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OLDT 662J [BC]

Mountain Musics: Highland Balladry in Appalachia and Ephraim, Summer 2014

Gregory Mobley

In this course affiliated with the Appalachian Ministries Education Resource Center in Berea, Kentucky, we will explore the poetic quality of biblical prophecy and the divine tones in the folk songs of Southeastern Kentucky. This course brings together two highland cultures an ocean and centuries apart that are united by so much: austerity, marginality, love for tribe and family, and a high and lonesome spirituality.
The course has three components: The first is a classroom immersion on the campus of Berea College in the stanzas of Hebrew prophecy. The second component takes place in the hollers and ridges of Appalachia as we hear its music and meet its performers. Finally, we will return to the classroom to see what harmonies we can hear between ancient prophecy and contemporary folk art.

For more information on fees, cost and application paperwork, see the Border-Crossing Immersion Handbook.
Deadline for submitting Applications:
February 1, 2014

Summer - Unit 2, June 8-19

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This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

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Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


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