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Manchester Bible School

Do you have a desire to learn? Then why not try one of our 5-week evening classes?

Manchester Bible School aims to provide accessible courses equipping people with a deeper knowledge and practical applications of the Bible and theology in a context of fellowship. No previous academic qualifications are required – just a desire to learn. This is a great and affordable way to experience an introduction to further theological education.

The courses are suitable for Christians with a basic grounding in the faith, but who want to increase their knowledge of God’s Word to help them in their Christian lives and service. Some courses aim to introduce topics, while others will build on previous courses to deepen engagement with the topic.

MBS Online: Jeremiah

The Broken Prophet, Community in Crisis, and a Weeping God

Dates and Times

15 June 2020 The course material will become available and will be emailed to you

6 July 2020, 7:30pm – 8:30pm Live Zoom session with Dr Samuel Hildebrandt

About the course

A broken prophet, a community in crisis, a weeping God – Nowhere else in the Bible can we meet these three elements in such fervour and depth as in the Book of Jeremiah. What does it mean to speak for God, in word and in person? How does healing come to God’s people? And how does God listen and speak in the midst of a crisis? Journeying through the complex literary and theological world of Jeremiah, we will wrestle with these questions and sharpen our skills in reading prophetic literature, theological thinking, and Christian application.

This class will be offered online in a ‘complete-in-your-own-time’ format. Once registered, you will receive an email on the 15 June which will include everything you need to take the course. On the 6 July, 7.30pm-8.30pm, you will be invited to join a LIVE Zoom seminar led by Dr Samuel Hildebrandt (Lecturer in Old Testament, NTC Manchester), the course facilitator, your registration details will be sent to you upon registering.


This course if FREE to attend, simply register below and enjoy.

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Fiona Montague: MBS Secretary  fiona_m999@hotmail.com

Nazarene Theological College  enquiries@nazarene.ac.uk

Dr Samuel Hildebrandt PhD (Edinburgh)
Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Old Testament)

After several moves across the Atlantic, I am excited to have arrived at NTC where I teach Biblical Studies, especially in the area of the Old Testament. I grew up in northern Germany but have spent most of the last decade in Canada, where I met my wife, Darcy, and in Scotland, where I completed my PhD in 2016. My research covers a wide range of Old Testament materials, but is focused primarily on prophetic literature, the poetry of the Psalms, and the dynamics of Hebrew narrative.

A significant part of my journey of learning and teaching has been my involvement in church communities in Germany, Canada, and the UK. Because of this, I am passionate about ‘unlearning’ that strange instinct of viewing intellectual and spiritual formation as separate categories. This intersection is foundational for what happens in my classroom and is relevant especially in the world of the Old Testament which deserves our best academic work yet also demands our personal involvement and imagination.

When I am away from the office I bike and run and wander, listen to (almost) all kinds of music and even try to play some, sit on cozy kitchen counters and read real books, marvel at trees, lawns, and hedgework, drink tea and chat with Darcy about everything and nothing, and enjoy every silly moment with my children, Sophie and Ezekiel.

BA English/Music (Universität Oldenburg, Germany)
MA Theological Studies (Briercrest Seminary, Canada)
PhD Hebrew and OT Studies (University of Edinburgh)

Interpreting Quoted Speech in Prophetic Literature: A Study of Jeremiah 2.1-3.5. Vetus Testamentum Supplements 176. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Whose Voice is Heard? Speakers Ambiguity in the Psalms.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming 2019).

“The Servants of Saul: ‘Minor’ Characters and Royal Commentary in 1 Samuel 9-31.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 40 (2015): 179-200.

“The Proof–and–Play of Quoted Speech in the Joseph Story (Genesis 37-50).” Pages 39-56 in Doubling and Duplicating in the Book of Genesis. Edited by E. Hayes and K. Vermeulen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2016.

“Who speaks to Whom? Tracking with Prophetic Polyphony.” Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education (forthcoming, 2019)

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