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March 2018 Postgraduate Unit
What does it mean to be “Human” according to the Old Testament? There are fundamental questions to be addressed, such as the meaning of the “image of God,” humanity’s relationship to God, its own inter-relationships, and its relation to the created order.
In pursuing these questions, we’ll consider the full possibilities of human existence, as well as its limitations. In this unit we’ll examine dimensions of the human experience, including the social, political, sexual, work, language and creativity dimensions, as well as the specifically “religious” – that is, worship and spiritual growth and experience. In doing so, we’ll consider pervasive concepts such as righteousness, wisdom, and sin. In our studies we’ll be giving careful exegetical attention to specific Old Testament texts – and it will be informed throughout by a view towards (and back from) the New Testament.
Gordon McConville is Professor of Old Testament Theology at the University of Gloucestershire. He was grew up in Northern Ireland, studied Modern Languages in Cambridge, then Theology in Edinburgh, and did his PhD on Deuteronomy at Queen’s University, Belfast, under the supervision of Gordon Wenham. He has taught at Trinity College, Bristol and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and for the last twenty years in the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. He has also returned this year to Bristol as an associate member of Faculty.
He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including Being Human in God’s World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity, Law and Theology in Deuteronomy, Time and Place in Deuteronomy, and Judgment and Promise: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah.