The course is part of the Seminary's Extension Program, and is open to the public. It will feature a survey of the Gospels, Epistles of St. Paul, and the so-called "Catholic Epistles," with attention to their general content, historical background and major themes.
What's the Twist?
"But the course will have a twist," said Terian with a smile, flicking his wrist as if to reveal something up his sleeve. "As we read the scriptures together, we will consult the great Armenian theologians and biblical interpreters, our church fathers."
Perspectives of Armenian Church Fathers
Terian plans to weave into his lectures and discussions insights from some of the great fathers of the Armenian Church including Sarkis "Gund" Shnorhali, the 12th century author of a commentary on the 7 Catholic Epistles; and Hovhannes Orodnetsi, a great Biblical interpreter who was the teacher of Krikor Datevatsi.
The patron saint of the Seminary, St. Nersess Shnorhali will also lend his insights to the class in the form of his great epic, Jesus the Son. This massive retelling of the Gospel story was inspired by St. Nersess' great-grandfather, Krikor Magistros, who composed a narrative of the entire Bible in verse. Shnorhali's work consists of three parts: Old Testament prophecies, the story of Jesus, and the saint's interpretation and application of Gospel story for his times.
Armenian Saints Reveal the Gospel's Importance for Armenians
"Next to the Prayerbook of Narek, Jesus the Son is the most beloved and influential work of Armenian spiritual literature," said Dr. Terian. "Its beauty and power lie in its experiential and personal perspective. It answers the eternal question of anyone seeking a life of faith: How can I appropriate the Gospel of Jesus and make it part and parcel of my life," Terian said, adding, "And best of all, coming from the heart and pen of St. Nersess Shnorhali, it is an Armenian reflection on the Christian faith through and through."
Terian's course is open to all interested. The fee for those auditing the course is $100, payable on the first day of class. For further information, contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org.