This Bible course will be taught by Rev. Dr. Dan McManigal, and will run from September 26 through December 10. The syllabus will be available soon.
When dedicated readers apply themselves to Scripture, its abundance of themes swiftly becomes apparent: law, grace, worship, sacrifice, kingship, the church, eschatology, to name but a few. Amidst such richness, what, if anything unites things into a whole? Do the themes relate under an organizing principle? Or are they all there equally for the taking, depending on the interests and disposition of the reader?
Thankfully, the Bible itself has, for generations, provided such an organizing principle: covenants.
Divine-human covenants play an essential role in the Bible’s storyline as the sovereign Lord establishes relationships with his people. Covenants mark the key moments of Scripture’s great story, being made with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. Then, Christ and the New Testament writers explicitly invoke the language and imagery of covenants to explain what he has accomplished in salvation. At every turn, Scripture’s narrative and thought is shaped and directed by covenants. The biblical covenants not only set out the goal for human history, but also the way in which human beings reach it.
In this course students will gain a firm understanding of the Old and New Testament hope of God’s people through the lens of the biblical covenants, and the application of covenant theology for us today. Careful attention will be given to the ways in which the major covenants of the Bible build upon one other, and give form and content to the work of God through Christ.
Rev. Dr. Daniel McManigal (PhD, Christ College) is Senior Pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church, Bellevue WA. He previously worked as a chaplain’s assistant in Sydney, Australia and as a church planter for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the United Reformed Churches in North America. Dr McManigal is a lecturer at the Center for Theology and Mission in Seattle and author of Encountering Christ in the Covenants: An Introduction to Covenant Theology, and A Baptism of Judgment in the Fire of the Holy Spirit: John’s Eschatological Proclamation in Matthew 3.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
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.