Dates of Required Residency:

  • Oct. 2–6, 2017
  • Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2017
  • Feb. 19–23, 2018

2017/2018 Academic calendar - first year:


Getting to Know the Bible - Old Testament

Lecturer: Apostolovski/Thellman
Credits: 8
Teaching Language: English or Croatian
Description:

How well do you know the Bible Jesus knew? Approximately three-quarters of the Christian biblical canon is made up of the books of the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), which was the Bible for Jesus, his disciples and the early church, and therefore the basic foundation for the books of the New Testament. Yet, for many Christians, knowledge of the OT in its own context is relatively neglected, feels overwhelming, or is difficult to understand. In this survey of the Old Testament, students will read each book in its entirety, learning how to become more competent readers by considering the historical setting, recognizing genre and literary features, and understanding the function of each book within the larger canonical and theological context as both Jewish and Christian scripture. Students will also reflect on how the OT specifically should be read and applied in today’s church and culture, and in their own lives.

Introduction to Christian Theology

Lecturer: Kovačević
Credits: 4
Teaching Language: Croatian
Description:

A description is not currently available

Introduction to Christian Thought and Worldview

Lecturer: Tešija
Credits: 4
Teaching Language: English or Croatian
Description:

A description is not currently available

General Pedagogy

Lecturer: TBD
Credits: 6
Teaching Language: Croatian-English
Description:

Whether a student, a teacher of religious education or an ordinary person, who would not benefit from an insight into an overview of what is today called Pedagogy or Educational Science? This discipline has become vast over the last decades and a complete overview is impossible. Nevertheless, this course aims at presenting pedagogical categories, scientific foundations, historical suppositions, current methods of upbringing, socialization, theories of learning, educational systems and today's challenges.

How to do Research

Lecturer: Tešija
Credits: 3
Teaching Language: Croatian
Description:

A description is not currently available

English 1

Lecturer: Seguin
Credits: 3
Teaching Language: Croatian-English
Description:

What is perhaps hindering or slowing down your understanding when you read theological publications written in English? The English 1 course covers the basic structures and vocabulary of the English language in an adult learner's context, expands academic vocabulary and develops familiarity with the important concepts and terminology used in theological writing. It aims at leading participants to a level where they can explore theological concepts. As well as reviewing structures and everyday vocabulary, participants will interact with a selection of theological topics similar to those found in traditional books on Christian doctrine.

Spiritual Formation

Lecturer: Kovačević
Credits: 2
Teaching Language: Croatian
Description:

A description is not currently available

Christian Worship

Lecturer: Thellman
Credits: 2
Teaching Language: English
Description:

What is Christian worship? Is worship only or mainly the music one sings in a church service, is it the church service itself, or is it more than that? In this introductory course, students will be introduced to worship in the Old and New Testaments, the practice of Christian worship in the early church, and current practice in various Christian traditions today. The goal of the course is to better understand the Biblical theology of worship from creation to new creation so that we may reflect God’s glory in our personal and ecclesial worship practices now with a view to the worship and enjoyment of God in his coming kingdom forever.

Beginning Biblical Greek 1

Lecturer: Thellman
Credits: 3
Teaching Language: English or Croatian
Remarks: undergraduate and graduate together
Description:

When you encounter different Biblical translations in your Bibles, what do you do? How can you better understand the language and meaning of the New Testament? Learn to read your New Testament in the language it was written in—Koine (common) Greek— the international language of the ancient mediterranean world! In this first introductory course, students will be introduced to the Greek alphabet and pronunciation, basic vocabulary, nouns and adjectives, and the present verb tense. By the end of this semester, students will be able to better use helpful New Testament dictionaries and reference works as they read scripture, and will be able translate actual Biblical texts. Open up your understanding of the New Testament by reading it in the same language the apostle Paul and other NT writers wrote in!

2017/2018 Academic calendar - fourth year:


Research, Criticism and Faith

Lecturer: Thellman, + other faculty
Credits: 10
Teaching Language: English only
Description:

In this graduate level course, students will be introduced to research methods and academic writing styles in the various theological disciplines and apply these methods in their own research projects. Students will have the opportunity to present their finished projects in seminars with other students and VETU faculty. In addition, the class will reflect on the challenges of academic research and Christian faith in church and society and develop a carefully considered perspective and approach to the integration of faith and learning.

History of Christian Doctrines

Lecturer: Kuzmić
Credits: 10
Teaching Language: Croatian or English
Description:

A description is not currently available

Islam

Lecturer: Trako
Credits: 5
Teaching Language: Croatian or English
Description:

A description is not currently available

Anthropological Views of Human Existence

Lecturer: Tešija
Credits: 5
Teaching Language: English or Croatian
Description:

A description is not currently available

Beginning Biblical Greek 1

Lecturer: Thellman
Credits: 3
Teaching Language: English or Croatian
Remarks: undergraduate and graduate together
Description:

A description is not currently available

Josephus' Jewish War (Ancient Extra-Biblical Theological Lit.)

Lecturer: Thellman
Credits: 5
Teaching Language: English only
Description:

This graduate level course introduces students to the use of extra-Biblical ancient texts for the purpose of better understanding the historical, literary and theological context of scripture. After an introduction to the various background texts for OT and NT studies and the methods of their use in comparative studies, students will engage with the Jewish War, a first-century historical account of the Roman conquest of Judah in 70 AD by the Jewish writer Josephus. Students will both discuss and interpret Josephus’ account, and understand how to make use of it for a better understanding to the historical and theological background for the New Testament.

Urban Mission

Lecturer: Kool
Credits: 5
Teaching Language: English
Description:

More and more people realize that Europe is a tough and hard mission field. This is in particular true for urban settings. Pastors in urban ministries are often overworked and lonely. This course will explore different perspectives for urban mission related to church planting and church renewal in the context of Central and Eastern Europe as well as for honest sharing to work towards cooperation and for sharing the load and to come to personal renewal for those involved in urban ministry. We will see that God is at work and alive in urban context and also what He can do through human people.

2017/2018 Course Prices:

  • non-language courses: 50 HRK/credit
  • language courses: 75 HRK/credit

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