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The course is designed to introduce students to the essential grammar, morphology, and vocabulary of the Greek of the New Testament. The course is also designed to expose the seminarians to recognize and write Greek words, learn and memorize a core vocabulary of the Greek words frequently used in New Testament texts, understand morphological and syntactical elements, read and translate simple sentences and short passages from the New Testament text.

This course is designed to deepen the seminarian’s understanding of the letters ascribed to Paul through a close and careful reading of the texts. In addition to the discussion of the life of Paul and the genre of the letters, there is a focus on the social and political contexts in which and for which the texts were written. In the course we will also consider the rhetoric of the text as well as the major theological themes found in the Epistles. The course include exegetical exercises on selected texts from Paul’s letters and an exploration of how these letters relate to the lives of congregants today.

This course reflects on some of the key people involved in the Reformation. The course will not only look at these people, but will also analyse their contribution to the Church movement and their subsequent legacy. Some of the people and subjects discussed include:

·         Protestant Reformation

·         Humanism – including Erasmus and Martin Luther

·         The Swiss Reformation - John Calvin & Ulrich Zwingli

·         The Anabaptists – Menno Simmons, Balthasar Hubmaier

·         The Catholic Reformation and revival

The second part of this course takes a closer look at how the Reformed church moved into other parts of the world, notably into Southern Africa. We will critically reflect on the influence of the Methodist Movement in South Africa, with closer attention on KwaZulu-Natal.

The course is designed to enable students to lead and contribute to the churches’ practice of moral discourse, and to engage the various cultures which surround them in moral discourse. It will also equip students with the skill to consider what constitutes an ethical problem, and will explore appropriate ways to address it.

At the end of this course the student should understand:
(i)                   The nature of Christian worship.
(ii)                 The history or evolution of worship.
(iii)                The theology of Christian worship.
(iv)               The elements of authentic worship.
(v)                 The significance of liturgical worship in the Christian faith.
(vi)               History, theology and evolution of sacramental practice.
(vii)              The value of music in worship.
(viii)            The value of architecture in worship.
(ix)               The necessity of the Christian calendar in worship.

Further, the student should be able to:
(x)                 Plan, implement, and evaluate worship.
(xi)               Develop contemporary liturgies relevant to contemporary human experience.
(xii)              Design and implement inclusive worship for the diverse African context.