7.1 Old Testament
7.1.1 Masters Level...
7.1.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level
Courses

7.1.1 Masters Level Courses


OT 011, 012, 013 Biblical Hebrew 1, 2 and 3 (formerly Elements of Hebrew a)
Purpose:

  • To teach students elements of the Hebrew language
  • To expose the student to a significant amount of biblical Hebrew through extensive translation of portions of the Hebrew Bible 
  • To prepare the student for further exegetical work in Old Testament courses

Topics covered include orthography, phonemics, morphology, and syntax. The third semester is devoted to extensive reading and translation of narrative and poetic materials from the Hebrew Bible.

These courses are available in three instructional sequences. The “Traditional” sequence comprises fall semester, winter term, and spring semester, three hours each. The “Summer” sequence comprises two summer terms (late June/early July and late July/early August) and one fall semester, three hours each. The “Extended” sequence comprises fall semester, spring semester and either (a) late May/June term or (b) the following fall semester, three hours each. Summer, winter and late May/June terms are intensive courses comparable to a full-time academic load. Students must begin with the first course in the sequence they choose. See section 6.1 Placement/Competency Exams: Greek and Hebrew. Auditing not permitted. Mrs. Groves, Mr. Fantuzzo, Mr. Kelly.

OT 113 Old Testament Introduction
Purpose:

  • To introduce students to the complex hermeneutical, theological,  and doctrinal issues surrounding Old Testament interpretation

Topics covered include the history of the Hebrew text; the use of the Old Testament in the Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, and New Testament; the major critical methods and postmodern interpretation; and Biblical Theology. Prerequisite, OT 011, or equivalent, completed or in progress.
  Spring semester, three hours. Mr. Fantuzzo.

OT 131 Biblical Theology I
Purpose:

  • To show how responsible interpretation and application of any biblical text does not begin with the question “How do I apply this passage to my life?” but with “How does this passage connect to the great narrative of redemption which climaxes in the gospel, the story of Christ, and his people?”

Topics covered include the nature of the Bible and its coherence; continuities and discontinuities in various major themes, such as the kingdom of God, definitions of the people of God, the Spirit and the New Covenant; the centrality of the gospel in application. Not available to M.Div. or M.A.R. students.
  Fall semester, three hours. Mr. Green.

OT 141 Old Testament for Ministry
Purpose:

  • To expose the student to specific interpretive issues in Old Testament historical, prophetic and wisdom books
  • To demonstrate how Old Testament historical, prophetic and wisdom books are to be interpreted and applied in light of the gospel
  • To engage in close reading and apply to specific books the principles of biblical-theological interpretation learned in Biblical Theology I and Biblical Theology II

Topics covered include redemptive-historical interpretation and the question of application; critique of various popular methods of application of biblical material; the nature of biblical history-writing; the office, function, and theology of the prophet in the Old Testament; understanding wisdom literature in light of the gospel; the specific theologies and redemptive-historical trajectories of several specific biblical books; and the use of the Old Testament in ministry. Prerequisites, OT 131. Not available to M.Div. or M.A.R. students.
  Fall semester, three hours. Mr. Kelly.

OT 211 Old Testament History and Theology I
Purpose:

  • To provide an introduction to the theology of the Pentateuch 
  • To engage in the exegesis of selected passages from the Pentateuch with particular attention to their relationship to ancient Near Eastern literature, the theology of the Pentateuch as a whole, and to the history of redemption as it reaches its climax in the gospel

Topics covered include the narrative structure of the Bible, the Pentateuch and the history of redemption, Genesis 1-3 as an entry point to biblical theology, and the book of Exodus. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, three hours. Mr. Green.

OT 223 Old Testament History and Theology II
Purpose:

  • To explore the relationship among literature, history, and theology in the books of Deuteronomy through Ezra/Nehemiah
  • To provide a knowledge of the content of this section of canon 
  • To give a biblical-theological framework for applying these books in life and ministry

In addition to laying out the theology and content of each of these books, we will cover such topics as the relationship of Deuteronomy to the other books. Additional topics covered include OT historiography; OT theology; the relationship between revelation, history, and theology; and covenant. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Spring semester, three hours. Mr. Fantuzzo.


OT 311 Prophetical Books
Purpose:

  • To provide knowledge of the content of this portion of the canon
  • To study the role of the Hebrew prophets in Israelite society and the nature of Israelite prophecy 
  • To give a biblical-theological framework to understand the prophetic books in life and ministry

Topics covered include the structure, content, and theology of the prophetic books and Daniel; the ancient Near Eastern setting of prophecy; the history of interpretation of the prophetic literature; and the role of the prophets in redemptive history. A portion of the course involves seminar discussions with the professor. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT123.
  Fall semester, three hours. Mr. Kelly.

OT 323 Poetry and Wisdom
Purpose:

  • To gain a strong familiarity with the nature of Hebrew poetry
  • To explore the theological context of the wisdom books (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes), Psalms, and Song of Songs 
  • To discuss the theology of OT wisdom vis-à-vis the gospel

Topics covered include the nature and diversity of OT wisdom books; characteristics of Hebrew poetry; exegetical studies of various psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs; and wisdom and the NT. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Green.

OT 431 The Book of Psalms
See OT 731. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Green.

OT 461 Biblical and Inscriptional Aramaic  (formerly Biblical Aramaic)
See OT 761. Prerequisite, OT 013, or equivalent.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Green.

OT 473 Explorations in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
See OT 773. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Kelly.

OT 503 Bible Translation
See OT 803. Prerequisites, OT 012 or equivalent.
  Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Putnam.

OT 533 Restoration in Old Testament Interpretation
See OT 833. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Spring semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Fantuzzo.

OT 561 The Suffering Servant
See OT 861. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Fantuzzo.

OT 613 The Book of Proverbs
See OT 913. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Spring semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Putnam.

OT 623 Lamentations
See OT 923. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Fantuzzo.

OT 631 The Book of Isaiah
See OT 931. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Fantuzzo.

OT 644 Metaphor in Scripture
See OT 944. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2012-2013). Mr. Putnam.

OT 651 Ugaritic I
See OT 751. Prerequisite, OT 013, or equivalent.
   Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Green.

OT 653 Ugaritic II
See OT 753. Prerequisite, OT 651.
   Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Green.

OT 663 Judges
See OT 963. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 123.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012). Mr. Kelly.

Holy Land Studies
Students may elect to take a course for credit at the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem. For more information see Holy Land Studies in section 5.8. Course offerings are available in the Registrar’s Office.