Summer courses at AMBS

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Summer 2014 course descriptions

Hybrid courses

Hybrid courses begin May 22 and end August 1.
They meet on campus June 9-14.


Canon and Community (Hybrid) BIB603H

Biennial — Three hours — Loren Johns
This course focuses on the origin, canonical formation, and canonical authority of Scripture. We seek to understand the influence of various communities in the production, transmission, translation, preservation, and interpretation of Scripture. We focus also on modern English translations with attention to the use of the Bible in the congregation.

Gender and Justice (Hybrid) HTE623H

Biennial — Three hours — Gayle Gerber Koontz
God’s mercy and justice stretch into and through our relationships as women and men. This course seeks to build capacities for antioppression analysis and action, drawing upon Christian feminist theological reflection and practice. Students will be encouraged to more confidently speak the truth to one another as men and women and to more deeply recognize the need for continuing grace in truly becoming friends in Christ.

Performing the Faith (Hybrid) CHM561H

Biennial — Three hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
Christians are performers. We are dancers, writers, actors, musicians, and preachers. Christians also perform as teachers, leaders of meetings, as well as advertisers and evangelists of various sorts. In short, Christians communicate in embodied and deliberate ways within the church and in the world. After critically exploring select performance theories together with biblical and theological wisdom, and a brief look at modes of persuasion in the Reformation era, students will focus on a specific performance of their choosing. In the latter part of this course students will playfully and critically experiment in performing the faith given their own calling and passion.

Pastoral Counseling and Theology  (Hybrid) CHM635H

Annual — Two hours — Daniel Schipani
This course focuses on pastoral counseling as a ministry of the church and as a special setting for practical theology. It considers the practical questions of content, goals, and process in pastoral counseling aimed at discernment and guidance, nurture and support, reconciliation, and healing. Special attention is given to the task of integrating theological and psychological perspectives. Prerequisites: Human Development and Christian Formation, and Principles of Pastoral Care.

On campus

Campus courses meet June 23 to July 11

From Daniel to Jesus: Early Judaism in the Second Temple Period  BIB536

Occasional — Three hours — Jackie Wyse Rhodes
The book of Daniel and the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced at a time of great contention over the interaction of Judaism with the “globalization” of Hellenistic culture. Many different approaches were taken within Jewish traditions during this era—known as the Second Temple Period: withdrawal, active and critical engagement, acceptance, and violent revolution. In light of the importance of this period for interpreting the New Testament and its relevance for teaching and preaching in the congregation, this course is an introduction to Daniel, the Dead Sea Scrolls, selections from the Apocrypha, 1 and 2 Maccabees, the origins of the Septuagint, 1 Enoch, the Jewish philosopher Philo, the Jewish historian Josephus, and other important writings.

+ Read more about Jackie Wyse Rhodes

Jackie Wyse RhodesJackie Wyse Rhodes is a PhD candidate at Emory University. Her dissertation, “The Natural World in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature,” examines ancient apocalyptic texts in which the natural world occupies four particular categories of significance: nature as model, nature as sign, nature as testimony and judgment, and nature as mystery. The dissertation also investigates ways in which apocalyptic conceptions of the natural world relate to depictions of nature in the Hebrew Bible. Jackie holds an MDiv from AMBS and an M.A. from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Hebrew Readings: Prophets BIB601

Annual — Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
This course develops the skills and methods of exegesis. These skills are gained through (1) reading Jeremiah and using the tools of exegesis and computer software to illumine the text, (2) studying selected passages to hone specific exegetical skills, and (3) developing exegetical notes on a passage. The course provides sufficient skill and knowledge to exegete the Bible with greater confidence and power in ministry. Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew.

Theology in Context: Elkhart HTE618

Occasional — Two hours — Jamie Pitts
How might theology be put to work in a specific context? How might consideration of context influence and shape theology? In this course we will use Elkhart as a case study to explore these and related questions. Readings, discussions, and conversations with community leaders will encourage an integration of theological and missiological reflection with sociological investigation and practical engagement. (This course will meet for two weeks; a third credit hour can be earned with additional academic work.)

Supervised Ministry Experience INT689

Annual — Three hours — David Miller
This supervised internship in a congregational or other ministry setting allows the student to explore and develop the range of his or her ministering skills and gifts. The period of time will normally be an intensive three-month Summer or an extended seven or eight months, with the option of an entire calendar year. Ministry in Church and World is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

See also

AMBS-Great Plains summer courses

SCUPE summer courses (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education)