OT376God’s Many-sided Wisdom for Daily Life (II): Ecclesiastes
OT376 : God’s Many-sided Wisdom for Daily Life (II): Ecclesiastes (1.5 Credit)
Academic Year : 2022
About this course
The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have a clear aim: to teach believers, those who ‘fear God’ (Prov. 1:7; Eccl. 12:13), how to live wisely, such that their lives reflect their commitment to God at every point. Christians can gain much from studying these books and reflecting on the highly practical teaching which they offer on topics such as: friendship, family, love, loyalty, hard work, business, wealth, wise speech, justice and politics.
Both books, however, pose problems when you work through them: Proverbs seems to present its various teachings in a disorganized way; Ecclesiastes is even more perplexing – rambling, self-contradictory and at points apparently skeptical of Israel’s traditions. How, then, are we to benefit from these two little-read books? OT 375 focuses on Proverbs and OT 376 focuses on Ecclesiastes. The two courses are presented as two parts (Part I and II) of a larger topic (God’s Many-Sided Wisdom for Daily Life) out of a belief that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are mutually illuminating and best studied together. OT 375 and 376 can, however, also be taken separately. Teaching is by blended learning (a blend of recorded lectures and class discussion). All classes will take place by Zoom.
Please note that this course will overlap significantly in content with OT 353, a course which Dr Satterthwaite has taught on Ecclesiastes in past years. There will be some new features to OT 376, but this course is not in general recommended to students who have taken OT 353 previously.
Lecturer : Philip SatterthwaiteEMERITUS PRINCIPAL, LECTURER IN OLD TESTAMENT, BIBLICAL HEBREW & HERMENEUTICS. Philip has been our Lecturer since 1998. Prior to this, he was Research Fellow in Hebrew and Aramaic at Tyndale House, Cambridge. His main research areas are the Old Testament historical books and the Septuagint. In 2007 his book Exploring the Old Testament 2: The Histories (written in collaboration with J.G. McConville) was published by SPCK/IVP. Philip has preached and taught in a number of churches in Singapore and is a member of Prinsep Street Presbyterian church. He is married to Eileen.
Venue: To be Advised , To be Advised