Approaches to Old Testament Theology

31 July – 4 August 2017

8.30am-3pm daily

1 Cross Street, Toowong

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Ted Woods: Approaches to Old Testament Theology – MA Intensive

This intensive can be undertaken as part of the MA in Theology or Ministry and is recommended to prospective MA students who desire to add a further important theological dimension to the area of Biblical Studies. The unit is also relevant for anyone (pastors, laypeople, and students of the Bible) who is serious about the field of Biblical Theology as this relates to understanding the Old Testament and its place within the Christian’s Bible today.

In this MA unit students will gain a richer understanding of Old Testament Theology as they are taught the following:

  • Issues around the historical and social contexts that led to the writing and formulation of contemporary Old Testament Theology
  • The unity and diversity in OT Theology
  • Obstacles in creating OT Theology
  • The relationship between OT Theology and Biblical Theology
  • Key OT Theologies
  • Themes in OT Theology.

About the lecturer

Dr Ted Woods

Dr Ted Woods

Ted Woods was on faculty at Melbourne School of Theology for 23 years and continues to teach Old Testament at the college as a sessional lecturer part-time. He has written a commentary on Deuteronomy published in the Tyndale series in 2011 which replaced the one completed by John Thompson in 1974.

Originally trained for Baptist ministry at Morling College, Ted was ordained in 1971. His passion for life-long learning was realised as he pursued post-graduate studies at Bristol Bible College and University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology. He then completed a Master of Arts in Theology at Regents Park College Oxford, and was later awarded his Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (in Biblical Studies) at the University of South Africa.

Ted was involved in Baptist Church ministry since the early 70s and taught Old Testament Introduction at Saint Marks Anglican College of Ministry in Canberra from the mid to late 70s. He and his family lived in Zambia for eight years where Ted was engaged in preaching, guest speaking at conferences and teaching at the Fiwale Hill Bible College, and also lecturing at the Theological College of Central Africa in Ndola where he saw the first group of students graduate from their four-year Bachelor of Theology program–the first of its kind in central Africa. After returning to Australia in 1988, Ted began teaching at Melbourne School of Theology. Ted also served as moderator in Old Testament Studies for the Australian College of Theology for fifteen years while he was a lecturer at MST.

Ted has returned to church ministry where he currently serves part-time at the Upwey Baptist Community Church in Melbourne. He has been married for 36 years and considers it a privilege to preach and teach the unsearchable riches of God’s word to God’s people in different contexts.