Created by Dr. Hugh R. Page, Jr., a Notre Dame Theology Professor, this course will offer a survey of the first five books of the Old Testament, the Pentateuch, with particular emphasis placed on their theological content and scope. Special attention will be given to the implications of the multifaceted engagement of Sacred Scripture in Christian ecclesial contexts for the purposes of preaching, lay ministry, and spiritual formation. At the end of the course, participants will have gained familiarity with some of the major theological themes in each of these and a deeper appreciation of the ways in which these books have been and continue to be used in the enrichment of the Christian life of faith. The course will take students on a metaphorical pilgrimage through Scripture. In so doing, it will invite them to establish a closer kinship with the text and its characters while at the same time providing them with sustenance for the journey. A willing spirit and the ability to read, contemplate, and pray are the only pre-requisites.
Studying the Old Testament, an Overview
- The Bible as Foundation of Spirituality
- The Old Testament's Cultural Context and Setting
- Canon and Theology--Their Relationship to One Another
- Methods used in Studying the Bible
- Leviticus and Numbers
- Created by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All lecture text available online in text format.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Weekly written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Weekly facilitator-moderated chat sessions with course participants.
- All course materials available online in the course.
- Weekly reading of assigned texts from the Bible and accompanying lecture notes.
- Participation in class discussion using discussion area (minimum 2 comments, questions or responses weekly.)
- Weekly written assignment (150-200 words.)
- Weekly chat session with other course participants (attend minimum of 3 during course).
- Course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours a week (time varies from student to student depending on your learning style and schedule.)
A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.