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Being Human in God’s World: Old Testament Theology of Humanity (OT789i)

2018 March 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.

If you are interested in this unit, please feel free to contact our registrars for a unit outline on 02 9747 4780 or email.

SMBC, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132

Monday 12 - Friday 16 March 2018

8.30am - 2.30pm

Prof Gordon McConville
Gordon 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.

Enrol by:
Friday 9 February 2018

More info:

  • Pre-reading will be advised
  • Initial assignment due on the first day
  • Essay and assignments will be completed at home in the weeks following the intensive
  • Post-intensive assignments via email
  • Exams (if applicable) take place several weeks after the intensive. For those living outside of Sydney, it is possible to do your exams near home with an approved supervisor
  • Face-to-face lectures during the week in Sydney. Morning tea and lunch provided each day
  • Limited onsite accommodation at SMBC may be available with preference given to those travelling from regional locations
  • E-library/library resources available.


Go to APPLY FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY for application details and costs.

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