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School for Ministry

The School for Ministry (SFM) is a theological training program for anyone interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, church history and theology, liturgics, Christian spirituality, pastoral care, global Anglicanism and more. It is open to all adult learners: people considering ordained ministry, as well as people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of these topics.

The spirit of the School for Ministry is to nurture a community of safe inquiry in spiritual curiosity. As Phillip said to Nathanael in John’s Gospel, “Come and see!”

Auditing a course is welcomed and encouraged, as is visiting for one class to see how you like it.

Fall 2022


Class will meet every Monday evening beginning on September 12 – December 5, 2022

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. New Testament I, with David Moseley, Ph.D.

Important Dates

  • Dec 12, 2022 – All course assignments due.
  • Dec 20, 2022 – Final grades and evaluations will be emailed to students.

If you have inquiries of a non-academic nature, including course enrollment, fees and admission policies, please contact Alyson Terry, aterry@edsd.org or 619-481-5455.

Course Description

New Testament I, David Moseley, Ph.D. :
This class is the first part of a two-part course that forms an introductory survey of the many writings compiled into the New Testament (“Christian Scriptures”), focusing on the Gospels, which are Ancient Religious Biographies written about Jesus of Nazareth. We will consider just who this man was, or is, and what he really taught, and how we are supposed to ascribe significance to his life, words, deeds, and death – and reputed resurrection. And the greatest mystery of all: How did an artisan from an obscure part of the Roman Empire within a relatively short period come to be regarded as the ‘Chosen One’, the resurrected Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ, such that men and women would die for their confession of faith in him — this human being they believed to be an incarnated revelation of God, who bridged the chasm separating heaven and earth, between time and eternity? Advances in archeological discovery, historical research and textual scholarship allow us to survey this person from a critical vantage point hitherto unavailable to previous generations. Starting with the social, political and religious world in which Jesus lived, we will examine the distinctive portrayal of Jesus in the four Gospels, noting their particular emphases, before trying to get behind the Gospels to catch a glimpse of the ‘historical Jesus.’ Students will be exposed to the literary genres, forms and motifs that comprise these writings. The texts will be placed in the historical, cultural, sociological and religious world of their audience. Students will learn a variety of techniques, which are helpful in the analysis of Biblical texts: these include analysis of form and structure, as well as genre, historical and redaction criticism. Students will be encouraged to put knowledge to use as they apply Biblical interpretation to theological construction and pastoral practice.

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