COS 211 – Hebrew Bible I

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Siliveinusi Moala Tiueti, Ph.D

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Course Description

This course interprets the developing institutions and traditions of Israel and examines the varying ways in which the Hebrew people understood critical events of their history as acts of God. Attention is given to the earliest covenants, to the Exodus, rise of the monarchy, and other events leading up to the eighth-century prophets.

Course Objectives

  1. Formation of historical overview of the life and faith of ancient Israel.
  2. Exegesis of selected passages that illustrate crucial turning points in the history of Israel.
  3. Correlation of exegesis with its utilization in preaching and other pastoral functions.
  4. Reflection upon ways in which God has been in work in the lives of people in these biblical materials.
  5. Ongoing development of an exegetical methodology.
  6. Application of these studies to the concerns and issues of the present day.

Required Textbooks

NRSV Study Bible, either Harper Collins Study Bible or New Oxford Annotated Bible.

John J. Collins. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.

Terence E. Fretheim. The Pentateuch. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.

Optional Textbooks

James L. Mays., editor. Harper’s Bible Commentary. Revised edition. San Francisco: Harper, 2000.

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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