Biblical Theology of RitualMay 2019 Instructor: Dru Johnson Course Description:
"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.