Theology in Israel and Palestinian Territories
22 students from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology — led by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program — are participating in a Palestine-Israel immersion course from Dec. 29 through Jan. 13, 2014. Their itinerary includes lectures and interaction with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and scholars, and travel throughout the region, including to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, the Sea of Galilee, and more.
Follow Dr. Hunt on the Perkins Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/25844609000/ and the blog of Perkins student Scott Gilliland at http://scottandraegan.blogspot.co.il/
The Perkins Global Theological Education Program helps prepare students, pastors, and other Christian leaders to guide congregations into more culturally sensitive, competent, and effective mission both within and outside the United States. The program offers significant hands-on immersion experiences, grass-roots inter-religious dialogue, and exposure to cross-cultural ministries. Learn more at smu.edu/perkins.
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Jewish teaching and learning
An update from Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program:
First day of 2014 here in Jerusalem. A regular working day. What New Year celebrations they have come from Russian immigrants whose old Soviet home ramped up New Year celebrations to shut down Christmas. Now stripped of the paeans to Soviet socialism, I hear it’s pretty much down to vodka and fireworks.
We’ve been learning about God in the Jewish tradition, but a good deal more as well about the methodology of Jewish teaching and learning. First – start with the text. Second – discuss it vigorously and never dismiss a minority opinion or what appears to be an off-the-wall reading. Why? A note from Donneil Hartman, “Teaching should not be the assertion of authority, but it should be an act of disempowering the self and placing what one teaches entirely in the hands of the students’ act of choosing what they hear and how they interpret it.”
The cemetery above the Kidron Valley.
Perkins students in Havruta (study) groups.
The Western Wall from above.
From Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives.