Course Descriptions (Continued)

7. New Testament (3 courses)
  This course provides a general introduction to the New Testament, its social, historical and political background. The emphasis will be on the four Holy Gospels, with a comparison between the three synoptical Holy Gospels and the distinctive features in each Holy Gospel. It also presents an overview of the Holy Pauline and the Catholic Epistles and the circumstances that led to their writing.
8. Old Testament (4 courses)
  This course introduces the Old Testament, especially the historical and geographical circumstances. It covers important topics such as Manuscripts of the Holy Bible, the other Holy Canonical Books (so called Apocrypha), Biblical archaeology, Geography of the Holy Bible, History of the Jewish people, patterns of interpretation of the prophecies, etc. The course will also cover an analysis of the Holy Books from Job to Malachi.
9. Pastoral Theology (2 courses)
  This course covers issues of both ministry and pastorship in their broad sense. This study focuses on the inspiration of serving within the Ministry through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the qualities necessary in the personality of the minister, his spiritual, psychological and theological preparation. The study discusses the inter-relationship between ministers and the relationship between a minister and those being ministered to. It also shows the various scopes of ministry and pastorship, as well as demonstrating examples of ministry in the Holy Bible, the ancient Church and in contemporary history.
10. Patrology (2 courses)
  This course covers the life, writings, doctrines and thoughts of the early church Fathers. It presents the living story of the early church in all its aspects of worship, pastoral and social concepts, preaching and spirituality.
11. Ritual Theology (2 courses)
  This course covers important topics on how the Church's rituals and beliefs reflect her spiritual beauty and the sublime sacred meaning contained in each rite. This subject lights the way before those who wish to have a deeper appreciation of rituals of the church.
12. Theology of Mission (1 course)

This course deals with the role of the Church in reaching out to those from outside the Church. This course begins with an outline of the Biblical and ecclesiastical basis for outreach. The characteristics of missionary work are set out. These are presented with case studies from the missionary work of the Coptic Church in Africa and the lands of migration. This course concludes with a discussion on the approach for missionary work in the lands of migration.