This Bible course will be taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts. This course will run from April 10 through June 17. The syllabus can be found here.
Within the Scriptures there are extensive underexplored resources for a Christian understanding of the sexes: narratives, poetry, wisdom, prophecy, symbol, and letters. This course is an investigation of the scope of the scriptural witness on these matters, demonstrating the diverse ways that it can inform our thought and practice. Escaping the narrow orbit of a few didactic texts, the prominence and importance of the symbolism of male and female throughout the canon will be examined. The course will consider how these broader scriptural witnesses can be integrated into a richer account of the sexes and how such an account might change the complexion of pressing questions in our contemporary cultural and ecclesial contexts. In addition to strengthening students’ grasp of the substantive teaching of the scriptures on the issue of the sexes, this course will equip students to be more adept in their use of the breadth of the scriptures as a theological source.
Dr. Alastair Roberts is a Teaching Fellow of the Theopolis Institute and the Davenant Institute, a leading evangelical blogger and writer, and one of the hosts of the Mere Fidelity podcast. His personal podcast is Alastair’s Adversaria, where he produces daily reflections upon Scripture. He is the author of Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture (Crossway, 2018).
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2hr/wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion in the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register now to reserve your spot. The course will proceed contingent on sufficient enrollment; on rare occasions, a class has to be cancelled due to insufficient interest. Once the registration period closes, the class meeting time will be set on the basis of a poll of availability from registrants. In case of cancellation or scheduling conflicts, students will be eligible for a refund or a transfer to another course.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.