*All students coming to Knox from out of town, please know that Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) is the nearest airport to the seminary.
*To optimize a student’s course experience and success, Knox recommends that all students register for DMin classes at least one month in advance. Students will then receive the syllabus that outlines reading requirements and course expectations. There is a substantial amount of pre-course reading and preparation for these one-week intensive courses so it is suggested that a student register as early as possible.
3 credits • October 27 – December 21
Can God be trusted in the midst of our suffering? Although the book of Job offers its own response to this question, many in our day remain deeply dissatisfied with that response. While the reasons for this dissatisfaction are many, they are often linked to the assumption that the book was written to answer the question “why do the righteous suffer?” In its confrontation and engagement with the mystery of suffering in Job’s life, the book does not provide an answer to this question, but instead encourages its readers to find rest in the wisdom of God in the midst of suffering by raising the question “where shall wisdom be found?”
This course seeks to introduce students to a ruled reading of the book of Job in light of its theological context, literary structure, and verbal profile. A critical discussion of the history of Job’s interpretation, both premodern (Gregory, Maimonides, Aquinas, Calvin) and modern (Kafka, Jung), will also form an essential part of the course. Various exegetical and historical issues raised by the book will be discussed, not merely for their own sake, but specifically with a view toward promoting a deeper understanding of the character of Job as Christian scripture. To that end, the book’s outlook on a number of theological and literary issues will be canvassed, for example, the contribution made by wisdom, providence and figuration for assessing Job’s message, as well as the literary and theological significance of conflict and reversal. Taught by Dr. Don Collett.
3 credits • October 27 – December 21
This course will provide the initial introduction to the hermeneutic of Christ and the apostles. It will show that a typological reading of the biblical text is essential to the discovery of the fullness and beauty of Christ in all the Scriptures. It will survey and develop multiple illustrations of the hermeneutical categories employed throughout both Old and New Testaments to tell the story of the sufferings and glory of Christ. Taught by Dr. Warren Gage.
3 credits • January 5 – January 9
A study of Paul’s letter to the Romans focused on its literary and canonical argument, engaging the history of interpretation, and considering its theological and pastoral implications. As we engage the text we will encounter a number of major issues in theology and ministry: the person and work of Christ, the meaning and content of God’s righteousness and grace, the definition of and distinction between law and gospel, the world as created and fallen, the relationship between faith, freedom and obedience, and a Christological reading of the Old Testament. Taught by Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh.
3 credits • January 12 – January 16
This course will uncover the core of the English Reformation by exploring the thought of one of its central figures, Thomas Cranmer. In addition the 1549 &1552 prayer books, Cranmer also edited, oversaw, and authored homilies, articles of religion, extensive theological notebooks and more. Listening to these texts, with the expert guidance of Dr. Null, students hear the voice of the early English Reformation: a consistent yet broad Protestantism, expressed in an ancient yet “reformed” liturgy (and in a common yet beautiful English). This class will explore Cranmer’s theology, see how it is articulated in the Book of Common Prayer, and begin to understand the English Reformation, not as a middle way between Rome and the Reformation, but as a Reformation shaped with ears open to both the developing Reformed and Lutheran traditions on the European Continent. Taught by Dr. Ashley Null.
3 credits • March 9 -13
Moving from theory to practice, this course teaches the student how to read hearers, how to show the relevance of the text to them, how to structure a sermon or lesson for maximum effectiveness, what style to strive for, how best to illustrate, and how to tell Scriptural stories effectively. Taught by Dr. Bryan Chapell.
3 credits • March 16-20
Work is a hot topic. From blog posts and podcasts devoted to “work-life balance” and job satisfaction to the development of work place ethics, we are obsessed with work, especially inside the church, which is preoccupied with how our professional careers connect to God and His work. As the Internet and other media technologies change the very nature and meaning of work, a recovery of the Reformation understanding of vocation can offer important insights for making our way through an increasingly complex world in which “home,” “office,” “work,” and “leisure” are undergoing radical revision.
But the Reformation understanding of vocation is not limited to work, to our jobs, our careers; it addresses how we understand our roles in the church, family, and community, encompassing all that we do and for whom we do it. This course will explore how all that we do has its origin in freedom, but not a freedom which we generate, but which we receive from God, through Christ, a freedom that is a call, to which we respond, in faith. Taught by Dr. Dan Siedell.