This course aims to further student competence in the interpretation of the texts of the Old Testament. It presupposes knowledge of the basic steps of exegesis (as introduced in BIBL 503) and a growing awareness of the history of criticism (BIBL 600). It also presupposes a sound grasp of elementary Hebrew and a desire to move forward with more advanced Hebrew reading.
The textual focus of the class will be on the book of Joshua, especially the first eleven chapters. The book of Joshua provides ample opportunity to explore the complex intersection of issues related to history, literature, ethics, and theology that confront interpreters.
Each weekly class will consist first of student presentations that delve into a topic of the student’s choosing and relevant to the texts of the day (the student is encouraged to confer with the professor regarding the topic[s] being considered). There will then follow a mixture of lecture and discussion, leading on to conclusions about the contemporary implications of Joshua for Christians.
NOTE: This course has a maximum enrollment of 20 students.
To get into a priority enrollment course, you must register by the early registration deadline (see Important Dates ); during the registration process, REGIS will prompt you to fill out a Priority Enrollment Course Request form online. Class lists will be determined within a week after the early registration deadline, and you will be notified by email shortly thereafter. First priority will be given to students who need a course for the program to which they have been admitted, and who have registered by the early registration deadline.