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HIS 113 - History of the Old Testament

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides a survey of Old Testament exploring the major books, figures and religious developments of the Hebrews. Texts will be explored in context of literary styles, religious and historical context.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of hermeneutics and literary criticism and why these are important for modern, scientific and historical investigations.
  2. Describe the basic arrangement of the Hebrew scriptures.
  3. Explain the essence of Hebrew and Jewish theologies.
  4. Report on the evolution of Jewish thought.
  5. List the most important historical moments from 1250 B.C.E. until 90 C.E.
Listed Topics
  1. Hermeneutics, exegesis and literary criticism
  2. The myths of the Cosmogony and the Patriarchs
  3. Pentateuch–J,E,D,P (the authors of the Pentateuch)
  4. Prophets: Proto-Prophets, Classical Prophets, Pre-and Post-exilic
  5. Wisdom literature
  6. Pseudepigrapha, deuterocanonical and apocalyptic literature
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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