The Building Blocks of Education at Redeemer
At Redeemer Seminary we believe the Bible tells us God’s story of redemption.
The Scriptures tell us how God has reconciled all of creation unto himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The story of redemption defines everything – who God is, who we are, and God’s purpose for the world – and it serves as the foundation for all of theological education.
Our curriculum is designed to help us understand how the truth of Scripture affects every aspect of our lives, that we might faithfully live out our calling as God’s people.
Study the Bible in the Languages It Was Written
Instruction in the Bible presupposes a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and students are strongly advised to acquire such knowledge during their college course. However, a student is not required to have previous training in Greek or Hebrew to begin the program.
Those who have had Greek or Hebrew before entrance should contact the Registrar about taking the Greek or Hebrew placement exam. A total of at least 79 credit hours plus required Hebrew and Greek courses is required for the Master of Divinity degree.
The following list contains the requirements for completing the Greek portion of the curriculum.
The following list contains the requirements for completing the Hebrew portion of the curriculum.
Biblical Theology – The Story of Redemptive History
From Genesis To Revelation
Biblical Theology is a curious technical term that you may hear often in seminary. More than synonymous with ‘true’ or ‘orthodox’ the discipline of biblical theology informs the entire curriculum at Redeemer. We use the term as shorthand for a very big idea: reading the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as an unfolding cosmic epic. The Bible is a drama with a pivotal act: the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It is a drama that continues in the life of the church, and extends into all of culture and the created order.
Biblical theology celebrates the wisdom of God in revealing Himself through story. Only a story can show the complexity of who God is and who we are. Character emerges through struggle and conflict. Through story, we understand love and longing, betrayal and despair, hope and joy. Biblical theology traces plotlines. Multiple narrative streams bubble up in the OT, grow into torrents, and converge in Christ. From Christ, the life-giving stream flows into the story of the Church, and revitalizes society and culture. These plotlines give context, framework and direction to our seminary curriculum at Redeemer.
Take ethics – right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice. What are they? The human ethical condition could not possibly be expressed by simple bullet points, abstract philosophical systems, or to-do lists. The narrative medium makes ethics concrete. In story, virtue and vice, wisdom and folly, appear in flesh and blood, not as abstract labels. In this example, BT provides the framework for our ethical reflection. But BT is more than a mere servant of other seminary disciplines.
Think of the Bible as a film, and BT as response. We all respond to films in multiple ways. But, for many filmgoers, there is direct translation of film into their own life. The plot becomes a metaphor they appropriate to guide their own unfolding life story. For such viewers, the meaning of the cinematic story is another story, not a set of non-narrative propositions. A fully developed BT promises a ‘Practical Narrative Theology’, a direct metaphorical rendering of scripture’s drama into the theater of our own lives.
Old Testament Classes
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The Pentateuch | Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Historical Books | Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Songs and Wisdom Literature | Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations
Prophetic Books | Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habukkuk, Zephanie, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi