Religious Studies 380

RELN 380: Old Testament Topics

Prerequisite: RELN 200 or RELN 202

Credit Hours: (3)

This course concentrates on one segment, a particular genre, or a specific issue, to advance the student's knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament. Representative topics include law and covenant, narrative analysis of the Old Testament, wisdom literature, and the prophets. This course may be taken up to three times with a different topic each time.


Detailed Description of the Content of the Course

This course will deal with advanced Old Testament study. In some cases it will deal with certain topics which may be studied throughout the Hebrew Bible. At other times it will deal with sections, such as the Kethuvim or the Apocrypha. The course will involve dealing with the traditions of Israel, especially as they are seen in the Old Testament and related literature. Specific topics are to be approved for each offering by the Department Curriculum Committee. Texts to be used will vary with the topic and will be included in the student handout for the course.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of Course

The course will be conducted on a "seminar" model. Students will study the materials and will be required to discuss these in the classroom setting.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students should learn the techniques and methods of study which scholars have applied to the Hebrew Bible and related literature.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include oral presentations, exams, and a term paper.


Other Course Information

This course may be used to fulfill a core requirement for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors with a concentration in religious studies, or to fulfill a department elective for all Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

June 1991 None Charles D. Taylor
May 1994 Course information clarified Kim J. Kipling
May 1995 Catalog entry revised. Kim J. Kipling
January 27, 1997 Number change Prerequisite change Approved by VPAA
April 17, 1998 Reviewed Kim Kipling
September 25, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling