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Theology - Specialisation in Bible & Spirituality

Bible and Spirituality)
As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that reflects the dynamic experiences of ancient Israel and of the early Christian Church, and which continues to nourish and make sense of people's lives. This Masters has a two-fold focus: it explores both spiritualities within the Bible and spirituality shaped by engagement with the Bible. The programme approaches biblical spirituality from the perspectives of liturgy, history and biblical studies, understands spirituality incarnationally as communal and personal expressions of lived faith, and includes a strong practical dimension.

Introduction
As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that reflects the dynamic experiences of ancient Israel and of the early Christian Church, and which continues to nourish and make sense of people's lives. This Masters has a two-fold focus: it explores both spiritualities within the Bible and spirituality shaped by engagement with the Bible. The programme approaches biblical spirituality from the perspectives of liturgy, history and biblical studies, understands spirituality incarnationally as communal and personal expressions of lived faith, and includes a strong practical dimension.

Description
Programme Learning Outcomes
• Upon successful completion of the MTh in Biblical Spirituality, students should be able to:
• Analyse the spiritualities inherent in Old and New Testament texts.
• Interpret biblical texts with a sensitivity to their literary conventions.
• Explore biblical aspects of various Christian spiritual traditions (e.g., Benedictine, Franciscan, Ignatian), and the way woman mystics in particular (e.g., Birgitta, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Jesus, Thérèse of Lisieux) have read Scripture.
• Trace the ecclesial and sacramental manifestations of biblical spirituality at various times in the history of the Church.
• Engage with Scripture in potentially transformative ways.
• Describe current trends in the academic study of spirituality.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
• The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint honours component.

• Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology.

• An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

• The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard.

• Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.

Duration

2 years, part-time
Classes will be held on Wednesdays.

Careers or further progression

Possible career routes include:
• Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME))
• Journalism.
• Parish Pastoral work, Retreat work, Parish catechesis
• Public/Private Sectors
• School/ Hospital Chaplaincy (For professional qualifications in chaplaincy additional courses are also a requirement).

Further enquiries

St. Patrick's College
Maynooth
Co. Kildare
W23 TW77
+353 (0)1 708 3600
admissions@spcm.ie

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The course runs over a two-year cycle and consists of six taught modules delivered over four semesters, three modules per year; and a minor dissertation of 15,000 words to be submitted in year 2.

Cycle A 2019-2020
Semester 1
PG658: (Online + one week on campus in January 2020)
PG 658: Pathways in Biblical Spiritualities
PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century

Semester 2
One of the following.

[** PG 486 is offered on Thursday mornings 9:30am to 12:30pm] Candidates may, in consultation with the Course Director and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, opt for a different module that is being offered e.g., in Pastoral Liturgy.

PG 496: The David Story: Narrative Approaches
PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed

Cycle B 2020-2021
2020-2021 Modules TBC

Application date

Application Deadline: 12th June 2020
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

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