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5. Biblical Studies With a Difference

Continuing Ed/ge
Ever wondered why the good creation included the serpent of Genesis? Or whether God really called for the Canaanite genocide? Or knows what it is like to give birth? If you have—or if your curiosity is aroused—Continuing Ed/ge may be for you!

This new ICS program is for anyone who wants to engage Scripture in an “adult ed” or “continuing ed” setting. There are no prerequisites and no formal assignments (other than reading biblical material ahead of class). You can take one or all of the modules. The sessions will take place in the evenings.

The overall program will work through much of the Old Testament and New Testament, paying special attention to three key themes:
  1. the evocative-provocative call of wisdom;
  2. the meaning and significance of gender;
  3. the nature of power and violence.
Participants may take up to 10 modules, each consisting of six, two-hour sessions (a mix of presentations and discussion):
  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus–Deuteronomy; Judges
  3. Genesis–Judges on violence/genocide/the land, with special attention to the book of Joshua
  4. Job; Proverbs
  5. 1–2 Samuel; 1–2 Kings; 1–2 Chronicles
  6. Ruth; Song of Songs; Ecclesiastes; Lamentations; Esther
  7. Jeremiah; Daniel
  8. Mark; John
  9. Romans; Paul and gender
  10. Revelation
In the future, modules will be offered as weekend courses outside Toronto.

The instructor will be Nik Ansell, ICS senior member in theology. Nik is an experienced teacher in continuing ed and an established author in biblical studies. For one of his more popular pieces, see www.thebanner.org/ features/2011/01/jesus-on-the-offensive

The first module on Genesis will take place at ICS, 229 College Street, Toronto, 7–9pm on Thursday evenings beginning on October 1, 2015. Space will be limited. Secure your spot by going to the Continuing Ed/ge web page at www.icscanada.edu/continuing-edge

As the Genesis module is foundational to the overall program, it will be offered twice. You may also register your interest in the second offering there too.

Fees are $240 per module; $200 for ICS members.

Questions? Email continuing-edge@icscanada.edu