Scripture: Old Testament (SSOT) Courses

ScSSOT 400 Reading the Old Testament (3)
The Israelites forged their identity as a people and sustained their common bonds through interaction and communication with YHWH. This course will examine the testimony of the Old Testament to this relational dynamic between YHWH, the people, and their lead¬ers through the exegesis of representative texts from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings.

SSOT 401 Biblical Hebrew (3)
The instruction addresses elements of Biblical Hebrew: alphabet, number and construct, state of nouns, conjugation of verbs, and syntax along with reading comprehension of selected biblical texts.

SSOT 406 Biblical History and Sites (3)
This course forms the educational component for the study tour of the Holy Land. It surveys the historical and archaeological sites which provide the context for both the Old and New Testaments. It includes visits to places held sacred by Christians as well as those revered by Jews and Muslims.

SSOT 410 Pentateuch (3)
The course introduces the student to the content, the traditions of interpretation, and the exegetical methods employed in the study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The themes of creating, liberating, and covenanting are emphasized.

SSOT 412 Prophetic Tradition (3)
This course studies the phenomenon of prophecy and introduces the problems relating to the composition and liter¬ary genre of selected Old Testament prophetic books. Included is an exegetical treatment of significant units. The relevance of the prophetic message in contemporary church and society is given further consideration.

SSOT 414 Wisdom Tradition (3)
This course focuses on Wisdom material of the Old Testament (especially Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth, Sirach, and Wisdom) and gives special attention to the exegesis of representative and difficult passages. The development of the Old Testament wisdom tradition in later writings including the New Testament, and the relevance of the wisdom tradition to the present is also addressed.

SSOT 416 Psalms (3)
The Psalms have formed the backbone of Jewish and Christian prayer for three thousand years. In addition to the study of selected psalms, topics include: the formation of the Psalter, various translations, the spirituality of the psalms, and the use of psalms in Christian prayer, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.

SSOT 468 Topics in Old Testament Literature (1-3)

SSOT 469 Topics in Jewish Biblical Theology (3)

SSOT 470 Independent Study (1-3)