January 2021 courses

This course provides a basic introduction to biblical Hebrew and Greek to help future pastors and church leaders explore biblical texts in their original languages. This course is not a replacement for biblical language study, but it familiarizes students with a range of ancient language resources to aid in biblical study and interpretation of biblical texts. Students learn both the Hebrew and Greek alphabets and gain experience with lexical tools, including interlinear bibles, dictionaries, concordances, and computer resources.

Notes: Pass/fail. Intended for students without previous Greek/Hebrew instruction.

Prayer is said to be the grammar of faith and this course delves into the heart of liturgy: prayer. By going to poor and abandoned places in New York City, students learn how to pray from below. By being with the poor, we learn a new grammar for our theologies and spiritualties. We also learn about prayers from other traditions which help us understand those at the margins that are different from non-Christian perspectives. With this new vocabulary, students are able to create a narrative/action, word/performance that help defy the structures of Empire.

This general introduction to Buddhism surveys the history and development of Buddhist thought within its three broad expressions–Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The aim of the course familiarizes students with Buddhist worldviews and offers an opportunity to engage the material critically. Students read a number of primary sources in translation as well as additional texts organized thematically and historically to contextualize this material.

Prerequisites: IE 221 or permission of the instructor.

Note: Theology requirement for MDiv students with a concentration in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement.