DESCRIPTION: The course will examine the central place of the Kingdom of God in the teaching and activity of Jesus. The theme of the kingdom is rooted in Old Testament conceptions of God and redemptive history. It informed almost every aspect of JesusŐ ministry and greatly influenced the theological reflection of the writers of the New Testament. Topics to receive particular attention include the character of GodŐs kingly rule, the divine ordering and control of creation and history, and the ultimate accomplishment of GodŐs purpose.
RELEVANCE FOR MINISTRY: Effective Christian ministry and witness requires an accurate understanding of the nature and character of JesusŐ ministry. The subject of the Kingdom of God stands at the heart of the teaching of the Gospels and is important to understanding the entire biblical story. The idea of the kingdom, so crucial to early Christian thought, continues to be of relevance to the ongoing life and work of the church.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES Having successfully completed the requirements for NS512, students will have demonstrated that they are able: (1) to work with the New Testament materials in a synthetic way that takes seriously the particularity of these materials and the potential of a coordinated New Testament witness to the Kingdom of God; (2) to articulate potential resolutions to key challenges facing the task of New Testament theology (e.g., the status of the Old Testament for New Testament theology and ethics, unity and diversity in the New Testament witness, historical versus canonical focus), particularly with regard to the Kingdom of God; (3) to articulate the relationship between New Testament exegesis and New Testament theology, particularly with regard to the Kingdom of God.
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet in an intensive format over 10 days for a total of 30 hours. The content of the class will be a combination of lecture, discussion and other teaching methods as appropriate.
á Margaret Barker. The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God. SPCK, 2007. [130 pp] (Out of print. Used copies available on alibris.com and amazon.com)
á Richard A. Horsley. Jesus and Empire. Fortress, 2003. ISBN: 9780800634902. [172 pp] MSRP $18.00.
á George E. Ladd. The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism. Eerdmans, 1974. ISBN: 9780802815316. [340 pp] MSRP $22.00.
á C. S. Lewis. The Last Battle. Macmillan, 1956. [174 pp]
á Thomas R. Y. Neufeld. Recovering Jesus. Brazos, 2007. ISBN: 9781587432026. [328 pp] MSRP $30.00.
á A. Mitsuo Wakabayashi. Kingdom Come: How Jesus wants to Change the World. InterVaristy Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780830823635. [179 pages]. MSRP $13.00.
á G. R. Beasley-Murray. Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Eerdmans, 1986.
á J. Bright. The Kingdom of God. Abingdon, 1957.
á B. Chilton, Pure Kingdom: JesusŐ Vision of God. Eerdmans, 1996.
á W. Willis, ed. The Kingdom of God in 20th Century Interpretation. Hendrickson, 1987.
1. NeufeldŐs Recovering Jesus to be read prior to first class.
2. Readings from scripture and textbooks to be completed for each class.
3. A 12-15 page research paper on a kingdom text or theme (40%).
4. A comparative analysis of Neufeld, Barker, and Horsley on the kingdom (25%).
5. A short reflective essay on LewisŐ ÔNarnian eschatologyŐ (15%).
6. A take-home final examination (20%).
PREREQUISITES: NS500 (NT1).
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in New Testament Theology (NTT), NS in Biblical Studies in some MAT curriculum and MACL.
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes.