NS512: JESUS AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD - Blaine B. Charette
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 Jesus’ ministry and greatly influenced the theological reflection of the writers of the New Testament. Topics to receive particular attention include the character of God’s kingly rule, the divine ordering and control of creation and history, and the ultimate accomplishment of God’s purpose.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Effective Christian ministry and witness require an accurate understanding of the nature and character of Jesus’ 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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated the ability (1) to articulate the relationship between the respective Old and New Testament testimonies to God’s dominion; (2) to work with the New Testament materials relevant to the kingdom of God 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; (3) to demonstrate the relationship between exegesis and theological interpretation of New Testament texts concerned with the kingdom of God; and (4) to articulate the ongoing significance of the witness of Jesus and early Christian writers for critical reflection on ecclesial practices.
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet for a total of 30 hours (Aug 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27) for lecture and discussion.
George E. Ladd. The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism. Eerdmans, 1974. (340 pp). ISBN 9780802815316. $24.00
Thomas R. Y. Neufeld. Recovering Jesus. Brazos, 2007. (328 pp). ISBN 9781587432026. $30.00
Margaret Barker. The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God. SPCK, 2007. (130 pp). ISBN 0281058466. $19.99.
Richard A. Horsley. Jesus and Empire. Fortress, 2003. (172 pp) ISBN 9780800634902. $18.00.
A. W. Wakabayashi. Kingdom Come. IVP, 2003. (177 pp.) ISBN 9780830823635. $13.00
C. S. Lewis. The Last Battle. Macmillan, 1956. (174 pp) ISBN 006447108X. #6.99.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Readings from scripture and textbooks to be completed for each class.
2. A research paper on a kingdom text or theme (Learning Outcome[s] #2, 3, 4). (40%)
3. A comparative analysis of Neufeld, Barker, and Horsley on the kingdom (Learning Outcome[s] #2, 3, 4). (25%)
4. A short reflective essay on Lewis’ ‘Narnian eschatology’ (Learning Outcome #3). (15%)
5. A take-home final examination (Learning Outcome[s] #1, 2, 3, 4). (20%)
Prerequisites: NS500 (NT1) OR NT500
Relationship to Curriculum: Meets M.Div. core requirement in New Testament Theology (NTT).