Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Certificate Program
15 Courses or 45 Credit Hours

8) VSM-B108 Understanding Suffering: Job & Wisdom Literature - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to explore a pragmatic integration of contemporary issues with responses and potential solutions as found in Wisdom Literature.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Locate and exegete the theme of suffering as found in these writings
2. Understand the theology of suffering as found in all of Scripture
3. Analyze the socio-political contemporary responses to suffering
4. Understand the moral and ethical dilemmas associated with suffering
5. Propose tangible, pragmatic solutions to contemporary suffering.

Course Content
The need for orthodoxy as well as orthopraxy in our response to suffering. General introductions and definitions of major terms and concepts used for the study of Wisdom Literature: authors, historical background, book contents, purposes of Wisdom Literature. Using books such as Ghislain Tshikendwa Matadi’s book Suffering, Belief, Hope: The Wisdom of Job for An Aids-Stricken Africa. Various forms of economic suffering, political repression, AIDS/Hiv, IDP’s, refugees, corrupt leadership, church divisions and conflicts will be discussed.