The goal of this course is to introduce students to the reading of the Pentateuch and to get to know the over-arching narrative content in order to uncover major theological themes contained therein and to explore the development of those themes taking into account the historical context of these writings. The Christian interpretation of these writings will not be neglected.
1. What is the Pentateuch? 2. Book of Genesis a. The great prologue: Genesis 1-50 i. The universal history of the world: Genesis 1-11 ii. The promises to the patriarchs: Genesis 12-50 3. Book of Exodus b. The birth of Israel: Exodus 1-18 c. Israel at Sinai: Exodus 19-Numbers 10 i. First stage: Exodus 19-24 ii. Second stage: Exodus 25-40 4. Book of Leviticus iii. Third stage: Leviticus 1-27 5. Book of Numbers iv.. Fourth stage: Numbers 1-10:10 d. 11 days and another 40 years: Numbers 10-21 e. Israel in Moab: Numbers 22-Deuteronomy 34 i. First stage: Numbers 22-34 6. Book of Deuteronomy ii. Second stage: Deuteronomy 1-11 iii. Third stage: Deuteronomy 12-26 iv. Fourth stage: Deuteronomy 27-34
Textbook: B. A. Anderson An Introduction to the study of the Pentateuch (T & T Clark, 2017) Bibliography: W. Brueggemann. Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997). B. Childs. Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (SCM, 1992). I. Pardes, The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (University of California Press, 2000). J-L. Ska, Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch, (Eisenbrauns, 2006).
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: a) understand the major themes and narrative flow of the Pentateuch, b) be able to read and interpret texts from the Pentateuch within their historical, literary and theological contexts, and c) examine some of the major theological themes of the Pentateuch within the context of the Christian Bible.