Collection MS 1385 - Theses for the Bachelor of Divinity

PMB MS 1385 Finding Aid

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AU PMB MS 1385


Theses for the Bachelor of Divinity


  • 2001-2011 (Creation)

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Reels 1-6; 35mm microfilm

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Piula Theological College is a Methodist Church training institution in Samoa. It was established in 1868 in Lufilufi on the north coast of Upolu island after its initial beginnings in 1859 at Satupa'itea on the south coast of Savai'i island. The Methodist Mission in Samoa purchased the land and later named the training center Piula Theological College. The name Piula is the Samoan transliteration of the biblical name Beulah which means married (to the Lord).
Piula Theological College offers a four year course leading to a Diploma in Theological Studies with the possibility of further study to complete a Bachelor of Theology (additional two year programme) or Bachelor of Divinity (additional three year programme) degree. The Bachelor of Divinity degree was introduced at Piula Theological College in 2000. Students are encouraged to appreciate and write about Samoan culture and values in relation to Methodist Theology and faith. The theses are designed as independent research work where students show their originality, creativity and contribution to theological learning.
The training prepares men for Ministry in the Samoa Methodist Church. In addition to academic life, students participate in worship, prayers, singing and sport. The extensive grounds and properties of Piula Theological College are kept in fine condition by the students. Some of the students are married and their wives and children live with them at Piula Theological College. Many of the wives undertake courses to prepare them for the role they will play as minister's wives.

The Bachelor of Divinity theses are organized in the Piula Library according to tbe Dewey classification system. They have been microfilmed in this order.

Approximately 52 theses (one in Samoan, all others in English) for the Bachelor of Divinity. Many on theological or biblical exegesis and analysis, with other theses addressing a variety of social and historical themes.

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Piula Theological College, Apia, Samoa

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