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TM204/OT2.2 Law and Narrative Class Schedules

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TM204/ OT2.2 Law and Narrative

TM204/OT2.2 Law and Narrative

For WEMTC: This occasional module explores and evaluates the different ways First Testament Law and Narrative may be read in order to find meaning suitable for preaching today. On the basis that both Law and Narrative may have had original sermonic settings it then explores how law and narrative formats and methods might influence the form and method of our preaching.

For Wesley: This unit explores the range of meanings of the word 'law' in the OT and the different types of legal material including the Decalogue. Attention is paid to the way in which Christians have appealed to bibliucal law in addressing ethical issues. The main substance of the course will be the study of selected individual biblical narratives and the way in which they relate to one another.

On this page you will find sample class schedules from the last time this module was run in 2003/2004.



OT2.2 Law and Narrative at Wesley

This module is taught at Wesley by Elizabeth Harper

Aims

  1. To examine First Testament law in its canonical context andto explore how law was viewed in Israelite society
  2. To examine the range of interpretative methods for biblical narratives with particular emphasis on New Literary Criticism
  3. To consider the implications of having a legal and narrative theology and how it may be authoritative for Christians today.

Class Content

Week 1 Reading Narratives I
       Hermeneutics & new ways of reading narratives
Reading Plot
       Narrative Poetics - plotting the plot
 
Week 2 Reading Character
       Narrative Poetics - characterising the characters
Jonah I
       What do we make of the characters?
 
Week 3 Reading Style
       Narrative Poetics: Style, Time and Place
Jonah II
       Its stylistic characteristics and canonical setting
 
Week 4 The Jacob Cycle I
       Artistry & Poetics in the Jacob cycle
The Jacob Cycle II
       The Jacob cycle in the wider canonical setting
 
Week 5     "I delight in your law"
       Attitudes to First Testament Law
"Holy, just and good"
       Nomos or Torah? The Place of Law in First Testament thinking
 
Week 6 "It was said to those of ancient times"
        Placing the Law in its biblical and historical context
"You have it heard... but I say to you"
       A hermeneutical method for First Testament Law
 
Week 7 "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy "Lev 19:2
        Law and God - Worship & Holiness in the Torah
"The priest shall make atonement " Lev 19:22
       Law & God cont. Purity & Purification. Sacrifices
 
Week 8 "These are the creatures you may eat"Lev 11:2
       Law & the created order, dietary laws
"You shall love your neighbour as yourself"Lev 19:18
       Law & Society, difficult laws
 
Week 9 Project presentations
       10 minute presentations
"Until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota will pass from the law"
       O.T. Law & Narrative in Christian History
 
Week 10 The implications of a Narrative and Legal Theology
       A broader look at the implications of a theology through narrative and law.
Law & Narrative for Ministry
       Implications and applications to ministry and preaching
 

Notes

Reading and preparation for each class will be expected - material will be photocopied and distributed. Parts will also be available for downloading from the Law and Narrative Handout Page

Preaching Law and Narrative at WEMTC

This module is taught at WEMTC by Elizabeth Harper

Class Content

Week 1     Nomos or Torah?
       The Place of Torah in Israelite thinking. The Pentateuch as Torah
"The Law & the Prophets"
       Law in the Ancient World, the modern World and Christianity
 
Week 2 "Speak to the People of Israel and say.... "
       A method for using and preaching the Law
"I am the Lord your God"
       The Ten Commandments
 
Week 3 "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy "Lev 19:2
        Law & God - Worship & Holiness in the Torah. The Law as mediator of God
"The priest shall make atonement " Lev 19:22
       Law and God cont. Purity & Purification. Sacrifices
 
Week 4 "You shall love your neighbour as yourself"Lev 19:8
       Law & Society, Law and the Created Order
"Until heaven & earth pass away, not one iota will pass from the law"Lev 19:18
       O.T. Law & Narrative in Christian History
 
Week 5 Preaching Legal Theology
       The educative aims of law and preaching, the pitfalls and challenges of a legal theology, the lessons of an oral law
Preaching Presentations
       Sharing draft sermons
 
Week 6 Plotting the Plot
       Hermeneutics & Plot Theory
Preaching Plot
       Lowry's "The Homiletical Plot"
 
Week 7 Reading Character
       Narrative Poetics - characterising the characters. Giving life to sermons
Jonah I
       What do we make of these characters?
 
Week 8 Reading Style
       Narrative Poetics: Style, Time and Place Using rhetorical style in preaching
Jonah II
       Its stylistic characteristics and canonical setting
 
Week 9 Preaching Narrative
       Learning homiletics from Narratives
The Jacob Cycle I
       Artistry & Poetics in the Jacob cycle
 
Week 10 Narrative Theology past and present
       The history of interpreting narrative
Preaching Presentations
       Sharing draft sermon assignments
 

Notes

Reading and preparation for each class will be expected - material will be photocopied & distributed or available from the website or CD.

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Resources Last updated: 29 March 2004 at 1:10am Copyright 2008 E. Harper and W. McDougall
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