Selden College Summer School 2024

Selden College Summer School will run from July 15-19, 2024, at North Gate Hall, Oxford

The goal of the summer school is to provide parents and students with a taste of the type of education Selden College aims to provide: an education of the whole person – moral, spiritual and intellectual. All aspects of that education will be present in these four days. The school will begin with registration and an evening meal/reception on July 15, followed by four days (16-19) that follow the schedule below.

Morning Worship

Psalm singing instruction

Keynote lecture by Dr Timothy Edwards providing details on the vision for the college and its foundational principles


Afternoon Seminar Classes 

Afternoon music camp with Dr David Erb for 10-14/15 yr olds

Please note, parents will be responsible for all their children throughout the duration of the summer school.

Confirmed Teachers and Classes  

(We hope to announce other teachers and classes if numbers require it.)

An introduction to John Owen (Dr Crawford Gribben, Queen’s University, Belfast)

John Owen was one of the leading theologians among the English puritans. Drawing on his knowledge of Scripture and Christian tradition, as well as his love of Greek and Roman classical authors, he developed a vision of the Christian life and its consequences for family, church and state that has proven to be enormously influential. This class will introduce students to Owen by reading several of his key works, unpacking his idea of devotional life, and showing how he expected his teaching to shape our understanding of the roles of parents and children, worship in the gathered congregation, and the life of the nation at large.

Professor Gribben is a cultural and literary historian whose work focuses on the development and dissemination of religious ideas in the print cultures of Puritanism and evangelicalism. He also serves as co-editor of two series of monographs and edited collections entitled ‘Christianities in the trans-Atlantic world, 1550-1800’ (Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Scottish religious cultures: Historical perspectives’ (Edinburgh University Press). He is the founding co-director of the Jonathan Edwards Centre (UK), an affiliate of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

Introduction to Patristic Hermeneutics and Exegesis (Alberto Solano, DPhil student, Oxford University)

Introduction to Patristic Hermeneutics and Exegesis provides an exploration of early Christian approaches to understanding Scripture. Students will engage with the methods of biblical interpretation employed by various Church Fathers, like Origen and Augustine. The course aims to examine how these early readings shaped Christian thought and doctrines.

Alberto Solano is studying for a DPhil in Theology at the University of Oxford and serves as Assistant Minister at Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford, UK. He completed an  MPhil in Theology at Oxford in 2022. Before moving to the UK, Alberto completed an MDiv and an MTh in Southern California and served as a church minister in Mexico.  

Old Testament Law and its Afterlife in the English Reformation and Beyond (Dr Timothy Edwards, New Saint Andrews College and Selden College)                            

This course will briefly introduce students to Biblical law and how it works, and look at two examples from English history: Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and arguments between Monarchists and Republicans in the 17th Century. We will look, in particular, at how OT law was central in shaping the outcome of these significant events.

Reading Old Testament Poetry (Dr Timothy Edwards, New Saint Andrews College and Selden College)

This course will briefly introduce students to the challenges and joys of reading poetry, in general, and biblical poetry, in particular. Students will engage with different poetic texts from the Old Testament: Psalms, Proverbs and Prophets, and see how a knowledge of the form of Hebrew poetry helps us understand the content of that poetry.

Dr Edwards has taught at Bristol University, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and New Saint Andrews College (Idaho) where he also served as Academic Dean. He developed online Hebrew courses for BibleMesh and has other academic publications in the area of early Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation and early Bible versions.

Psalm Singing and other musical instruction (Dr David Erb, Fellow of Music, New Saint Andrews College)

Dr Erb holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Dr. Erb taught and conducted choirs at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Bucknell University. Dr. Erb earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1997.


Who is the Summer School for?

Primarily for students intending to enter university in October 2025 or 2026, and their families. Others are welcome to sign up and will be able to attend the morning sessions, but the classes advertised will be limited to students in the age group listed above. 

How much does it cost and what is included?

£250.00 (individual or family). This cost covers all summer school sessions,  2 evening meals (Monday and Friday), lunches (Tuesday- Friday), and refreshments. Accommodation is not included; all attendees will need to arrange their own accommodation. 

Why do all the courses look like theology courses?

First, although there appears to be a lot of theology in the classes, they are all interdisciplinary in nature and therefore cover more areas than just theology. So, for example, Dr Gribben's class covers theology, history, and palaeography. 

Second, as a Christian Liberal Arts college seeking to recover the Christian heritage of education, we acknowledge theology as the queen of the sciences, and so whatever class is taken theology will be present, explicitly or implicitly.

Third, if enough students apply we will be able to offer a wider range of courses with focus on different disciplines.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up using the google form below, or email if you would like a word document version instead.