Bible: Old Testament (Csilla Saysell)

1. Learning Experience

This Bible: Old Testament option aims to engage with your view of how the Old Testament presents God.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Csilla Saysell to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spend some time reflecting on your own perspective of how the Old Testament presents God, record (journal) any things you feel are significant, remarkable, or challenging in terms of your own perspective. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the 10-month period. This is a private document for you unless you chose to share something of the detail to your coach or in your final reflection.

Within the first four months:

Read one or both of these books:

Copan, Paul. Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God. (Baker Books, 2011). Buy online from Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library…

Walton, John. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. (IVP Academic, 2009). Buy online from Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library…

Throughout the ten months:

2. Reflection

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the book – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.

By 15 November, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Explain how the reading and engagement with your coach has changed your perspective on at least one aspect of how the Old Testament presents God, and how you believe this insight will affect your life and ministry. Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the ten months.

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the book you have chosen if they haven’t already.

The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to assist you to identify aspects of God’s character from the reading and where you can apply these insights in your own life practice and ministry – you might bring a different topic or area from the book each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide.

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog)  – see details above. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.


Facilitator: Dr Csilla Saysell

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Csilla comes originally from Hungary, but lived in India as a child for several years and spent a gap year in Israel as well as the last ten years in the United Kingdom. She started teaching Old Testament and Hebrew at Carey in 2013. Before moving to New Zealand she taught Old Testament and Hebrew at St John’s College, Nottingham and as a guest lecturer at Cranmer Hall at Durham University.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Bible: Old Testament option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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