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Undergraduate and Postgraduate Units 

Some units require students to purchase reading materials as a requirement of participation in the unit. Listed below are texts that are required for purchasing. Please note that the titles with an asterisk are available as an eBook via the University of Divinity Library Hub. You need to be a current enrolled University of Divinity student to access the hub.

Semester 1

Interpreting the New Testament
BN1301B | BN1701B | BN8301B | BN8701B

Hayes, John H., and Carl R. Holladay. Biblical exegesis: A beginner’s handbook. 3rd edition. Atlanta: John Knox, 2007.

Johnson, Luke T. The Writings of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2010.

Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
DP1304B | DP1704B | DP8304B | DP8704B

Students are required to do a book review on ONE of the following books; it is highly recommended that students have one of these texts before class:

  • Dombkowski Hopkins, D., Michael S. Koppel, and Walter Brueggemann. Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • * Dykstra, Robert, Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005.
  • *Peterson, Bruce, Foundations of Pastoral Care. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2007.
  • Whipp, Margaret. Pastoral Theology. London: SCM Press, 2013.

Mission Foundations
DM1113B | DM1713B | DM8113B | DM8713B

*Goheen, Michael W. Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History and Issues. Downers Grove: IVP, 2014.

Reformation Theology
CT2293B | CT3293B | CT2793B | CT3793B | CT9293B | CT9793B

*McGrath, Alister E. Reformation Thought: An Introduction. Fourth edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012.

The Triune God
CT2297B | CT3297B | CT2797B | CT3797B | CT9297B | CT9797B

*Holmes, Stephen R. The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

*Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christian Understanding of the Trinity: The Historical Trajectory, Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2017.

Worship and Preaching: Essentials
DL1198B | DL1798B | DL8198B | DL8798B

Cherry, Constance M. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.

*Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Third Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

Semester 2

Children’s Ministry
DP2303B | DP3303B | DP2703B | DP3703B

*Csinos, David M., and Ivy Beckwith. Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus. Downer's Grove: InterVarsity press, 2013.

Christ and Salvation
CT2126B | CT3126B | CT2726B | CT3726B | CT9126B | CT9726B

*O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus. 2nd edition. Oxford: OUP, 2009.

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
BA1391B | BA1791B | BA8391B | BA8791B

Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: a Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (4th edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Introduction to Christian Theology
CT1301B | CT1701B

*McGrath, Alister. Theology: The Basic Readings. 3rd edition. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Handbook of Doctrine.  London: The Salvation Army, 2010.

Leadership: Task and Challenge
DP2195B | DP3195B | DP2795B | DP3795B | DP8195B | DP8795B

Jacobsen, Eric O. The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

*Kouzes, James M and Barry Z. Posner.  The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

The Gospels and Mission
BN2302B | BN3302B | BN2702B | BN3702B

*Bosch, David. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth  anniversary edition.  New York: Orbis, 2011.

* The titles with an asterisk are available as an eBook via the University of Divinity Library Hub. You need to be a current enrolled student to access the hub, except for the eBook Dykstra, Robert, Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings.

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