Continuous assessment (essay & tutorials) 40%; Final examination 60%
MODULE AIM: To familiarize students with the stories of the beginnings of God’s chosen people in the Pentateuch, as well as current approaches to their interpretation for Christian theology.
--Overview of the Pentateuch
--Israel’s stories of creation and sin
--Narratives of the patriarchs and matriarchs
--Exodus liberation of the chosen people from slavery
--Foundational role of covenant in relation to God and the community
--Basis of Israel’s ethical codes
--Torah as revelation, divine word, and call
--Deuteronomy & the Deuteronomist
--Readings of key Pentateuchal texts in the New Testament
- — Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to: outline how the five Books of Moses serve as a foundational text within Judaism and Christianity; discuss Israel’s understanding of God as Creator and of the universe as creation; interpret the foundational roles of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs within the origins of the people of Israel; explain how the covenant binds God's people together, and indicate the character of Torah as revelation, divine word, and call; discuss how key Pentateuchal texts are read in the New Testament and in the lectionary; offer a close, analytical and faith-filled reading of major Pentateuchal texts.
- — KEY TEXTS: BIBLE: Genesis and Exodus.
- — Boadt, L., Reading the Old Testament. 2nd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012. [221.61 BOA]
- — Collins, J. J., Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004. [220.44 COL]
- — Sarna, N. M., Exploring Exodus. New York: Schocken, 1987. [222.1206 SAR]
- — Sarna, N. M., Understanding Genesis. New York: Schocken, 1966. [221.7 SAR]