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Theology - Specialisation in Biblical Spirituality

This Masters programme is founded upon the experience that the most fruitful approach to the Bible begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text.

As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that nourishes and makes sense of people's lives. This Masters reads the Bible in this perspective, and out of conviction that the most fruitful reading begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text - the approach of the New Testament writers, the Church Fathers, the medieval theologians, the Reformers, and of the mystical tradition. It also offers the knowledge and skills for an engagement with the Bible that unlocks its literary and theological depth, as well as its challenge and spiritual power. The study of the Scriptures is the soul of theology (see Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum 24)

The Masters in The Bible as Scripture is therefore founded on the phenomenon that is the Bible - a corpus of sacred texts, and privileges literary-narrative and theological approaches. The programme will enable candidates to acquire

•the ability to negotiate biblical texts as literary and linguistic entities

•a hermeneutical and Christological framework that permits the theological import of the Bible to emerge

•an awareness of the potential and power of the Scriptures—their challenge, call, and 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
Lectures: Wednesdays

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. Classes will be held on Wednesdays. In addition to the following programme of study, which is to be agreed with the Course Director, candidates must successfully complete the Postgraduate Induction Week.

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

Semester 1:
•PG 302 History of Christian Thought (core module)
•PG 489 Literary and Theological Readings of the Book of Job

In consultation with the Course Director, PG 489 may be replaced by the blended learning module, PG 495 Exploring Biblical Narratives, which has an online component through the semester

Semester 2:

One of the following:

•PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed
•PG 481 Liberation and Law: Approaches to the book of Exodus
•PG 518 The Gospel Parables: Narrative and Theology

Minor Dissertation (15,000 words) The dissertation is to be written under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology, and submitted by candidates in their second year

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. Classes will be held on Wednesdays.

Application date

Application Deadline: 14th June 2019

Late applications considered on a case by case basis

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2019

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