Teacher: David Moseley
Welcome to Hebrew Bible 2! This class continues to explore the discipline of academic Biblical Studies, building on the material covered in Hebrew Bible 1 – specifically, the literature of the Prophets and the miscellaneous texts in the Hebrew Sciptures referred to as the “Writings.”
The mission of the class is to nuture students toward a nuanced, critical interpretation and understanding of the texts of the Hebrew Bible. The Bible is the most widely read and influential set of texts in human history, and is really a library of many books that chronicle the stories about God’s revelation in two volumes:
I. The story of God’s covenantal relationship with the Jews in the
Hebrew Scriptures (the Tanakh or “Hebrew Bible”).
II. The life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and
and the story of his followers in the early church (the “Christian
This class is the second part of a two-part course that forms an introductory survey of the many writings compiled into the Hebrew Bible. The literature found in the Hebrew Bible was composed and edited over the course of more than a millennium. Students will be exposed to the literary genres, forms, and motifs that comprise these writings. The texts will be placed in the historical, cultural, sociological and religious milieu of their audience. Students will learn a variety of techniques which are helpful in the analysis of Biblical texts: these include analysis of form and structure, as well as genre, historical and redaction criticism. Students will be encouraged to put knowledge to use as they apply Biblical interpretation to theological construction and pastoral practice.
Students who have completed the Hebrew Bible classes will hopefully be able to:
- Distinguish between various interpretative methods used to study, examine, analyze, research, and comprehend biblical texts.
- Understand the historical context within which the religious texts of ancient Israel were created and read/heard.
- Appreciate the various literary genres found in the texts of the Hebrew Bible, and understand their functions for interpretation.
- Be aware of the social and cultural issues relevant to the formation of the texts and their ethical implications.
- Comprehend the significance, relevance, and ongoing influence of the Hebrew texts on contemporary life and debates, both inside and outside the Church.
PART I: THE PROPHETS
- Introduction to Prophetic Literature: Case Study of Jonah – September 1
- Prophets in the Torah and Historical Texts – September 8
- Amos and Hosea – September 15
4. Isaiah – September 22
- Jeremiah – September 29
- Ezekiel – October 6
- Minor Prophets: Habakkuk, Haggai, Malachi, Micah, Nahum, Obadiah & Zechariah – October 13
- Apocalyptic Prophets: Daniel, Joel and Zephaniah – October 20
PART II: THE WRITINGS
- Introduction to the “Writings” and Job – October 27
- Psalms – November 3
- Proverbs and Ecclesiastes – November 17
- Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles – December 1
FINALS DUE DATE: December 15th
PLEASE NOTE: During the Fall Semester there are no classes on November 10th due to Diocesan Convention and no classes on November 24th due to Thanksgiving.