This course offers a selective introduction to central themes and texts of the Old Testament. With a focus on the Pentateuch (Part I) and the Prophets and Writings (Part II), it aims to cultivate an appreciation of individual works and an awareness of the larger theological worldview of which they form a part. The course will form students for their continued reading of the Old Testament and will ready them to engage the New Testament with even greater vision.
Unit 1: Revelation, Scripture, and the Old Testament
- Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)
- The Old Testament Canon
- Reading and Interpreting the Old Testament
Unit 2: Genesis: Creation and the Fall
- Genesis 1:1-2:4
- Enuma Elish
- Genesis 2-11
Unit 3: Genesis: Patriarchs
- Abraham and Election (Genesis 12-22)
- Jacob (Genesis 25-33)
- Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
Unit 4: Exodus: YHWH and Passover
- YHWH (Exodus 3)
- Passover and Departure (Exodus 7-13)
Unit 5: Exodus: Covenant
- Covenant (Exodus 19, 24)
- Law (Exodus 20-23)
- Tabernacle (Exodus 25-40)
Unit 6: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- Leviticus: Purity and Sacrifice
- Numbers: Faith
- Deuteronomy: Moses and Israel
- Seven weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All lectures and supplemental readings provided online.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator-moderated chat sessions with participants in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 4 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.