Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (OT) - BS5100

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Professor

Brandon R. GrafiusAssistant Professor of Biblical Studies
James WaddellAssociate Professor of Biblical Studies

This is a general introductory course to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). The student will learn to use various methodologies to explore the diverse origins of the traditions of ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism and how these traditions came to be written in the Hebrew Bible. By making use of the results of current archaeological and comparative studies, significant attention is placed on the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East and their impact on the development of the Hebrew Bible. Special attention will be given to the problem of developing the student’s research and writing skills using historical analysis and specific, detailed elements of biblical exegesis. The course includes lectures, discussions, and prepared slides. Course requirements include reading the Hebrew Bible and selections from texts of various ancient Near Eastern cultures.