Importance of Theological Education: Just a thought…
I was just thinking… although some may justify biblical education as unnecessary because of the fact that the twelve disciples were “uneducated,” such a suggestion must be put into context. If you have any knowledge of education Jewish children received when growing up, you would know that they were thrown into the study of the Scriptures, in particular, learning the Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy), at a very young age. If they were found to have the capacity to learn the Scriptures well, they would continue in school learning the rest of the Old Testament as they got older, eventually following a Rabbi.
Jesus’ disciples likely ended their education with the Pentateuch and learned the trade of their family (i.e., fishing). The disciples were considered uneducated in Bible times based on this fact that a person would not be called to follow a Rabbi (as Jesus was) unless they proved themselves a worthy student in the Scriptures.
But the disciples, because they were Jews, still would have had extensive training of the basics of the Jewish faith from the Genesis-Deuteronomy. I wouldn’t call that “uneducated” the way the many opponents to Theological training tend to use.
What do you think? To be in full-time ministry, is a Theological (Bible College/Seminary) degree necessary?