OT Students Present Papers on Social Justice
Students in Old Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method recently gave presentations on their final course papers. This year the papers wrestled with the Old Testament’s socially oriented laws and the process for applying those laws to current discussions of social justice.
Led by their professor, Dr. Ken Casillas, the students integrated exegetical research, theological analysis, interaction with key writers, and reflections on hermeneutics and practical application. Nate Labadorf wrote on race relations, and Jonathon Davis addressed the Mosaic Covenant’s handling of the institution of slavery. Kristian Römer explored the issue of immigration, while Sam Stephens tackled the topic of poverty relief. Various students, alumni, and faculty attended the presentations and had the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. The students demonstrated a thorough handling of the biblical data on their topics as well as a passion for discerning the application of the Old Testament to challenging contemporary questions.
Old Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method is a core course in the PhD in Theological Studies. The PhD program is BJU Seminary’s highest degree and offers in-depth preparation for teaching, preaching, and writing in a wide variety of venues. The degree is now entirely available to nonresident students through courses that involve a one-week module on campus.