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Graduates from MHS – School of Mission and Theology have since the latter half of the 19th century been engaged in documentation and research related to religious and cultural phenomena in the areas they were serving as missionaries. Still, a more systematic training of researchers did not start until the general academic upgrading of the school in the 1970s. MHS’ own PhD programme was accredited in 2002, and today the school has 15-20 researchers in positions as Professors or Associate Professors, and approximately the same number of PhD students.
MHS – School of Mission and Theology has a research profile that reflects the school’s general focus on the global missional calling of the church. In addition to a large number of individual research projects, staff members are directing several multinational and multi-institutional research projects. As far as recruitment of new researchers is concerned, the school emphasizes the need to train female scholars, both for the school itself and for its international partners.
The School of Mission and Theology (MHS) has for the period of 2008-2012 established three interdisciplinary research groups in order to focus the research at the school on three key areas. The three research groups are:
MHS – School of Mission and Theology offers a PhD program which is divided into seven departments: Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Theology of Mission and Science of Religion. The program presupposes three to four years full time research. Another possibility is six years part time research. To be admitted, the applicant must normally provide her/his own financial support. If MHS has a grant, it will be announced for applicants on these pages.
The Research School Religion Values Society
The goal of the Research School is to mobilize and enhance Norwegian expertise in the field related to the interplay between religion, values and society, as well as forming long-lasting research networks in the field, and to promote cooperation between PhD students and senior researchers on relevant and appropriate subjects in the field.
The Research School was established in 2009 as a joint project, now comprising Menighetsfakultetet, School of Mission and Theology, Østfold University College, Institute for Social Research (ISF), International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) and Diakonhjemmet Høgskole. The Research School has its own webpage.
Contact person at MHS: Odd Magne Bakke, email: email@example.com ; Phone: 51516239
Africa and Old Test. Prog. (AOTP)
The twentieth century made the Old Testament an African book. As the ancient texts have been translated into numerous languages and cultures throughout the continent, grass-root readers find that the texts reflect their own experiences of life, and scholars investigate the texts in the light of the African religio- and sociocultural tradition.
Nordic Network for Doctoral Training in Theology and Religion
The School of Mission and Theology is one of the partners in Nordic Network for Doctoral Training in Theology and Religion. The network aims at the coordination of PhD-programmes in theology and religion in the Nordic countries and seeks to establish a common platform for the exchange of information and future coodination of seminars and courses offered by partner institutions.
Catalogue of Academic Competency
The catalogue of academic competency gives an outline of the faculty's specialised competency, selected publications, membership and poistions in/of professional boards/committees, as well as CVs.
Centre for Medieval Studies
History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament
During the years 2007–2011 Jostein Ådna, Professor of New Testament at the School of Mission and Theology, co-operated with his Indian colleague Prof. Jey J. Kanagaraj and his Romanian colleague Prof. Stelian Tofana in coordinating the seminar “History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament: Global Challenges and Opportunities” in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS). The programme for the three seminar sessions at each of the five General Meetings of SNTS, and also most of the papers presented in these sessions, can be found and downloaded under the headings Sibiu, Romania, 2007; Lund, Sweden, 2008; Vienna, Austria, in 2009; Berlin, Germany, 2010 and Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA, 2011.
I am working on three different projects: mission in christian education in the Church of Norway, contemporary understandings of mission and contextual Bible interpretation.