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A BTh discussion group All applications for the BTh must be made through one of our member institutions.

This degree of the University of Cambridge was instituted in 1996 with revisions made in 2006 and again in 2013. The programme is studied over two years and candidates must hold a good honours degree as a prerequisite for entry. The majority of papers are taught within the Federation with some options taught alongside Religion and Theology Tripos students in the Faculty of Divinity. Although students are members of a University College, supervisions are undertaken by staff within their Federation member institution.

Assessment for papers for the BTh degree is by either examination, 3,000 word essay or a combination of these. The First and Second Examinations are taken at the end of each of the two years and require the equivalent of 4 Full Papers to be offered by candidates, and regulations ensure studies in all 4 groups of subjects. Candidates may offer one dissertation in place of any paper for the Second Examination.

In addition, over the two years candidates have to satisfy the examiners in Pastoral Studies by submitting a Pastoral Ministry essay in the first year and a portfolio containing work from Church and Social Placements in the second year.

This award can only be taken on a full-time basis.

BTh Papers and Set Texts for 2014-15
Bachelor of Theology for Ministry and Diploma in Theology for Ministry 2015: Special subjects and prescribed texts
The Faculty Board of Divinity give notice that they have selected the following special subjects and prescribed texts for the Bachelor of Theology for Ministry and the Diploma in Theology for Ministry in 2015 (Statutes and Ordinances, p.452).

BTh01 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
2 Samuel 9-12

BTh02 Elementary Hebrew
Genesis 37, 40–43, 45

BTh03 Introduction to New Testament Greek
John 1-5

BTh04 New Testament Greek
John 9-12

BTh11 Reading the Christian Bible
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh12 Christian Doctrine
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh13 Belief and Practice in the Early Church
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh14 Reform & Renewal in Christian History
(This paper will not be available in 2014-15)
Prescribed topics:
A: The Protestant Reformation in Europe, ca. 1517-1618
B: The Catholic Reformation in Europe, ca. 1492-1618

BTh15 Special Subject in Christian History
Prescribed topic: Themes in world Christianities: context, theology and power

BTh16 Special Subject in the Study of Religion
(This paper will not be available in 2014-15)
Prescribed topic: Social Sciences and Religion

BTh21 Intermediate Hebrew
Deuteronomy 5-11; Judges 13-16; Jonah.

BTh22 Intermediate Greek
(This paper will not be available in 2014-15)
Mark 1-8 and Galatians

BTh23 Old Testament Studies
Ezekiel 1-24

BTh24 New Testament Studies
1 Corinthians
John 1-6, 17-20; 1 John 2-3; 3 John

BTh25 Old Testament Exegesis*
Ruth & Jonah, Second Isaiah

BTh26 New Testament Exegesis*
Mark, Romans

BTh27 Biblical Themes in Christian Doctrine*
Biblical Theology

BTh28 The Study of Christian Mission*
(This paper will not be available in 2014-15)
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh29 The Gospel and Western Culture*
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh30 Philosophy of Religion
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh31 Church and Sacraments*
(This paper will not be available in 2014-15)
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh32 Patterns of Christian Worship*
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh33 Subjects Specified by the Faculty Board*
Prescribed topics:
Reformed Tradition
Anglicanism

BTh34 Special Study*
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh41 Further Studies in Christian Doctrine
Prescribed topic:    Theology and Science

BTh42 Further Church History
Prescribed topic:    Modern Church History

BTh43 Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Encounter
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh44 Christian Ethics
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh45 Advanced Subjects Specified by the Faculty Board*
Prescribed topic:  Feminist Interpretation of the Bible

BTh46 Further Advanced Subjects Specified by the Faculty Board*
Prescribed topic:  Theologies of Hope

BTh47 Special Study
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh51 Pastoral Portfolio (1st Examination)*
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

BTh52 Pastoral Portfolio (2nd Examination)
There are no prescribed texts for this paper.