After much panic last week about which course are offered when and which I need to take in order to graduate in 2012, I think I’ve got it down pat. I’ve started 4 out of my 5 classes and I think this will be a good semester. There will be a lot of work (particularly reading), but it should be good.
Here is what I will be taking:
1. Old Testament Text and Interpretation — in a way this class scares me most because it will be very technical, looking at various manuscripts and codices and whatnot for the Old Testament as well as scribal culture, etc. It is taught by the legendary August Konkel, who I’m sure will make the class very interesting.
2. Survey of Church History — this is a required course. I covered a bit of medieval church history in university and I took a patristic fathers course last year, so this will cover some familiar territory. But I don’t remember what I learned in that university class, and the patristic fathers course dealt mostly with theological development in the church, which this class will not delve into much.
There will be quite a bit of reading and writing for this course, but the assigned texts are interesting
– Thomas Cahill – How the Irish Saved Civilization
– Shusaku Endo – Silence
– Mark Noll – The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
3. Exegesis of Hebrew Narrative – 3rd semester Hebrew. I’m looking forward to it.
4. Homiletics I – preaching class
5. Clinical Pastoral Experience – visitation class (not a class in which we visit with each other, but a class about pastoral visitation)
It’s a fuller schedule than I had intended to have, but it should be good. Now that things are rolling, I’m quite relieved that I did not end up taking Greek exegesis as well. It would have been too much–two languages in one semester, back-to-back timeslots.
And so the second year begins…