Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible

Taught by Safwat Marzouk, PhD, and Drew Strait, PhD

Dates: Oct. 28 - Dec. 15, 2020

Early registration deadline: September 30, 2020
Final registration deadline: October 21, 2020

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In this class we will study six pertinent biblical passages (three OT and three NT) and reflect individually and collectively on what these texts contribute to a robust and biblically based practice of peace and justice today. These texts will also help us focus on several key issues such as the relationship between peace and justice, how God acts for peace and justice, and the question of how should we act. Do we claim nonviolence, nonresistance, active resistance or something else? Active student participation in the text studies and active reading of the short commentary provided will contribute to lively discussions of these vital issues. Short course students are expected to read assigned materials and complete short assignments, writing in an online discussion forum. Students manage their own time to meet weekly assignment deadlines. Some short courses also include optional, weekly live video conversations, which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.  Request a syllabus

This course includes an optional evening video conference meeting with Safwat and Drew each week of the course. These meetings will be recorded for participants who aren't able to attend. The meeting time is still TBD. 

Safwat Marzouk and Drew Strait

Safwat Marzouk (left), PhD, is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Drew Strait (right), PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS.

Anabaptist Short Course Bundle discount!

Only $995 total for four Anabaptist short courses. Register online and select the bundle price. 16 spots left!

How short courses work

Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Short course students are expected to complete coursework on their own and post to an online forum weekly. These short courses also include optional, weekly, live video conversations which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.

Short courses explore topics like Anabaptist history, biblical study, spiritual and ethical issues, worship, and more. These non-credit courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won't receive a grade, but readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, and professors assume you have critical thinking skills and some previous academic study.

For more information about what to expect from the course visit the short course details page.

Register for 2020-2021 short courses 


  • Early registration: US $300 per course
  • Regular registration: US $350 per course
  • Anabaptist Short Course Bundle: US $995 total for four courses!
  • Global South Scholarships are available.

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Find out how short courses work, how you can get CEUs, and what requirements you'll need to participate in online short courses. Learn more.

*NOTE: Anabaptist Worship Network online short courses are not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle. Learn more about the bundle.

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