Academic Programs 
      

Hebrew Bible Survey II   (SC-520) 
Winter/Spring 2006

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 II will examine the prophetic corpus, poetry wisdom and the rest of “the writings” in the Hebrew Bible.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., beginning February 2

Uriah Kim
Professor of Hebrew Bible

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9564
email: ukim@hartsem.edu

Course Syllabus

This course has been cancelled.


Course Objectives

  1. Through this course students will become more familiar with the content of the Prophets and the Writings.
  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 who are doing the interpretation.

Requirements & Grades:

  1. There will a Midterm Examination on March 23 (25% toward the final grade). The first part of the examination will contain identifying biblical texts from the Prophets. The second part will be short answer identification of important terms and ideas in biblical studies based upon assigned readings. The third part will contain one essay question based upon lectures and classroom discussion.
  2. There will a Final Examination on May 11 (25% toward the final grade). The first part of the examination will contain identifying biblical texts from the Writings. The second part will be short answer identification of important terms and ideas in biblical studies based upon assigned readings. The third part will contain one essay question based upon lectures and classroom discussion.
  3. Students are required to write a short reflection paper (2-3 pages in length) on a given topic (10% toward the final grade). The professor will pass out the questions on March 2 and the paper is due on March 16.
  4. Students are required to write a 8-10 page exegesis paper, which will be due on May 11 (30% toward the final grade). Students are also required to give a 10–15 minute presentation on their paper proposals (10% toward the final grade).

Required Books (Available for purchase at the Seminary Bookstore and on reserve in the Seminary Library)

  • John J. Collins, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible ( Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004)
  • Carol A. Newsom and Sharon H. Ringe, eds., The Women’s Bible Commentary (Expanded ed.; Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1998)
  • Daniel Patte et al., eds., Global Bible Commentary ( Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004)

Recommended Books (On reserve in the Seminary Library and/or available for purchase at the Seminary Bookstore)

  • Joseph Blenkinsopp, A History of Prophecy in Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996)
  • James L. Crenshaw, The Psalms: An Introduction ( Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2001)
  • Abraham Heschel, The Prophets (New York: Harper & Row, 1962)
  • Roland E. Murphy, The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature ( Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2002)

 

Class Schedule

1. February 2 Introduction to the Prophets

Reading Assignment

  • Blenkinsopp, pp. 1-39
  • Heschel, pp. xiii-26

2. February 9 The Eighth-century Prophets of Israel: Amos and Hosea

Reading Assignment

  • Amos and Hosea
  • Collins, pp. 283-306
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 207-215, 218-223
  • Patte, pp. 262-271, 277-285

3. February 16 The Eighth-century Prophets of Judah: Isaiah and Micah

Reading Assignment

  • Isaiah 1-39 and Micah
  • Collins, pp. 307-329
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 169-173, 229-231
  • Patte, pp. 186-194, 295-300

4. February 23 The Seventh-century Prophets of Judah: Jeremiah

Reading Assignment

  • Jeremiah
  • Collins, pp. 331-352
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 178-186
  • Patte, pp. 212-225

5. March 2 The Exilic Prophets: Ezekiel and Deutero-Isaiah

Pass out the questions for the reflection paper

Reading Assignment

  • Ezekiel and Isiah 40-55
  • Collins, pp. 353-377, 379-400
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 173-177, 192-200
  • Patte, pp. 195-200, 234-252

6. March 9 No Class

7. March 16 The Postexilic Prophets

The reflection paper due

Reading Assignment

  • Isaiah 56-66; Zechariah; Malachi
  • Collins, pp. 401-424
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 245-250
  • Patte, pp. 201-206, 318-328

8. March 23 Midterm Examination and Introduction to Wisdom Literature

Reading Assignment

  • Murphy, pp. 1-14

9. March 30 Wisdom I: Proverbs

Reading Assignment

  • Proverbs
  • Collins, pp. 487-504
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 153-160
  • Patte, pp. 163-174

Exegesis Paper Proposal Presentations I

10. April 6 Wisdom II: Job and Qohelet (Ecclesiastes)

Reading Assignment

  • Job and Qohelet (Ecclesiastes)
  • Collins, pp. 505-527
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 138-144, 161-163
  • Patte, pp. 141-150, 175-179

Exegesis Paper Proposal Presentations II

11. April 13 No Class; Reading Week

12. April 20 Ruth and Esther

Reading Assignment

  • Ruth and Esther
  • Collins, pp. 529-551
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 84-90, 131-137
  • Patte, pp. 86-91, 135-140

Exegesis Paper Proposal Presentations III

13. April 27 Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature

Reading Assignment

  • Daniel
  • Collins, pp. 553-580
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 201-206
  • Patte, pp. 253-261

14. May 4 Psalms

Reading Assignment

  • Selected Psalms
  • Collins, pp. 461-486
  • Newsom and Ringe, pp. 145-152
  • Patte, pp. 151-162
  • Crenshaw, pp. 1-12

15. May 11 Final Examination  

  • Exegetical Paper Due

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