Spring Term 2021
April 12, 2021 - June 26, 2021
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1.) HEB500 - Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) - A competent understanding of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is crucial for seminary students and ordained ministers. Learning a hermeneutic for appropriate exegesis, preaching, and teaching is also paramount. Comprehending the formation and development of the Hebrew Scriptures – as well as the key theological constructs found within the texts – will inform how Judaism developed, as well as, how Christianity and Islam were also influenced as later world religions.
This course provides an overview of the diverse genres of literature contained within the Hebrew Bible as well as an introduction to its modern critical study. There are also key Hebrew words, terms, constructs, and paradigms, which will shed light and deepen our study of Tanakh.
Selected passages drawn from the mythological, imaginative, prophetic, and cultic strata of Tanakh are examined with certain detail, emphasizing the nuanced understanding of the passages as directed to the original audience and within their historical and literary contexts. This is essential in order to appropriate the accurate interpretations and significance the Jewish faith found in the texts rather than how other religions or individuals choose to.
Students will study a variety of key passages biblical and extrabiblical Judaic sources in order to develop interpretative skills.
Text: "An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (3rd Ed.)" (W. Brueggemann & T. Linafelt)
Day & Time: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm EST
Professor: The Rev. Dr. Daniel Medina, D.Min.
Course Group: Scriptural Studies
CEUs: 18.0 for Students | 3.0 for Auditors
Note: Registration for the course ends on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.
Note: All classes are 11-weeks and fully online.
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR THOSE SEEKING CEUs: If you are seeking CEUs, then you can enroll as a Student or Auditor. Students must follow the Professor's attendance policy, submit required assignments and receive a passing grade. Auditors must simply follow the Professor's attendance policy.
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