Class Schedule

Intro. to the Hebrew Bible

Topics Assigned Readings
Subject 1:
Intro. to the study of the Bible
English versions of the Bible
Intro. to computer use for this course
e-mail
listserv
World Wide Web
Frick: Ch. 1
Assignment:
Get e-mail and network accounts.
Web: Find course Home Page
Subject 2:
Canon
concept of scripture
Text Criticism
problems approaching the material
methodology
Geography
maps
political context of ancient Israel
Archaeology
Historical problems
Time Line
Frick: Chs 2-3
Web: Books in the Christian Bible by Genre
Web: Text and Canon of the Hebrew Bible
Web: Textual Criticism course at Brown
Web: Archaeology course at Penn
Web: Abbreviated Time Line
Assignment:
Do text criticism exercise from Textual Criticism site.
Subject 3:
Torah (Pentateuch)
Authorship and literary history
various theories
Flood Story
Frick: Ch. 4
Bible: Gen. 6
Web: The Story of Noah, Marked According to Source
Student Papers:
Subject 4:
Several Genesis Stories
Myth
Creation
Adam and Eve
Frick: Ch. 5
Bible: Gen. 1-5
Web: Lilith traditions
Student Papers:
Subject 5:
Patriarchal traditions
Marriage and Family life
Frick: Ch. 6
Bible: Gen. 12-50
Web: Marriage contracts
Student Papers:
Subject 6:
Exodus
dating
law, covenant
treaty forms
Frick: Ch. 7
Bible: Exo. 1-15, Deut. 21-30
Web: Ancient Near Eastern Treaties
Student Papers:
Subject 7:
Historiography
Special problems in Judges
Frick: Ch. 8
Bible: Judges
Web: Ancient Near Eastern Religions
Subject 8:
The Monarchy
The Deuteronomist
The Chronicler
Maccabees
Frick: Chs. 9-10
Bible: selections from Samuel and Kings
Break
Subject 9:
Prophecy and Prophets
Nature of prophecy
Prophetic experience
Prophetic communities
Pre-exilic prophets
Frick: Ch. 11
Bible: Amos, Hosea, selections from Isaiah 1-39
Web: some prophecies
Student Papers:
Subject 10:
Post-exilic prophets
Interpretation of prophecy
Frick: Ch. 12
Bible: selections from Jeremiah & Isaiah 40-66
Student Papers:
Subject 11:
Poetry
Psalms
Song of Songs
Frick: Ch. 13
Bible: Psalms 1, 22, 23, 25, 110, 137, 150, 151; Song of Songs
Web: Song of Songs Interpretation Samples
Student Papers:
Subject 12:
3 Stories About Women
Gender roles
Frick: Ch. 14
Bible: Ruth, Esther, Judith
Web: selections from Diotima
Student Papers:
Subject 13:
Wisdom Literature
Job
Qohelet
ben Sira
Frick: Ch. 15
Bible: Ecclesiastes, Selections from Job & ben Sira, Daniel 1-6
Student Papers:
Subject 14:
Apocalyptic
Daniel
4 Ezra
Overflow
Frick: Ch. 16
Bible: Daniel 7-12
Web: selections from 4 Ezra
Student Papers:
Final Exam

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Last Modified Feb. 6, 2003
by Alan Humm