In my post about advising I mentioned that my lecturer is also my advisor. I thought we were going to have an introductory lecture, but Dr Iverson preferred to ease us into the year by casually asking us why we decided to study his module. Apart from the obvious ‘it’s compulsory’ answer, we talked about how important it is to try and understand how Christianity developed from a group of followers of Jesus into an institutionalised religion, as well as agreeing about the undeniable ‘footprint that Jesus has left on the Western world’.
Before the end of the ‘lecture’ he put up a painting on the whiteboard and asked us what we could see.
So how does this painting relate to how we should approach studying the New Testament?
Profound words from Dr Iverson. An encouraging start to the semester methinks, not only because I remember what was said during the 50mins I was sat in Lecture room 2, but also because something he said will stay with me for a very long time:
‘never study for a course, but study to learn’