Course descriptions of new courses (NT 571/871 and OT 561/861): please see Course Descriptions below.
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OT 011 Hebrew Lab: Each student who registers for either OT 011 S1 or OT 011 S2 needs to also register for one of the Friday OT 011 Labs (S1LAB, S2LAB, S3LAB, or S4LAB)
Distance Education courses offered: PTC 151 and PTC 261 (see course schedule below). For more information or any questions about purchasing course packet materials for these courses, please email: email@example.com
First day of classes: Sept. 8, 2011
Last day of classes: Dec. 2, 2011
Updated as of September 20th,2011
Updated as of August 25th,2011
Course Descriptions of new courses:
NT 571/871 Exegesis ofJames
- To interpret James in its original, redemptive-historical, and canonical context
- To read (and understand) the Greek of James
- To appreciate how James uniquely contributes to our understanding of the early church, the New Covenant, and the Christian life.
Topics covered include prolegomena (especially genre and social setting), James as wisdom teacher, the relationship between James and the teaching of Jesus, ethics and the role of the law, the nature of Christian suffering, and the theology and eschatology of James.
OT 561/861 The Suffering Servant
- To engage in a grammatical-historical reading of Isaiah’s servant poems (Isa 42:1-9; 49:1-12, 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12) in the context of the finished book of Isaiah.
- To review the history of Jewish and Christian interpretation of these chapters with particular attention to early interpretive tendencies in subsequent Hebrew, AAramaic, and Greek texts (including the New Testament).
- To investiAgate the contribution of these poems to the motif of the “suffering righteous/righteous sufferer” in the OT and early Judaism.
- To assess the import of these poems for the construction of a Christian theology of atonement.
Topics covered include hermeneutical and critical issues in the interpretation of the servant poems, the task and identity of the servant figure, OT conceptions of righteousness and suffering in contexts of exile and restoration, vicarious suffering, representation, and messianism.