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Kalimah Theology Program (Arabic)

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Description

The curriculum of the Kalima program for theological education contains 12 courses divided into 6 semesters, with 2 courses in each semester. These courses cover the main fields in Orthodox Theology (Holy Scripture, Dogmatics, Patristics, Liturgical Theology, Church History, Pastoral Studies, and Canon Law), with both the academic approach and pastoral priority. Thus, the program will satisfy the aim of those who are interested in academic research, without neglecting the pastoral character that is necessary in every theological discourse. At the same time, the program extends Orthodox Theology in Arabic to those who seek it all over the world.

Each course is presented over 14 study weeks, on average of 1 lecture, weekly.

At the end of the study cycle, and after successfully completing all of the courses (as well as fulfilling all of the requirements of the curriculum), students will receive an attestation from the administration of the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, however, this attestation of completion of the Kalima program is not an official degree, and is not equivalent to any state acknowledged university degree. In order for one to attain a Theological degree, he/she must enroll and complete a degree program at the Institute of Theology as a regular student.

Objectives of the Program

The objectives of the Kalima program are:

  • To impart theological formation to all those who seek it, and to assist them in understanding the theory and praxis (practice) of the Orthodox Faith.
  • To create a platform for communication between the participants in the program, with Orthodox specialists in the various fields of Theology.
  • To confirm the role of the Institute of Theology as a center of theological education in the Holy See of Antioch.
  • To assist parish priests in their educational pastoral care, through offering their parishioners to join this E-learning program in order to enrich their faith.
  • To establish contacts with Orthodox Antiochians in the Diaspora, who wish to remain closely associated with their Mother Church.

 

Registration in the Program

  • Applicants to the Kalima program must fill out the form posted on the program’s webpage.
  • Each registered student must follow the two offered courses in each semester, until he/she finishes all of the courses in the curriculum after three years.
  • The registration fees can be paid either by electronic payment available on the website, or by depositing the correct amount in the Kalima bank account.

 

General regulations

  • Each student registered in one or more courses of the program, agrees to respect and comply with all applicable bylaws and regulations.
  • The student must follow the lessons published weekly, and must not fail to enter the program and read the material. A repeated absence for more than two weeks makes the student subject to dropping that course, and accordingly, to lose access to following lessons.
  • In every course, the student undergoes a weekly quiz concerning the previous lessons. Furthermore, he/she must take a midterm and final exam. The grades of all quizzes, midterms and finals will provide the final grade in the course.
  • The student should complete all assignments related to the lessons given by the professor. His/her work will be evaluated by the professor according to the policy set at the beginning of the course.
  • A grade that is less than 60 means that the student did not succeed in the course.
  • If the student fails in one course, he/she must pass the exam in the second session. In the result of failure in the second session, he/she must repeat the course when it is offered again.

The student can drop a course at any time. In that case, he/she will not be reimbursed the registration fee of that course. If he/she later chooses to take the course, from which he/she once withdrew, he/she will have to pay the fee again.

Course offering

First Year

Name of the course

Course Number

Number of Lessons

Gospels – Acts – Revelation

KLMA 211

14

Important Landmarks in Church History

KLMA 240

14

Orthodox Christian Dogmas

KLMA 230

14

Introduction to the History and Order (Typikon) of Christian Worship

KLMA 204

14

Second Year

Name of the course

Course Number

Number of Lessons

Epistles of the New Testament

KLMA 212

14

Pastoral Care

KLMA 228

14

Introduction to Orthodox Anthropology and Ethics

KLMA 235

14

Patrology

KLMA 255

14

Third Year

Name of the course

Course Number

Number of Lessons

Exegesis of the Old Testament

KLMA 220

14

The Church and Contemporary Challenges

KLMA 236

14

Christianity and Other Religions (Comparative Religions)

KLMA 293

14

Canon Law

KLMA 283

14

 

Course Descriptions

KLMA 204 HISTORY AND RULES OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Year: First

A general introduction to Christian worship, its roots, sources and history, with a special focus on the services which are practiced in the parishes, such as the daily prayers and the Eucharist. It also deals with the sacraments, their practice, and their importance in the life of the Church and the parish.

KLMA 211 GOSPELS – ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - REVELATION

Year: First

This course offers an exegesis of selected passages from the New Testament covering the four gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Book of Revelation. Texts are chosen, when possible, from liturgical readings and are presented to the students as examples of New Testament exegesis by pointing to some exegetical methods which can be used in the parishes and within youth groups.

 

KLMA 212 EPISTLES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Year: Second

This course offers an exegesis of selected passages from the Epistles of the New Testament, and particularly from the Pauline Corpus, with the purpose of highlighting the main theological issues and spiritual value. The historical and present complicated debates of Low and High Criticism are within the scope of this course. It also traces the development in perspectives resulting from the changing circumstances that necessitated the writing of the epistles.

KLMA 220 EXEGESIS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Year: Third

This course offers an exegesis of selected passages from the Old Testament covering the books of the Law, Prophets, Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Texts are chosen from liturgical readings and are presented to the students as examples of biblical exegesis by pointing to some exegetical methods which can be used in the parishes and within youth groups.

KLMA 225 PATROLOGY  

Year: Second

The course presents a view on the position of the fathers and their status in the mind and the life of the Church. It also presents the frameworks in which the Church’s theology emerged and developed in addition to all issues and problematic that occupied the Church over the first three centuries. It also deals with researching the fathers’ contributions in Church issues and all other regulatory and theological fields…etc. Of course it addresses the educational, intellectual, cultural and religious backgrounds of every father and how his contribution was influenced by these backgrounds and their status in the life of the Church.

KLMA 230 THE ORTHODOX DOGMAS

Year: First

This course aims at clarifying the status of Dogma in the Church by highlighting the close connection between doctrine and Life in Christ. It deals with the most important Christian doctrines such as the Mystery of the Holy ‎Trinity, Christology, Creation, Salvation, Ecclesiology and Christian Eschatology. The course takes into consideration the elaboration of these ‎issues in the Ecumenical Councils and in the writings of the Fathers, their history, with a special emphasis on their role in the life of ‎the Church, its liturgy, and the faith of the community.‎

KLMA 235 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS

Year: Second

This course sheds light on the main ethical aspects of faith in Christ, with emphasis on the Orthodox vision of man. The course deals with the impact of this Orthodox anthropology on the behavior of church followers regarding important social issues such as family, work, and politics. The course also deals with the problems of bioethics, which present a great challenge to Christianity in this day and age, especially cloning, euthanasia, and abortion. These issues will be discussed from a Christian point of view.

KLMA 236 THE CHURCH AND THE CHALLENGES OF THE MODERN WORLD

Year: Third

The course provides a discussion of the most important theories and ideologies prevailing in the modern world concerning politics, economics, religion, and philosophy while attempting to elaborate a position towards them from the point of view of the Christian faith rooted in tradition and open to modernity.

KLMA 240 IMPORTANT LANDMARKS IN CHURCH HISTORY

Year: First

This course offers an exposition of important periods in the history of the Church from the New Testament’s times, through the apostolic and the apostolic fathers, the period of persecutions until the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, and the seven ecumenical councils. Then the course deals with schisms and focuses on the Antiochian history until modern times.

KLMA 282 PASTORAL CARE

Year: Second

The course is an introduction to the theology of priesthood. It discusses the leadership role of priests and pastoral assistants in a parish setting. It presents an introduction to parish administration, with an emphasis on various pastoral ministries such as teaching, social care, and family ministries.

KLMA 283 CANON LAW

Year: Third

This course introduces the student to the Canon Law, its development throughout history as well as to their interpretation by the Church. The course accomplishes the first part by concentrating on the Canon Law in the Church of Antioch. In addition, it deals also canons regarding marriage and divorce as they are used nowadays in the Antiochian Church.

KLMA 293 CHRISTIANITY AND OTHER RELIGIONS (COMPARATIVE RELIGION)

Year: Third

This course discusses the Christian position towards other religions. It deals with dialogue of religions, taking into consideration actual discussion about this topic in different places in the world. This course emphasizes the importance of Christian Witness in openness and love.

 

 

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