Continuing its custom of opening up one course per semester to the larger community, the Seminary is currently offering a course during the Spring, 2002 semester entitled, "The Matthean Discourses of Jesus." The course focuses on the five sermons of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, including the famous "Sermon on the Mount." Through careful reading and analysis students will discover the meaning of these discourses for Jesus' first-century Palestinian audience, as well as their practical application for Armenian Christians today. Commentaries on Matthew by medieval Armenian Church fathers will also be studied for their insights into the Gospel text.
The course is being taught by Dr. Abraham Terian, Professor of Armenian Patristics at St. Nersess. Dr. Terian has taught New Testament for more than twenty years before coming to St. Nersess. He is also an expert on Armenian patristic literature, the writings of the Armenian Church fathers. The class is open to the public and meets on Wednesday evenings at the Seminary from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
This class is made possible by a grant from the Bishop Zgon Der Hagopian Fund and is offered by St. Nersess in loving memory of him.
Each semester St. Nersess offers evening classes on diverse topics related to Armenian Christianity. They are intended for Armenians seeking a deeper understanding of their heritage and faith. College students may be eligible for transfer credit from the institutions in which they are enrolled.