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Overview

The Bible in Six Chapters

We all know that the Bible is a book composed of

hundreds, perhaps thousands, of stories, many of which

are well known to us: Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath,

the Prodigal Son, The Conversion of Paul.

But the Bible is also ONE story: the story of God’s

dealings with the world through our spiritual ancestors

the Jews, through Jesus and through the Church that

followed him.

This course of open lectures will offer a way to

approach the Bible as one story written in six

“chapters” – BEGINNINGS, PROMISES, PROPHETS, GOOD

NEWS, SPIRIT ANDENDINGS – and highlight what each

of them tells us about God

Price List for Open Lectures

Open Lectures

$100/month
  • Access to all Open Lectures for one month

BTh courses

$1000/course for 3 months
  • Access one BTh course for 3 months

MTh courses

$1500/course for 3 months
  • Access one MTh course for 3 months

Open Lectures and courses

Overview

Where is the Holy Spirit today?
Specker: Dr. Gareth Jones

Overview

「你說我是誰?」牧養關懷與屬靈操練
講員:梁秀珊牧師

Overview

「投第一塊石頭」學院研經與教會查經有何分別?
講員:劉榮佳牧師

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Why should I care about Church History?
Specker: Dr. Matthew Jones

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Why do Anglicans Study the Bible?
Speaker: Professor Donn Morgan

The Scriptures touch and shape all those who study it— whether in worship, or in teaching, or in preaching, or pastoring, or so much more. These lectures identify special ways in which the Bible has touched and shaped Anglicanism, ways which when taken together and viewed as a whole provide an important and distinctive picture. The impact and shaping of the Bible will be illustrated in the lives and ministries of important Anglican leaders and builders, teachers and scholars, pastors and poets.

Overview

Who wrote the new testament?

Speaker: The Revd Professor John Kater

Nearly every book of the New Testament bears the name of an author, but what do we really know about them? Who were they, where did they come from, and how did their setting shape what they wrote about Jesus and the early Church? This course will look at what we really know about the people we call Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the others whose names we hear in church week by week.
Week 1:
PAUL
The “real” Paul and his successors
Week 2:
THE FIRST GOSPELS
Q and Mark
Week3:
THE JEWISH CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
Matthew, James, Hebrews, Jude
Week 4:
INTO ALL THE WORLD:
Luke and Acts
Week 5:
JOHN THE ELDER
The Gospel of John and 1, 2, and 3 John
Week 6:
JOHN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The author of Revelation

Overview

An Unofficial History of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui in Four Chapters

Speaker: Revd Dr Philip Wickeri

There is a Chinese tradition of writing “unofficial histories,” written by people who were not historical actors but who were close to the action and who spent most of their time reading and writing. In four lectures, I will offer some sketches of our own “unofficial history” as a church, chosen somewhat randomly, but with a purpose to stimulate interest in history and archival work.
1. From the Diocese of Victoria to the Formation of the Province: An Overview
2. Curious and Inspiring Episodes from the Distant Church Past
3. Accidental Bishop: Sketches from the Life of John Gilbert Hindley Baker
4. The Life of Mind: Theological Education and Lay Training in the Sheng Kung Hui

Overview

耶穌的比喻:一生作主門徒
講員:鄺廣傑榮休大主教

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從信仰角度看
香港聖公會福利協會的事工
講員:李正儀總幹事

Overview

中國傳道之啓發635-1966AD
講員: 湯顯森牧師

Overview

Psalms
Speaker: Professor Donn Morgan

Many have noted, perhaps most famous among them the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that the psalms, so obviously written and composed as the words of prayer and meditation to God by singers, sages, prophets and others in ancient Israel, have become God’s Word to us in the Bible. That Word remains centrally important to Jews and Christians all over the world. These lectures first explore the definition, shape, and character of the Psalms as prayer. We will then identify ways in which the Psalms serve as resources for the life of the spirit. Finally, we will study the Psalms as a provider of help and direction in making sense of the world we live in, as a vehicle for opening paths to faithful living and service.

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The Future of Religion
Speaker: The Professor Paul Ballanfat

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Thinking about Angels
Speaker: The Revd Professor John Kater
Angels make their appearance throughout the Bible, from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Artists from around the world have given us their impression of what angels might look like, but what does the Bible really have to say about these heavenly beings? And what on earth do they have to do with us?

Overview

Seeing the Face of God in Jesus

Speaker: The Revd Canon Gordon Oliver

Week1 : The Face of Jesus in the Story of the Cross
Week2: Preparing for the Passover:
Getting the start of the story in order
Week3: Wrestling with Darkness
Week4: Coming to Judgement

Master of Theology Courses

M101
Old Testament Tests I: Jeremiah
The Revd Dr Jim West

Overview

Course Description
The course will begin with a detailed survey of the book of Jeremiah and his contribution to the development of Israelite Monotheism and ethics. This will be accompanied by an analysis of particular texts in the book of Jeremiah in the light of their historical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on reading Jeremiah and exegeting the book as thoroughly as possible. Students will interact critically with issues that arise from how this information is interpreted and contextualized.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Ancient Near Eastern and Old Testament traditions found in the book of Jeremiah, in their historical contexts and the tensions that arose between state religions, populist reformers and prophetic idealists;
  • Discuss and evaluate critically the book of Jeremiah’s select socio-historical and literary issues, contextual hermeneutics, and questions of significance and relevance for biblical interpretation;
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in Old Testament critical method and biblical exegesis;
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the selection and critical application of primary and secondary sources relevant to the book of Jeremiah and communicate it in an organized and coherent manner;
  • Demonstrate independent research and writing skills.

Bachelor of Divinity courses

BS120
The Synoptic Gospels: An Introduction to the New Testament
The Revd. Dr. Eric Lau

Overview

Subject Overview
An introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, focusing on the historical background and the complex questions involved in synoptic studies such as the synoptic problem and the findings of modern biblical criticism. Students are introduced to the distinctive witness of each of the three evangelists, their contexts, aims, emphasis, main themes and theologies, all of which provide ways of looking at Jesus and his significance for the early Christian communities.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad introductory knowledge of the content of the Synoptic Gospels;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with key literary, historical and theological issues which arise from a study of the Synoptic Gospels;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to undertake basic research using both primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject and communicate it in an organized and coherent manner;
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake basic exegesis of Synoptic texts;
  • Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.

CH120
Liturgy I: The Forms of Christian Worship
The Revd. Dr. Lam Chun Wai

Overview

Subject Overview
This course is designed to help students to understand the development of Christian worship, both historically and theologically, and what it has meant to Christian communities throughout the centuries. As students’ progress through the course they are equipped with some analytical tools in order to examine some selected liturgical texts, both ancient and modern, in order to understand how Christian liturgy has affected the life and ministry of the Church.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history and theology of Christian worship;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the shared origins of Christian worship;
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of particular forms of worship across the wider Christian tradition;
  • Illustrate the recent trends of Christian liturgy and their impact on the life and ministry of the Church in contemporary context;
  • Demonstrate the ability of analyzing selected liturgical texts;
  • Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.

CH210
History of Christianity II: The Reformation Period
The Revd Dr Jim West

Overview

Subject Overview
This course is the second in the BD (Honours) programme that together provide a thorough and connected overview of the history of Christianity. It focuses upon the years 1517-1600 which, taken together, may be taken to include three distinctive subjects for the Church: the Reformation in continental Europe, initiated by Luther and others and establishing Protestant churches particularly in German and Swiss states and cantons; the English Reformation, leading to the establishment of the Church of England; and Rome’s Counter Reformation which, with the arrival of the Jesuits, has particular significance in the Far East.
NB: this course addresses HISTORICAL questions, although some theological consideration is inevitable. Each course will focus upon one of the three distinctive subjects. For illustration only, the course content offered in 2013-14 was: Luther & Lutheranism 1517-30.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the major questions associated with the Reformation Period, how those questions affected the development of Christianity, and how they might be understood today;
  • Exercise some ability to criticize those questions and to understand the historical texts and contexts related to them;
  • Develop the skills necessary to collect material from primary and secondary sources and to present that material orally and in written form coherently and intelligently;
  • Develop the skills necessary to write critical essays addressing the subject matter studied.

THL100

Introduction to Biblical Languages
(Hebrew)

The Revd Dr Jim West

THL106

Introduction To New Testament Studies

The Revd Dr Jim West

THL105

Introduction to the Old Testament Studies

The Revd Dr Jim West

Current Semester Degree Programmes

THL100

Introduction to Biblical Languages
(Hebrew)

The Revd Dr Jim West

THL106

Introduction To New Testament Studies

The Revd Dr Jim West

THL208

 

The Synoptic Gospels

The Revd Dr Eric Lau

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