Peace and Justice Studies - Biblical Perspectives


Course Objective

The student is able to interpet biblical core texts about peace and
The student is able to situate these texts within their historical and
literary context.
The student is able to formulate the biblical theological concept of
peace and justice in his/her own words and to explain their relevance
voor contemporary theology and ethics.
The student is able to connect thes concepts with current social and
political themes and conflicts.

Course Content

During the modul we are analyzing and discussing texts which are crucial
for the biblical concept of justice and peace: the Sermon on the Mount,
vision of peace and social critics in the prophets of the Old Testament,
selected texts over justice and peace from Psalms and Thora.
The following questions will be discussed and answered:
– What is the deeper meaning of 'justice' and 'peace' in biblical
perspective (Old and New Testament)?
– How are these theological concepts connected?
– What is the relevance of these concepts within Biblical Theology?
– What is the significance of the biblical concept 'justice' for the
relationships of humans with humans and God with humans?
– How to understand the relationship of divine justic and human justice
in biblical texts?
– Which contemporary theological or ethical concepts answer to the
biblical perspective on peace and justice?

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars

Method of Assessment


Entry Requirements

Exegesis and Introduction to the Old and the New Testament had to be
accomplished (courses bachelor theology or comparable courses in
Biblical Studies).
If the student wants to follow this course and does not have this
foreknowledge, he or she has to ask voor an appointment with the docent.
She wil decide whether the foreknowledge of the student is sufficient to
follow the course with success.


Willard M. Swartley, The Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New
Testamnen Theology and Ethics, Eerdmans 2006
Ulrich Luz, The Theology of the Gospel of Matthew, University Press
Cambridge 1995
Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld, Jesus and the subversion of violence, London
Walter Wink, The Powers that Be, New York 1998
Verder literatuur zal in de studiegids bekend gegeven worden.

Additional Information

It is obligate to follow seminars and lectures in class.
If there is a small number os students the course will be given as
The language will be English if students want to participate who do not
know Dutch. Otherwise the language will be Dutch.

General Information

Course Code G_DSPJBP
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator dr. C.R.B. Grube-Karrer
Examiner dr. C.R.B. Grube-Karrer
Teaching Staff dr. C.R.B. Grube-Karrer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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