Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.
Our study of the Bible at Ridley aims to prepare people for a lifetime of mining the riches of Scripture - the essential foundation for fruitful preaching and teaching. We encourage putting the text in its historical and canonical context, paying close attention to the text, and relating the message to the great truths of the faith.
You will have opportunity to learn the original languages of the Bible, and the rich library resources in Cambridge provide access to the wisdom and insight of the great Christian interpreters of the past and the present.
The study of the Old Testament is an essential part of the curriculum. The Bible of Jesus lays the foundation not only for the New Testament, but also for abiding truths about who God is and how he is to be served and praised. The Old Testament also includes some of the most stirring stories and majestic passages in all literature. In introducing it we look at several different kinds of literature, including:
- The Pentateuch. A nuanced approach to history and genre is also applied to the books of Genesis and Exodus, which allows their foundational significance for Christian theology to be appreciated.
- The historical books. We look in more detail at the memorable account of David's rise in the books of Samuel. This provides an introduction to some of the historical issues, as well as setting out approaches to biblical narrative that brines it to life in ways that show its relevance for the present day.
- The Prophets. A general look at prophecy, with a more specific study of Amos and Jeremiah.
- The Psalms. The lectures include a workshop on poetry of the Bible and an exploration of how and why the Psalms continue to be at the heart of Christian spirituality and faith.
The New Testament is fundamental and formative for the Christian faith. In it we hear apostolic testimony to the story of the coming of Jesus Christ to liberate God's world and his people from bondage to sin, death and decay.
Through narratives, letters and apocalypse it reveals the gracious love of God, the redemptive work of the Son, and the life-giving power of the Spirit.
In our introductory study of the New Testament we build a foundation, looking carefully at:
- The four gospels and their distinctive emphases
- The identity and mission of Jesus in his historical context
- How the letters of Paul and others in the NT can give us insight into faithful discipleship today
Students in their second or third year study individual books of the New Testament in detail, learning to listen more closely to the Scriptures, to think more clearly, and to express its essential message. Our aim is to enable the people of God to live lives that build up the body of Christ and convey to the world the good news of his saving love.