WHAT’S ON OFFER

From prophetic literature to pastoral care, here is a full list of all the subjects on offer at Ming Hua for the BTh and MTh programmes in the new semester starting on September 7.

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

Introduction to Biblical Languages (THL100)

For students who aspire to read the Bible in the languages in which it was written, this subject offers an introduction to Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. Students will learn the alphabets of both languages, as well as their basic grammatical features and elementary vocabulary. They will also look at some of the cultural dimensions of the biblical texts that are preserved in the ancient languages, and consider the impact these have on how the texts should be interpreted.

Lecturer: Revd Dr Jim West

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9:15pm through Global Classroom

Introduction to New Testament Studies (THL106)

This interesting subject provides an overview of the various writings that make up the New Testament, ranging from the four Gospels to the apocalyptic literature. Students will look at the historical context of the books of the New Testament, as well as their literary and theological features. They will also be introduced to the basic critical skills used in New Testament interpretation, including exegetical skills, and consider the history of New Testament studies and the different critical approaches to New Testament texts.

Lecturer: Dr Stephen Lim

Day & Time: Thursdays, 7pm – 9:15pm

The Synoptic Gospels (THL208)

The three Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, all tell the story of Jesus’ life but in their own distinct ways. While they include many of the same stories, and at times use identical wording, they also contain notable differences. Students taking this subject will explore these differences in depth, looking at the historical, literary, cultural and religious contexts in which they were written. They will also assess these Gospels as a source for understanding Jesus and explore the puzzle of how they relate to each other.

Lecturer: Revd Dr Eric Lau

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9:15pm through Global Classroom

The Prophetic Literature (THL308)

The prophetic literature was written thousands of years ago, but it still resonates today. This subject explores the major theological and ethical themes of the prophetic literature in the Old Testament. Students will examine the writings’ historical, social, political and religious contexts, and look at how these contexts influence their interpretation. They will also explore what relevance these writings have for Christians today. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their exegetical and interpretive skills when exploring the texts.

Lecturer: Revd Canon Dr Eric Chong

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 10am – 12:15pm

Being the Church (THL113)

The Church has a central place in Christian faith as the people of God are called out for life, ministry and mission. This subject explores the theological and scriptural basis for ‘being the Church’ and its implications for Christian living in the contemporary world. Topics explored include the traditional ‘marks’ of the Church, its unity and diversity in the ecumenical context, and contemporary critiques of church life and practice. A central focus throughout will be the perennial challenge for Christians in all times and all places to ‘be the church’ and what that means in a complex world.

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Jones

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9:15pm

Jesus the Christ (THL215)

There is one key question in the New Testament, and almost nothing else matters: “Who do you say that I am?” Christ asks Peter… and for 2000 years we have all been trying to answer. The teachings of Christianity try to express why and how the eternal God was (and is) present in Jesus of Nazareth, and they consider the key moments of the Gospel stories about Jesus as both historical events in the life of Christ, and Christian witnesses and testimonies to what people believed about this God-Man. ‘Jesus the Christ’ brings us face-to-face with the central figure of this religion and compels us to ask the deepest questions about his life, his identity, and his presence in today’s world.

Lecturer: Prof Gareth Jones

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9:15pm

The Triune God (THL316)

The Trinity is one of the most complex, yet central, doctrines of the Christian faith. This subject explores the development of the Christian understanding of God as ‘three persons in one God’, looking at the biblical origins of the doctrine, as well as key historical and theological developments in the first five centuries following Jesus’ death. It will also explore how the doctrine has been rejuvenated in recent decades and the implications this revival has for theology, ecclesiology, worship and interfaith dialogue.

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Jones

Day & Time: Thursdays, 2pm – 4:15pm

Religion in Chinese Culture (THL257)

Students studying this subject will be given a fascinating insight into religious life in Greater China, as well as the Chinese diaspora in Asia and beyond, looking at the interaction of religion with society and culture in both historical and contemporary situations. The subject focuses on Daoism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion and Confucianism, giving students an insight into the key issues in interpreting the relationship between traditional Chinese religion and Christianity, as well as looking at Islam and various minority traditions in China.

Lecturer: Dr Rowena Chen

Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm – 9:15pm

History of Christianity in China (THL346)

This thought-provoking subject will take a scholarly look at the contextualisation of Christianity in China. It will explore historical and theological definitions of contextualisation, indigenisation and enculturation, and look at how these are reflected in Christian texts, music, art and literature in China. Students will also have the opportunity to look at three key 20th century figures who played an important role in Christianity in China, namely the theologian T. C. Chao, the activist Christian leader Y. T. Wu, and the church leader Bishop K. H. Ting.

Lecturer: Revd Prof Philip Wickeri and Dr Rowena Chen

Day & Time: Wednesday, 2pm to 4.15pm

Pastoral Care (THL228)

This practical subject aims to prepare students for pastoral ministry in both the church and community contexts. Students will learn the key skills needed by people working in pastoral care, such as listening, connecting with people, communicating understanding and drawing out a person’s story. They will also consider practical issues, including professional boundaries, making referrals, and thinking theologically and reflectively about their work. The subject will cover common pastoral care situations and case studies, such as suffering, grief and loss, anxiety and crises.

Lecturer: Revd Lysta Leung

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2pm – 4:15pm

Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics (THL238)

Mission, evangelism and apologetics do not happen in a vacuum but in a context. Although Hong Kong is currently going through challenging times, these circumstances create an opportunity to explore our identity as Anglicans with a strong history of being a church in China. This fascinating subject will consider mission and apologetics in the context of Hong Kong, as well as exploring the role of evangelism in growing a church and why being a Christian is still meaningful today.

Lecturer: Revd Prof John Kater

Day & Time: Thursdays, 2pm – 4:15pm

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

Contemporary Theology in a Global Context (THL512)

All theology is contextual, in that it reflects the locations, situations and questions that surround the theologian. This subject is an exciting journey through some of these fascinating twists and turns, which will include exploring the relationship between theology and culture, the emergence of eco-theology in response to the environmental crisis, the contribution of feminist theology, and the emergence of distinct Asian theologies that see God in diverse and yet interconnecting ways. Students will explore their own encounter with God in their own context and the challenges, questions, and potentialities it raises.

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Jones

Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm – 9:15pm

Studies in Liturgy and Worship (THL518)

This interesting subject looks at contemporary scholarship on the relationship between worship and theology. Students will develop an appreciation of worship as a primary theology, and gain an in-depth understanding of the range of liturgical sources available, including prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music and performance, art and architecture, as well as understanding the place of culture in worship. They will also analyse the content, influence and contribution worship makes to theology.

Lecturer: Revd Dr Chun-wai Lam

Day & Time: Thursdays, 7pm – 9:15pm

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