Academic Programs 
      

Hebrew Bible Survey I   (SC-519)
Fall 2007

An introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, this course will apply historical-critical methods of study to develop a framework for understanding the origins of the texts and the relationship of the texts to one another. Attention will be given to contemporary theories of biblical interpretation. Survey I will cover the materials in the Torah and Prophets (Genesis-Kings).

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:50 p.m., beginning September 13



Uriah Kim
Professor of Hebrew Bible

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9547
email: ukim@hartsem.edu

 


Course Syllabus




Course Objectives

1. Through this course students will become more familiar with the content of the Torah/Pentateuch (Genesis–Deuteronomy) and the Former Prophets (Joshua – Kings).
2. Students will have greater understanding of the historical and socio–political context in which the Hebrew Bible emerged.
3. To engage various methods of interpretation in biblical studies and various communities around the world.

Requirements & Grades:

1. Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to participate actively in class (10% toward the final grade).
2. Exegesis paper 1, three pages in length, double spaced, is due October 11 (25%).
3. Exegesis paper 2, three pages in length, double spaced, is due November 8 (25%).
4. Exegesis paper 3, six pages in length, double spaced, is due December 13 (40%). Or, students may choose to write a sermon or a reflection paper (six pages, double spaced) based on their critical engagement with biblical text, biblical scholarship, and their own socio-cultural context (due December 13, 40%).

Required Books (Available for Purchase at the Seminary Bookstore)

• John J. Collins, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004)
• Victor H. Matthews and Doc C. Benjamin, Old Testament Parallels (Paulist Press, 2007)
• Steven L. McKenzie and Stephen R. Haynes, eds., To Each Its Own Meaning (Revised and Expanded; Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999)
• Gale Yee, ed., Judges and Method (Second Edition; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007)


Class Schedule

1. September 13 Introductions

Reading Assignments
• Collins, Introduction, 1—46

2. September 20 The Primeval History

Reading Assignments
• Genesis 1–11
• Collins, Introduction, 47–82
• McKenzie and Haynes, 17 – 34
• Old Testament Parallels, 11 – 42

3. September 27 Stories of the Ancestors of Ancient Israel

Reading Assignments
• Genesis 12–50
• Collins, Introduction, 83–105
• McKenzie and Haynes, 35 – 57
• Old Testament Parallels, 47 – 79

4. October 4 Moses and the Exodus

Reading Assignments
• Exodus
• Collins, Introduction, 107–137
• McKenzie and Haynes, 90 – 104
• Old Testament Parallels, 89 – 98

5. October 11 The Priestly Writings

Due: Exegesis Paper #1

Reading Assignments
• Leviticus and Numbers
• Collins, Introduction, 139–158

6. October 18 Deuteronomy

Reading Assignments
• Deuteronomy
• Collins, Introduction, 159–179
• Old Testament Parallels, 101 – 133

7. October 25 Joshua and the Conquest

Reading Assignments
• Joshua
• Collins, Introduction, 183–202
• Yee, Judges and Method
• Old Testament Parallels, 146 – 156

8. November 1 Judges and the Settlement

Reading Assignments
• Judges
• Collins, Introduction, 203–215.
• Yee, Judges and Method

9. November 8 The Rise of the House of David

Due: Exegesis Paper #2

Reading Assignments
• I Samuel 1—II Samuel 5
• Collins, Introduction, 217–44
• Old Testament Parallels, 165 – 175

10. November 15 The Succession Narrative

Reading Assignments

• II Samuel 6—1 Kings 1
• J. Cheryl Exum, Plotted, Shot, and Painted, 19–53
• Uriah Y. Kim, “The Politics of Identity and Loyalty in the David Story” [handout]

11. November 22 Reading Week

12. November 29 Solomon and the Divided Kingdom

Reading Assignments
• I Kings 1 – 16
• Collins, Introduction, 245–60

13. December 6 The Fall of Samaria

Reading Assignments
• I Kings 17 – 2 Kings 17
• Collins, Introduction, 261–79
• Old Testament Parallels, 176 – 194

14. December 13 The Fall of Jerusalem

Due: Exegesis Paper #3 or Reflection Paper/Sermon

Reading Assignments
• II Kings 18—25
• Old Testament Parallels, 195 – 203

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