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RELS211 - Introduction to the Old Testament

Course Details

Course Code: RELS211 Course ID: 3635 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course acquaints students with the content and major themes of the Old Testament and familiarizes them with important contemporary scholarship which helps to illuminate the biblical documents. Course content explores the socio-political and religious forces that shape the thirty nine books of the Old Testament and examines the enduring significance of their diverse messages.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Identify the unique structure and themes found in the 39 books that comprise the formation of the Hebrew Bible and the establishment of the Old Testament set against the historical and cultural settings of the Ancient Near East.
CO2: Summarize the social, political, geographical, and religious mileu which gave birth to the Hebrew Scriptures.
CO3: Evaluate contemporary methodologies and tools employed by scholars in the study of the Old Testament including source criticism, the historical-critical method (JEDP), tradition criticism, redaction criticism, literary, and canonical applications used in the interpretation of the Bible.
CO4: Analyze the advancement of Old Testament studies as revealed by contemporary discoveries made through, but not limited to archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, history, and theology.
CO5: Demonstrate the application of course principles through the academic study of one (1) of the Books of the Old Testament.

Book Title: The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: Coogan, Michael
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9780195305050
Book Title: The Oxford Bible Commentary - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: Barton, John
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198755005
Book Title: Ancient Israelite And Early Jewish Literature, 10th revised - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: Vriezin, T.C.
Publication Info: Brill Academic
ISBN: 9789004141810
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: ERESERVE NOTE

Book Title:The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780195305050
Author:Coogan, Michael
Unit Cost:$9.61
Book Title:The Oxford Bible Commentary - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780198755005
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Barton, John
Unit Cost:$42.43
Book Title:Ancient Israelite And Early Jewish Literature, 10th revised - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9789004141810
Publication Info:Brill Academic
Author:Vriezin, T.C.
Unit Cost:$82.98
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.