With three cohorts of students concurrently studying on the first module in the Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning (a module that deals with earliest Church history), the program’s second module – addressing the rich relationship of Orthodoxy with the ‘Old Testament’ Scriptures – has begun its first teaching cycle this week.
Beginning with an examination of ‘Tradition’ in an Orthodox understanding, and how Scripture fits within the overarching tradition of the Church, Module CS02: The Church and the Book – The Church at Prayer progresses forward with the study of topics as diverse as the Orthodox response to doctrines of ‘sola scriptura’, to the nature and history of the Old Testament (including a history of the Church’s Septuagint edition), the Christological reading of the Scriptures, and a detailed study of the Scriptures themselves — from the stories of Abraham and Isaac and their descendents, to Exodus, prophets and history of the Chosen people. As with all the Institute’s courses, this module frames the study of Old Testament Scripture in pastoral terms aimed at fostering a deeper Christian life in the Church: and an element is included that focuses on the place of the ancient Scriptures in Orthodox worship, including in-parish assignments that bring students into interaction with clergy and fellow parishioners.
Taught through a rich suite of interactive Distance Learning-based resources, students are exposed to a truly Orthodox study of the ancient Scriptures, brought to life through real-time chat classes, live one-on-one tutorials in person or via video conferencing, audio and video lectures with multimedia enhancements, interactive assignments and discussions with fellow students, and a wide exposure to the texts of the Scriptures, Fathers, scholars and liturgical heritage of the Church.
If gaining a rich understanding of the Old Testament, its history and its place in the life of Orthodox Christians is of interest to you, then perhaps now is the time to consider taking up a course of Orthodox studies right from home. The Institute’s Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning is an in-depth course that makes the most of non campus-based study, in a flexible, affordable and supportive environment. What’s more, with a new cohort starting date of 4th June 2013, there’s time to apply today and begin your studies in time for summer. Click here for full details and on-line application information.