|Library square, Regent U.|
Recently, I received the blessed news that I received a scholarship from Regent's School of Divinity specifically awarded to women who show ability for high impact in the ministry and academia. This was very exciting to me-especially because my scholarship essay centered around my thoughts on the current needs of LDS women in my area, the Relief Society specifically, and creating "spiritual independence" within those sisters through an emphasis on scriptural competency. I made it clear that I was part of a lay ministry and would never engage in a paid ministry position. I was sure that information would disqualify me from being viewed as a legitimate candidate, but not so! How wonderful that my evangelical/charismatic friends at Regent view the LDS Relief Society as an organization contributing to the overall Christian agenda, and that they saw fit to award me, and LDS woman, such scholarship funds! I very much see this as part of building "bridges of understanding", something that I hoped to accomplish as part of my experience with this MA program. Hurrah for Israel!
|Illuminated manuscript of early rabbinical midrash|
|Vintage print of Rabbis studying midrash|
OVERVIEW of the PAST TWO SEMESTERS: Monty and I headed out to Regent's campus mid-fall of 2012 for my New Testament 1 course. This course was taught by Peter Grabe, a native South African who presented a faith centered and classic approach to the NT. My favorite take away from that class was Dr. Grabe's statement of "choose faith! when confronted with questions beyond your understanding, dear students, please, consider faith and if possible, choose faith!" These words were particularly meaningful as we tackled some of the controversial origins to the NT texts. No doubt I will always carry those words with me.
My favorite class Fall 2012 was, no doubt, Women in the Ministry. This course was incredible and taught by the wise and articulate Mara Crabtree. This woman now goes in my hall of fame of "she-roes" for the influence she had on me and my thoughts about women's involvement in Biblical and Christian history. During this class, one of our textbooks we read was "Women in Ministry-Four Views" composed by scholarly contributors who found themselves on either side of the polaric debate surrounding women's involvement in the church, in addition to those finding themselves somewhere in between. Each scholar would present their hermeneutical and scholarly perspective on the issues surrounding women's involvement in ministry (centered primarily on the classical and scriptural debates as originating in both OT and NT texts). If I could use one word to describe this course, I would say: THRILLING. As a Latter Day Saint, I found the knowledge I gained in this course incredibly helpful when analyzing the popular yet controversial contemporary discussion surrounding women in the LDS church, their roles, women's experiences in church history, etc. The linguistic and hermeneutical knowledge this course provided me greatly aided in allowing me to articulate my own thoughts on these matters, which is still very much an ongoing process for me!
Winter semester doesn't leave me with much to comment on, specifically other than the fact that I was in the thick of things, academically. I took three courses: New Testament II, Old Testament II, and Christian
|Textbook used in class|