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Ruth, Esther and Pastoral Ministry
Ruth and Esther make exciting Sunday School stories, but if we scratch a bit deeper we’ll find some thorny interpretive issues. Did Ruth the Moabite truly find belonging among the people of God? To what extent was Naomi’s sense of loss mingled with feelings of shame and guilt? Despite their circumstances, did Ruth and Esther go beyond acceptable sexual boundaries? Was ethnic intermarriage acceptable in the Old Testament? Should we view Esther’s actions against her enemies as ‘revenge’? Was it right for Esther and Mordecai to hide their identity as God’s people? Does God still act in narratives where he is barely mentioned (Ruth) or not mentioned at all (Esther)?
This unit gives us the opportunity to explore issues such as these with a view to pastoral application. You will develop an ability to use suitable known and new methodologies (including historical-critical, literary, ideological, ethnic, social-scientific and biblical-theological) to research and present solutions to your selected issue. You will then apply your findings to pastoral situations.
Lecturer: Dr Peter Lau has written extensively on the Books of Ruth and Esther. His research interests include Old Testament narrative, Social Identity Theory, Biblical Theology, and contextual readings of the Bible.
AQF level: 8/9
Lecture Mode: hybrid*
Start Date: Saturday 10 July 2021
Lecture Week: Monday 9 - Friday 13 August 2021
End Date: Saturday 6 November 2021
Credit Points and Costs:
AOT063 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $700 on-campus*/$630 off-campus*
OT063-812i = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MDiv, MTS - $2520
OT063-912i = 12cp (1 unit) - MDiv, MTS - $2520
*2021 LECTURE MODES:
On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only, with a limit on numbers (for Covid safety).
Off-campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus (limited face-to-face numbers) and off-campus (live online) concurrently.