview of the Law, exploring its developing role over the course of redemptive history.
Between August 15 and September 19, the workshop will meet by Zoom each Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm CDT. Alastair and Jim will provide an overview of the Law, exploring its developing role over the course of redemptive history. The weekly topics are as follows:
Week 1: Law and Covenant
The Sinai event. The Law as covenant document, not mere abstract revelation of moral law. The institutionalization of the Exodus in the Law. The sign of the Sabbath.
Week 2: The Ten Words
Structure and contents of the Law in Exodus 20.
Week 3: Case Law and Tabernacle in Exodus
The Book of the Covenant. Tabernacle as New Creation and Movable mountain. Israel constituted by the Law.
Week 4: The Republication of the Law in Deuteronomy
Exploring Deuteronomy 6-26 as an unpacking of the Law.
Week 5: Law as Wisdom
The two levels on which the Law operates (addressing those in childhood, while training the maturer in wisdom). Symbolic law. Law and narrative (focusing on Numbers). The internalization of the Law. Law and song.
Week 6: Law in the New Testament
The Law made flesh. The Sermon on the Mount. The Law on the heart. The Spirit and the Law.
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*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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