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Biblical studies have been one of the central areas of research at the Institute of Theology of the EELC for several years. Some examples of the recent topics are: in June 2007 Master’s theses on the problems concerning the Edict of Cyrus was completed. Another work for Master’s degree will be completed in spring 2008 that analyses and compares the use of the words „way, life, and truth” in Synoptic gospels and in John. In August 2007 first doctoral students (six) have begun with their studies. Their topics are, however, other than those of Early Christianity. They include social and ethical topics as well as historical studies.
At the present time a team of three persons carry out a three year research project (2006-2008) Introduction to the Early Christian Way of Thinking. The project is supported by the Estonian Scientific Foundation, Grant Nr. 6849.
The goal of the project is to describe and analyse some elements of the way of thinkimg that were decisive for the formation of the identity of the new movement. Attention is paid to the concepts of gospel, lord(ship), authority, and truth in the use of Early Christian writers.
The Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is an educational centre for the entire church as a place there theological education is developed, coordinated and given to the theologians, clergy and church co-workers in various ministries, the complementary theological, pedagogical and musical training (hopefully a life-long one) is provided for clergy and laymen, and there theological research and publishing of theological literature takes place.
In addition to the congregation-related ministries (clergy, cantors, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders), also those dedicated to the social and prison work, and teachers of religious education in schools (pedagogical branch), are being prepared for their work. The pastoral seminary is obligatory for all graduated theologians who wish to become priests within the EELC. There will be practical work in congregations in addition to the lectures of practical theology.