BBST 500 - Biblical Literature I & Introduction to Preaching
This linked course combines the required MDiv courses, BBST 501 and PSTH 506 into one all day session taught by two faculty from the fields of Bible and Preaching/Homiletics.
BBST 501: An introduction to the first testament as a source for understanding and appropriating the religious experiences, insights, commitments, and expectations of the various communities of ancient Israel. The focus is on learning to interpret biblical texts with theological and ethical sensitivity, using the tools and skills of historical-critical, social-scientific, and literary-critical research.
PSTH 506: The course is designed to be an introductory examination of the place of preaching in the liturgical life of the church and a prerequisite for other Homiletics offerings. Students will explore both the person and the practice of preaching. Students will learn, listen, and practice the task of preaching in peer groups for engagement and feedback. Sermons will be presented in required preaching precept groups. Students will explore the relationship of preaching to both liturgy and music.
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