Continuing  Ed/ge
Biblical Studies With a Difference

No Prerequisites.  Evening Sessions.
No Formal Assignments.

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 requirements (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:

  • the evocative-provocative call of wisdom
  • the meaning and significance of gender
  • the nature of power and violence

Participants may take up to 10 modules, each consisting of six, two-hour sessions (presentations and discussion):

  1. Genesis 
  2. Exodus–Deuteronomy 
  3. Genesis–Judges on violence/genocide, with special attention to 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; Malachi 
  8. Mark; John 
  9. Romans; Paul and gender 
  10. Revelation

The instructor will be Nik Ansell, ICS Senior Member in Theology. Nik is an experienced teacher in continuing education and an established author in biblical studies. You can hear from Nik in the video below or you can read one of his more popular pieces here.

MODULE 1
Genesis

Why does Genesis introduce “God” in the plural? Why does the Hebrew text (but not most translations) seem to exclude the wild animals from human “dominion”? Why is Eve called Adam’s “helper”? Who are the “sons of God” and why are they so taken with the “daughters of men”? What kind of god would test Abraham by calling for the sacrifice of his son? Does Lot really intend to betray his daughters to the mob? Who does Jacob wrestle with at the Jabbok—Man, God, or Angel?—and does the Genesis narrative suggest an answer that has been overlooked? These are the kinds of questions we will discuss in module 1.


As this module is foundational to the overall program, it will be offered twice in 2019:


February/March and April/May





Registration Options

Space is limited. Secure your spot as soon as possible!


Cost

$200 per module


Contact Us or Register:

By email: academic-registrar@icscanada.edu

By phone: 416-979-2331 ext. 239