Department of Old Testament

Welcome to the Department of Old Testament Studies. Students taking courses in this department will be introduced to biblical Hebrew in order to read and begin to interpret the Old Testament in the language of the OT patriarchs. A general introduction to contemporary issues in OT studies and a special introduction for each of the 39 OT books is offered, along with the theological emphases of the different books. Elective courses will focus on individual OT books or developments in the OT.

OLD TESTAMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

111 Basic Hebrew 1

Essentials of biblical Hebrew grammar: orthography, morphophonemics, vocabulary; historical developments; readings and exercises. 4 hrs.

112 Basic Hebrew 2

Essentials of biblical Hebrew grammar: morphophonemics, syntax; vocabulary; text readings and exercises. 4 hrs.

115 Pentateuchal Studies

Genesis through Deuteronomy. Historical and hermeneutical issues of Gen. 1-11; the Abrahamic Covenant; patriarchal narratives; the Exodus, the Mosaic Covenant; sacrifices, atonement, and forgiveness of sin in Leviticus; the wilderness wanderings; the covenant structure and Deuteronomy. 3 hrs.

116 Old Testament Historical Narratives

Joshua through Nehemiah. Period of the conquest, the judges, monarchy, exile and restoration; geography of Eretz-Israel; the covenantal- contextual relationship to the socio-political milieu. 3hrs.

117 Old Testament Prophetic Literature

Isaiah through Malachi. The prophetic office; prophetic themes in the pre-exilic, exilic, and postexilic periods; prophetic proclamation in the covenant and legal context; Messianic prophecies; judgment, restoration, and eschatology. 3 hrs.

118 Old Testament Hymnic and Wisdom Writings

Job through Song of Songs. Special attention given to the structure and interpretation of Hebrew poetry; introduction to the individual books; doctrinal and practical emphasis. 3 hrs.

121 Advanced Hebrew

Vocabulary mastery of words occurring 50 or more times in the Old Testament. Inductive approach to, and review of grammatical, syntactical, and semantic features through a detailed analysis of the Hebrew text. 3 hrs.

122 Hebrew Exegesis

Chronological survey of the OT canon; attention given to content, authorship, and dates of individual OT books; relevant archaeological discoveries and historicity of events examined. 3 hrs.

143 Survey of the Old Testament

Chronological survey of the OT canon; attention given to content, authorship, and dates of individual OT books; relevant archaeological discoveries and historicity of events examined. 3hrs.

190 Thesis in Old Testament

A thesis of approximately 10,000 words, prepared under the direction of the Old Testament department, defending a proposition related to the exegesis of the Old Testament. The thesis is to follow the format described in the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 2 hrs.

1315 Deuteronomy

Study of the historical background and interpretation of the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy. Attention given to the Pentateuchal and Old Testament context of the book how it was influential in later biblical theology. 2 hrs.

1337 Daniel

Survey of the history of interpretation of the book of Daniel; attention given to the critical attack upon the book; interpretation of the text with selected translations from the Hebrew and introduction to the Aramaic portions. 2 hrs.

1348 Zechariah

Study of the historical background and interpretation of the text of Zechariah. Attention given to Zechariah’s prophecies and visions in their context of the Mosaic covenant; translation from the Hebrew of select passages. 2 hrs.

1371 OT Theology

Survey of the modern history of OT theology; the nature and method of OT theology; major OT themes examined, especially from within the context of covenantal promise. 2 hrs.