Unique Opportunity for Sept 2014 Entering ThD Cohort
Thursday November 7th, 2013
DOCTORAL STUDIES AT WYCLIFFE COLLEGE: AN IMPORTANT MOMENT
Wycliffe College is pleased to announce our new doctoral program, offered through the Toronto School of Theology, leading to a conjoint Ph.D with the University of Toronto (pending final provincial approval). This program both takes the places of and carries on the previous conjoint ThD program and its high quality preparation and scholarship. The new PhD streamlines and focuses some of the best aspects of our doctoral preparation. In particular, it will regularize Wycliffe's own commitment to and scholarly strength in Bible and Theology and in their interaction in reflection and research, allowing for greater concentration in mentoring and research.
For the 2014-15, we are inviting applications for the final doctoral class of our conjoint ThD program. This is the final year that admissions are not automatically capped, and so offers a unique opportunity, and in several ways. For instance, all students admitted into the ThD at this time will have the option of transferring into the new conjoint PhD by enrolling in TST's "Conjoint PhD Bridge Program". The "Bridge Program" will offer students the same program features and structure as the Conjoint PhD, when it begins in 2015. 2014, therefore, will represent the "new program", but potentially option to a wider range of applicants.
Application for the ThD can be made by submitting the online form and sending all of the supporting material to the Advanced Degree Office. The deadline for applications for first round consideration is Thursday, January 9, 2014. If you have questions about the conjoint PhD, please contact Dr. Alan Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Jaroslav Skira at email@example.com. If you have any questions about the Advanced Degree admissions process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions please contact Clair Webb in Admissions (email@example.com or 416-946-3547). We would be happy to organise for you to visit the college, sit in on a class and talk to students and faculty.
Doctoral Studies at Wycliffe College
The doctoral program takes place within the framework of the Toronto School of Theology's participating colleges, and the wider University of Toronto. Admitted students concentrate their studies through work with specific professors, located at each college, and therefore participate in the resources of that college in a more focused way.
Wycliffe has a rich and intense academic culture. Our areas of strength lies in the intersection of Scripture and Theology, and take in the specific concentrations of the following topics: history of interpretation and hermeneutics, individual topics in Old and New Testament, ecclesiology and ecumenism, the rise of modernity and missiology, Anglicanism, Barth, and several related interests. Our faculty are preeminent in their academic fields, and their individual interests are listed below.
There are opportunities for discussion between areas of study, as evidenced for instance, by our distinguished Scripture and Theology Colloquium. The engagement with excellent scholars from other theological traditions at the Toronto School of Theology and from a wide variety of fields at the University of Toronto make Wycliffe a rare and privileged academic environment.
Finally, the community of Wycliffe offers regular worship, many occasions for deepening and strengthening Christian faith, service and vision, and a variety of opportunities for common life among students and faculty. The Wycliffe Advanced Degree Student Association is an active group that gathers students for professional development and social interactions.
Education B.Sc. (University of Toronto); M.Rel. (Wycliffe College, with two years at Regent College); Th.M. (Wycliffe College and University of Toronto); Th.D. (Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto)
Scholarly Interests Broadly speaking, my research interests have centred on the process by which the Christian movement developed - within a century or so - from its beginnings as a messianic renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment into a largely Gentile religion, separate from the synagogue. More specific areas of interest include: Matthew; Paul; Second Temple Judaism and its literature, with special attention to aspects of Jewish "universalism" (proselytes, "godfearers," etc.); the Gentile mission and the development of Gentile Christianity; anti-Judaism and the New Testament. My current research has to dow ith ethnicity and identity formation within "Gentile Christianity" to the end of the second century.
Advanced Degree Courses Recently Taught
Readings in Jewish Literature; Early Christian Self-definition and the Separation from the Synagogue; Paul and His Interpreters.
Select Publications Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations (London: SPCK; Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010); Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE) (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007); Paul and the Gentiles: Remapping the Apostle's Convictional World (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997); Jesus on the Mountain: A Study in Matthean Theology (JSNTSuppl. 8; Sheffield: JSOT Press 1985)
Recent Dissertations Supervised
"Innocent Blood Traditions in Early Judaism and the Death of Jesus in Matthew" (Catherine Sider Hamilton); "John, Elijah or One of the Prophets: How the Markan Reader Understands Jesus through John/Elijah" (Stephen Black); "Founding Pauline Small Groups: An Examination of Material in the Pauline Letters Using a Small Group Founding Model" (Murray Baker).
Scholarly Interests My general interests are the social and institutional history of Canadian Christianity, global Anglicanism, and the history and methods of Christian historiography. My focal interests are Canadian Anglicanism and early Christian historiography. More recently I've been drawn to post-colonial interpretations of the history of Canada's First Nations, particularly in relation to both the repressive and inculturative forces of Christian encounter.
Advanced Degree Courses recently taught Christian historiography
Select Publications Anglicans in Canada: Controversy and Identity in Historical Perspective; An Ecclesiastical Proletariat: Canadian Anglican Women Trained as Church Workers, 1893-1969; Church and Society in Documents 100-600 A.D; By Grace Co-Workers: Building the Anglican Diocese of Toronto 1780-1989
Recent dissertations supervised "Mobilizing Historiography: The English High Church Historians, 1888-1906" (Nathan Wolfe); "Eschatology and the Political Orientation of Eusebius and his continuators" (Drew Maxwell); "Bede and the Theo-Social Archetypes of Ethnicity" (Andrew Adkins)
Education B.A. Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, 1976; M.Div., Queen's Theological College, Kingston, Ontario, 1980 (with the first year spent at Princeton Theological Seminary); Th.D., Wycliffe College/University of Toronto, 1990 ("The Purpose of Romans" with Dr. R. N. Longenecker)
Scholarly Interests I am currently working under contract with Baker Academic on a book on Paul's ethics. I am approaching Paul's ethics from the perspective of what he says about time, and how that affects the apostle's ethical directives and the warrants for them.
Advanced Degree courses recently taught Courses on Paul and on Paul's ethics at the doctoral level.
Select Publications The Purpose of Romans: A Comparative Letter Structure Investigation. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991; Galatians. NIBC 9. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999; reprinted with Baker Books, 2011; At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the Earliest Christian Message. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
Recent Dissertations Supervised "Paul on Marriage and Singleness: Reading 1 Corinthians 7 with the Augustan Marriage Laws"; "Good Grief: Paul as a Sufferer and Consoler in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. A Comparative Investigation"
Education AB, Princeton University 1979; MDiv Yale Divinty School 1984; PhD, Yale Department of Religious Studies 1994.
Scholarly Interests I am interested in questions pertaining to the Christian life, especially the ways in which Scripture and sacrament constitute the Church's existence across time. Theological interpretation of Scripture is an important secondary field. I am working on a book that explores ecclesiological questions through the gospel of John.
Advanced Degree courses recently taught The Church Evangelical and Catholic; Two Swiss Radicals: Karl Barth and Hans Urs von balthasar; The Last Enemy: Death and the Christian Hope; Bread, Wine, and Water: Baptism and Eucharist as Sacraments of the Gospel; Sacrifice, Atonement, and Priesthood.
Select Publications Karl Barth on the Christian Life (Peter Lang 2001); Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness (Westminster/John Knox 2004); Revelation (Brazos 2010)
Recent disserations supervised “Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism: An Assessment of Its Plausibility as Exegesis”; “Christ, Church, and World in the Ecclesiologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas”; “By One Spirit into One Body: Toward an Anabaptist Theology of Sacraments and Ecclesial Mediation.”
Education BA, 1978, Classics and Art History, Dartmouth College; M.Div., 1981, Yale University, USA; Ph.D, Theology, 1994, Yale University ("The Miracles of S. Médard", George Lindbeck)
Scholarly Interests Ecclesiology, Christian thought and early modernity, pneumatology, Scriptural hermeneutics, creation and creaturehood, Anglican thought
Advanced Degree courses recently taught Ferment in Pneumatology; A History of Early Modern Christian Thought; The Oneness of the Church; Time and the Word; Method in Scripture and Theology; Christian Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Select Publications Time and the Word: The Hermeneutics of Scriptural Figuration (in preparation); A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Church (Baylor University Press, 2012); The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology (2010, Cascade/Wipf & Stock); Theological Commentary on the Book of Leviticus (2008, Brazos Press); The Fate of Communion: The Agony of Anglicanism and the Future of a Global Church (with Philip Turner, 2006, Wm. B. Eerdmans); Hope Among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture (2004, Brazos Press); Spirit and Nature: The Saint-Médard Miracles in the 18th-Century Jansenism (2002, Crossroads/Herder and Herder); The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West (Eerdmans, 1999)
Recent disserations supervised "Ecclesiology of charisms"; "Scripture and theology in 19th-century Anglican interpretation of Isaiah"; "Mansel's theology of Scripture"; "Theology of history of among the 18th-century Hutchisonians"; "The locus of political in Cavanaugh and O'Donovan"
Yale University, S.T.M. 1981; M.A. 1982; M.Phil 1983; Ph.D 1986; Virginia Theological Seminary, M.T.S., 1979; The University of Munich, 1979-80; The University of North Carolina, A.B (cum laude), 1976
Scholarly Interests My primary research areas are Minor Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, History of Interpretation, Colossians, Canon (OT and NT), and Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics
Advanced Degree Courses recently taught The Book of Exodus and Pentateuchal Criticism; Psalms in the History of Interpretation Minor Prophets in the History of Interpretation; Zechariah and the Book of the Twelve; The Book of the Twelve: Prophecy and Hermeneutics (Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Habakkuk); Ecclesiastes and Wisdom; Hebrew Exegesis of Isaiah 40 - 55 and 56-66
Select Publications Reading and Preaching the Book of Isaiah, ed. (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988 Theology in Conflict: Reactions to the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1989); Zion's Final Destiny The Development of the Book of Isaiah (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1991); Isaiah 1–39: Interpretation Commentary Series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1993; Japanese trans. 1996; 2nd ed., 2003); Word Without End: The Old Testament as Abiding Theological Witness (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishers, 1998); Figured Out: Typology and Providence in Christian Scripture(Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001); Isaiah 40–66: The New Interpreter's Bible (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001); Prophecy and Hermeneutics: Toward a New Introduction to the Prophets (Studies in Theological Interpretation; Baker Academic, 2007); The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation (Baker Academic, 2009); The Character of Christian Scripture: The Significance of a Two Testament Bible(Studies in Theological Interpretation; Baker Academic, 2011);The Bible as Christian Scripture: The Work of Brevard S. Childs (Atlanta: SBL, 2013) Colossians: The Brazos Theological Commentary Series(Grand Rapids: Brazos, in press; scheduled for May 2014 publication); Joel: The International Theological Commentary Series (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, in preparation)
Recent dissertations supervised
"Prophetic Intentionality and the Book of the Twelve: A Study in the Hermeneutics of Prophecy"; Paul and Isaiah's Servants: Paul's Theological Readings of Isaiah 40 - 66 in 2 Corinthians 5:14 - 6:10"; "The Faithful Synagogue" in Luther's Psalms Commentary; "Edom in the Book of the XII"
Education B.A., M.A. (Univeresity of Toronto); M.Div (Knox College, University of Toronto), S.T.M. (Yale Divinity School), Ph.D. (Yale)
My primary interests center on the history of the interpretation of the Bible. My doctoral thesis on the history of Old Testament studies at Princeton Seminary from 1812 - 1929 was supervised by Brevard Childs. More recently, my research has centered on the history of the interpretation of particular biblical figures, books, and themes and on recovering popular or forgotten interpreters throughout history, especially women interpreters of the Bible.
Advanced Degree Courses recently taught
Reading Scripture Through the Ages; Women Interpreters of Scripture; History of the Study of Old Testament.
Marion Ann Taylor, ed. Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide. Grand Rapids: Baker 2012; Christiana DeGroot and Marion Ann Taylor, eds. Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters of the Bible. SBL Symposium Series Volume 38, ed. Christopher Matthews. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007; Marion Ann taylor and Heather E. Weir, Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006; Marion Ann Taylor, The Old Testament in The Old Princeton School. Distinguished Disseration Series. San Francisco: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.
Recent disseration supervised "Plundering the Egyptians: The Study of the Old Testament at Westminster Theological College, 1929 - Present,"; "Reading Between the Lines: An Examination of the Intersubjective Character of Interpretation of the Hagar-Sarah Story"; "The God of Compassion at Mount Sinai - A Literary and Theological Interpretation of the Sinai Pericope in Exodus 19:1 - 24:1".
Associate Faculty for the Doctoral Program
Dr. George Sumner has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Yale University with an emphasis on missiology. He has taught courses in that subject as well as the history of mission. More recently he has offered doctoral seminars on the theology of Pannenberg and harmartiology. He has written on the relation of Christianity to other religions, the theology of ordination, and most recently a theological interpretation of the Book of Daniel. Dr. Sumner is currently the Principal of Wycliffe College.
Prof. Taylor has a doctorate in Old Testament Studies from Yale University. He is currently Wycliffe's Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Proclamation, as well as being cross-appointed to the Centre of Study of Religion and in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching include ancient northwest Semitic languages (especially Hebrew and Ugaritic), Genesis, Psalms and Hosea, the worship of pagan gods in ancent Israel. Currently his research interests focus on biblical inspiration and the Christology of the Hebrew Psalter.
Please note that the conjoint PhD program has not yet been approved by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance or the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities of the Province of Ontario. No offer of admission will be made to the new conjoint PhD program that begins in 2015, pending final approval by the Quality Council and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. Approval by the Association of Theological Schools is also required.