Pentateuch

Course Description

This course is an introduction and survey of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Reading and understanding the Pentateuch is essential to having a firm grasp of the story, history, and theology of both the Jewish Bible and New Testament. Throughout emphasis will be placed on the connectedness of the biblical history, text, theology, and story of the Pentateuch with the remain books of the Scripture.

Learning Objectives

Reading the Bible is both a science and an art. It requires a knowledge of both the whole as well as the books, sections, paragraphs, and sentences of any given text under investigation. We will look at the Pentateuch from three perspectives: the world behind-the-text, the world in-the-text, and the world before-the-text. We will discuss various methods and approaches to studying Scripture. This course is designed to discuss essential matters of introduction and to offer a strategy, method, and framework for approaching the study of the Pentateuch.

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Course Outline

Class 1-2: Introduction to the Pentateuch
Course Overview, The Pentateuch: A) Its Names, Scope, Significance, and Content; B) Its Author, Origin, and Sources; C) Its Unity, Structure, and Literary Composition; D) Its Genres and Reading Strategy; E) Its History and Historicity; and F) Its Story and Theology

Class 3: Introduction to Genesis
Significance, issues, structure, unity, themes, theology, and a chapter-by-chapter survey

Class 4: Introduction to Exodus
Significance, issues, structure, unity, themes, theology, and a chapter-by-chapter survey

Class 5: Introduction to Leviticus
Significance, issues, structure, unity, themes, theology, and a chapter-by-chapter survey

Class 6: Introduction to Numbers
Significance, issues, structure, unity, themes, theology, and a chapter-by-chapter survey

Class 7: Introduction to Deuteronomy
Significance, issues, structure, unity, themes, theology, and a chapter-by-chapter survey

Class 8: The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
Intertextuality, reading and interpreting the New Testament in light of its use of the OT

Requirements

Completion of all weekly assignments

A study Bible is helpful. Good study Bible are the ESV Study Bible and the Harper Collins NRSV Study Bible.

Bring a notebook for note taking and a folder for holding course notes and handouts.

Internet access is very helpful. Copies will be kept at a minimum. Course notes will be posted to the web site (www.sacrapagina.com). Please check the site weekly for the notes before coming to class. If there are any special topics or questions you would like to discuss, please let me know.

Assignments

Read or listen to the entire Pentateuch at least one time. You will be asked if you have read the Pentateuch along with your signature. This counts for 30% of your grade.

Complete weekly worksheets. Each week you will have several questions related to the upcoming lesson to answer. I will simply check that you have completed each assignment. This counts for 70% of your grade.

Attendance to each class is mandatory. Please read and follow New Life’s summer attendance policy. We will cover much material. If you exceed the maximum amount of allowed absences, then you cannot receive credit for this course.

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