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Understanding and Preaching The Book of Acts

Workload One semester, 8 credit points, 500 pages required reading. 26 contact hours.
Status This is an MA Gold unit and may only be taken by those enrolled in the MA Gold program.
When: June 2019
Who: Darrel Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary)

Explore the Book of Acts in -depth with internationally renowned New Testament scholar Dr Darrell L. Bock, who has been teaching and writing on Acts for over thity-five years. Dr Bock is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany) and for his work in Luke-Acts and in Jesus’ examination before the Jews. He is the author of the volume on Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.

Bock regards The Book of Acts as being “all about legitimation. In the Book of Acts Luke records the story of God working through Jesus to usher in a new era of promise and Spirit-enablement so that the people of God can be God’s people even in the midst of a hostile world.” By locating Acts within the canon and relating it to our contemporary context, Bock will empower pastors to both preach from Acts and relate it to their own ministry contexts.

Unit Content
1. The literary context, content, structure and genre(s) of the Book of Acts.
2. Issues in the interpretation of the Book of Acts.
3. Key themes of the Book of Acts.
4. Exegesis of a selection of chapters from the Book of Acts.
5. Preaching the Book of Acts.

Assessment
• Book Review (4cp: 1,000/6cp: 1,500 words; (20%)

• Sermon with Detailed Exegesis and Rationale (4cp: 6,000, 6cp: 6,500 words; 80%) (Unit learning outcomes A1-2, B1, C1-2)

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