STM courses are designed for students enrolled in advanced level degree programs (STM, ThM, DMin, or PhD). Students enrolled in first-level masters degree programs may register for STM courses with the permission of the instructor. Pastors may audit STM courses with the permission of the instructor.
To register as a student or as an auditor, please use the Registration form or the Auditor form found on the Registrar's page. Registration forms are generally available late March (for summer and fall terms) and late October (for Jan and spring terms).
STM courses are scheduled to be offered as follows (updated May 2014):
SUMMER TERM 2014
6.112 The Gospel of Mark
Neglected through much of Church history, the Gospel of Mark is now recognized as a true work of literature that functions narratively to proclaim the "good news of Jesus, God's Son." While attending to its narrative features, this course will be attuned to how this Gospel is experienced by a variety of readers/hearers in various social locations, in order that students in the class may both appreciate the subtle power of this gospel and themselves become more effective proclaimers of this good news.
Mark Vitalis Hoffman
FALL TERM 2014
6.114 Prophets Seminar: Isaiah
In many respects Isaiah is the grandest of all the prophetic books. Its compositional history spans the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian periods, and the complex theological outlook of the book is integrally related to this compositional history. At the heart of the book is ‘the Holy One of Israel’ whose word continues to address both Jew and Christian with the promise that it shall not return empty. This seminar seeks to aid students in developing greater sophistication in exegetical method.
6.218 Luther and the Jews
Online/residential hybrid course
This course develops the claim that Protestant Christians, and most especially Lutherans, have an ethical obligation to come to terms with the writings of Martin Luther on ‘the Jews and Judaism’. Reading Luther with an eye toward ‘the Jewish question’ makes clear that, far from being tangential, the Jews are rather a central component of his thought, and that this was the case throughout his career, not just at the end. By probing the logic of Luther’s anti-Jewish arguments, the course seeks to ascertain how Luther’s attitudes towards the Jews shaped his interpretation of Scripture and his theology in general, as well as what problems this poses for modern readers. The course also gives attention to how Luther was different from and similar to his contemporaries and predecessors in this regard. [On-campus meetings will take place: Friday, Sept 19; Monday, Oct 27; Tuesday, Oct 28; Wednesday, Oct 29; Friday, Dec 5; the remainder of the course is delivered in on-line format].
Brooks Schramm/Kirsi Stjerna
JANUARY TERM 2015
6.104 Biblical Facts and Artifacts
A seminar to explore archaeological material from the ancient Near East as a means of informing the interpretation of biblical texts for preaching and teaching. Students will study and report on excavated artifacts and relevant biblical material.
SPRING TERM 2015
This course uses the traditional theological locus of ecclesiology to explore what it means to be church in the 21st century world. We will explore traditional theological marks of the church by examining how they function both in the current ecumenical context of the United States, as well as the broader global Christian context.
Maria Erling/Kristin Johnston Largen
6.316 Environmental Ethics and Faith ONLINE
From chemical spills to atmospheric carbon overload, environmental problems are common concerns in global society. How shall people of faith respond to the theological, pastoral and social justice challenges posed by environmental problems? This course will read and analyze a recent monumental statement of religious environmental ethics by Lutheran ethicist Larry Rasmussen, Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key; study the precedent-setting work of Lutheran theologian Joseph Sittler in ecological theology and ethics; and relate classical Reformation and Christian theological themes to current resources on ecology and religion, so that participants may hone their theological stance for preaching, teaching and pastoral ministry in an environmentally troubled world.
The course will be fully online. Presentations by the professor and other digital resources will be available for viewing online. Participants will share responses to assigned readings, presentations, digital resources and the views of others in the class by making posts on discussion boards in a course web page. The class will follow a week-by-week schedule, with themes, readings and digital resources assigned to each week. Within each week, students may work a-synchronously, completing their reading, viewing and discussion board postings at times of their choosing. An academic research paper or other project is also required.
SUMMER TERM 2015
6.113 The Gospel of John
An insightful New Testament scholar once described John as the “maverick gospel” because it was so different from the synoptic gospels in so many ways. While this course will note some of the components that make John distinctive, the heart of this class will involve following the theological plot of John from its poetic prologue to its summative postlude. Intentional attention will be paid to the ways John’s gospel intended to engage and critique the late first century imperial world as well as the ways John still engages and critiques our twenty-first world and at the same time seeks to empower our call to discipleship. Finally in appreciation of John’s delight in polyvalence, we will consider daily cinematic presentations of themes related to John.