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RST-315-20, Old Testament

INSTRUCTOR: Henrietta Wiley

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Saturday/12-2:45 pm/September 8, 15, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 10, 17; December 1, 8. Exam: December 15

CONTENT:

This course is an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Scriptures, its historical and social context, and the history of how these books have been interpreted by both secular and religious readers.  It is also an introduction to the many methods used to understand this text as literary art, cultural artifact, and source of spiritual authority, with particular emphasis on modern scholarship. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-To gain familiarity with the literature of the Hebrew Bible and the history of its composition and interpretation,

-To become acquainted with the methods of traditional and academic interpretation,

-To develop your own skills of analysis and interpretation.

METHODS:

Lecture

Discussion

Writing Assignments

Quizzes and Exams

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

20%     Discussion and Participation

20%     Reading and written Homework

20%     Midterm Exam

20%     Final Exam

20%     Exegesis Paper

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Harper Collins Study Bible, Revised and Updated edition (2006) ISBN: 0060786841

-Coogan, Michael D.  A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, Second Edition (2011). ISBN13: 9780199830114

READINGS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Harper Collins Study Bible, pp. xiii–xliii

Coogan, Chapter 1

Genesis 1-3