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Pastoral education – for the future

At my institution, The School of Mission & Theology, there will be held a conference on Wednesday April 15 and Thursday April 16. The main theme for the conference is “Neste generasjons presteutdanning” (‘Pastoral education for the next generation’). Participants are invited from several other theological institutions, including also some relevant organisations etc.
The program will be thus:
onsdag 15. april
1030 Lunch MHS
1130- Prof. Alister E. McGrath: ”The future of theological education”
1330 Responses by Prof. Terje Stordalen, Faculty of Theology/University of Oslo &
Bishop of Agder Diocese Olav Skjevesland
Discussion

1330 Kaffepause

1400- Prof. Alister E. McGrath: ”The future of the theologian”
Responses by Prof. Vidar Leif Haanes, Rector of Norwegian School of Theology & Secretary General of the Association of Clergy Revd. Gunnar Mindestrømmen
1600 End

1800- 2100 Middag på Utstein Kloster

torsdag 16. april

0900 Lektor Hans Raun Iversen: ”Presteutdanning i det nye Europa: Kontekstuelle og strategiske perspektiver”
Respons ved ekspedisjonssjef Ingrid Vad Nilsen/Kirkedepartementet & prof. Trygve Wyller, dekan ved Teologisk fakultet/Universitetet i Oslo
Samtale

1105 Andakt
1120 Lunch

1200- ”Input vs output”
1330 – Hvem utdanner vi? (rekruttering)
– Hva utdanner vi til? (relevans)
– Hvordan samarbeider vi? (koordinering)

Korte innlegg og rundbordssamtale ved dekaner/rektorer ved de tre teologiske fakultetene. Plenumssamtale.

1330 Avslutning og kaffe

Knowledge of Greek and Preaching

Some time ago, Robert I. Bradshaw, who runs the impressive site Biblical Studies.org.uk, published an article by the late F.F. Bruce that I found quite interesting. On the one hand, I found prof. Bruce writing in an easy style I have never seen from his pen before, on the other hand, prof. Bruce makes some statments about the need for pastors and pastors to be about their need to keep up, or to learn the Greek language, and to read not only the New Testament and the Septuagint, but other literature in Greek too.:

F.F. Bruce,
‘The Greek Language and the Christian Ministry,’ originallly printed in
Clifton Theological College Magazine (Trinity Term 1956):5-10.
The article is now available at http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/greek_bruce.pdf

Prof Bruce strongly argues for the need for a good knowledge of Greek by saying: ” The Minister who keeps up his study of Hebrew and Greek has an advantage over his collegue who lets them go, such as a man with normal vision has over one who is colour-blind.” (p. 6).
Our students of today struggle with the Greek and Hebrew languages, and quite a lot of them put the Biblical Hebraaica on the shelf as soon as they have graduated, and not a few also let their Greek go. I have also noticed, by being a listener to several sermons through the years by various pastors, that only rarely do I hear a sermon through which I can realize that this person has studied theology, not to say: he knows his or her Greek. Nuances in the texts are then missed, and all too often I hear personal opinions uttered where there should have been arguments based on Greek linguistics.

Prof. Bruce’s reminder is a relevant one; don’t be colour-blind! Check out this article, and brush up your Greek, and use it in your sermon preparations.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

If you want to keep you self updated on recent books published in the field of classical studies (including archaeology), the Bryn Mawr Classical Review is the site to visit. You may also subscribe to their reviews.

In a recent editorial note, the editors state that:

“Bryn Mawr Classical Review is moving — to Bryn Mawr. Since our inception in late 1990, we have been hosted on the server of the Center for Computer Analysis of Texts at the University of Pennsylvania. There are many reasons for that persistence. One of us was then at Penn, the CCAT founded by Bob Kraft was already a leader in humanities computing, and since then inertia, respect for readers’ habits, and the very kind generosity of Penn humanities computing have all made it simple to stay as we were. The time has come now to move homes, with the journal coming to reside fully within the College whose extraordinary tradition in Classics gave it birth.

The senior editors are grateful to our colleagues at Penn, most notably in recent years Warren Petrofsky and Jay Treat, but going back many years to others, including Bob Kraft and the late Jack Abercrombie and the inimitable Ira Winston, and others whom we are sorry not to be able to catalog comprehensively here.

Links to the old addresses will “resolve” (as they say) to the new site, but of course there will be some hiccups in finding familiar material. This is an opportune moment to say that there are other sites from time to time that seem to take it upon themselves to archive BMCR postings. Go now, then, to have a look at http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu to see the new site and make sure you can recognize the real thing. Many readers will also want to bookmark our blog site, where new reviews are posted and comments encouraged/welcomed/posted. The URL there is http://www.bmcreview.org. ”

The site is hereby recommended!

Review of book on ‘Philemon’

My review of
Larry J. Kreitzer,
Philemon
Readings: A New Biblical Commentary
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2008 pp. xii + 194. $25.00

appeared in the SBL Bookreview just before Easter.
You can access the review here.

Easter vacation

March is over, and so is my teaching load for this spring. Now I can have time for the real fun: research. Time for Philo.
But first it is Easter time.
I know the blog has been half-dead for some time, and when I go for vacation now, I’ll be away from ‘the blessings of Internet’, as one of my friends -who don’t like Internet- once said ironically.
But I’ll be back.
As you might know, here in Norway we have a pretty long Easter vacation, over a week; both Thursday, Friday and the day after Easter sunday are holidays, and many people go to their cabin or rent a cabin in the mountains, goring skiing for the last time this winter.
I prefer to dig out the summer, and hope for even some golf.
Have a nice vacation you too!