Isaiah: Biblical and Missional Readings


Block Course

20 – 22 April & 7-9 September 2020

In complex and turbulent times God’s people have always turned to the scriptures for help in making sense of what God is doing in human history (God’s mission) and what is expected of those faithful to God (the mission of God’s people).

This course will focus the question of interpretation through the biblical book of Isaiah. Isaiah is an example of interpretation of earlier scriptures and is itself extensively reinterpreted in the New Testament. Isaiah invites and enables readers to interpret its meaning in various contexts, ancient and modern, helping make sense of God and the world around.

Utilising the latest scholarship we will examine selected examples of explicit citations of scripture and more allusive, implicit references; seeking to understand what techniques and convictions were guiding their interpretation and re-use of scripture. Using insights gained from the NT’s use of Isaiah (particularly Mark and Luke), students will work towards readings of Isaiah and its legacy for integration into their own contexts of mission and ministry.

Dates & Costs

20 – 22 April & 7 – 9 September 2020

Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Road, Penrose

$320.00 Audit | $1879.00 for credit of full course

Full attendance is compulsory. 

This course is taught as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology and the  Master of Applied Theology degree at Carey Graduate School

Your Lecturers

Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan has two hats that relate to this course. First, as a major Bible geek he is just finishing a PhD on the Gospel of Mark’s use of the Old Testament at Otago University. He has also completed a research masters in 1 Corinthians and published and presented his research in various places, including Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters (Eisenbraums) and the British New Testament Society (2018). 

Second, Jonathan is a pastor and preacher with 20+ years experience. He has pastored in churches in both UK and NZ contexts, in urban, suburban and small town settings. He begins as pastor of Musselburgh Baptist Church, Dunedin, in Jan 2020. He is passionate about the local church and seeing all God’s people equipped and encouraged in faith and ministry.

Originally from the UK, Jonathan has been in NZ since 2006. He has had an ongoing association with Carey as student, faculty (field education), student supervisor (while pastor at Blockhouse Bay), course marker, and now adjunct lecturer. Jonathan is married to Rachel and there are another four small people who live in their house and eat all the food.

Emma Stokes

Emma is a PhD candidate at Otago University. She is exploring the characterisation of Samaritans in the Lukan travel narrative and the implications this has for the Gospel’s formative intent. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College in 2017 and in the following year undertook further research at Otago University.

She began her professional life as an analyst for a public policy consulting firm before moving into ministry, initially at World Vision. Emma spent six years as the Youth Director for Global Connections in Mission where she developed and then led Headspace (a missional gap year program for school leavers). Since 2012 she has served on the GC3 Board, as an adjunct lecturer at Pathways Bible College and alongside her husband Mark in a volunteer role as a partnership facilitator for Bright Hope World in S.E. Asia.

She and Mark live in the Bay of Plenty with their two children.

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