To read carefully the books that are the object of this Course, sensitive to both a historical-critical and a literary approach but focused on a theological understanding of the texts.
Pentateuch. 1. What is the Pentateuch? 2. Book of Genesis. A. The great prologue: Genesis 1-50: a. The universal history of the world: Genesis 1-11. B. The promises to the patriarchs: Genesis 12-50. 3. Book of Exodus. B. The birth of Israel: Exodus 1-18. C. Israel at Sinai: Exodus 19-Numbers 10: a. First stage: Exodus 19-24. b. Second stage: Exodus 25-40. 4. Book of Leviticus. c. Third stage: Leviticus 1-27. 5. Book of Numbers. d. Fourth stage: Numbers 1-10:10. D. 11 days and another 40 years: Numbers 10-21. E. Israel in Moab: Numbers 22-Deuteronomy 34. a. First stage: Numbers 22-34. 6. Book of Deuteronomy. b. Second stage: Deuteronomy 1-11. c. Third stage: Deuteronomy 12-26. d. Fourth stage: Deuteronomy 27-34. Historical Books: 1. Introduction to the Historical Books. a. Reading the Historical Books within the Bible. b. Who wrote the Historical Books, for whom, when, why? c. The literary genres in the Historical Books. 2. A reading of the Historical Books. a. From life to death: Jos. to 2Ks. b. Grace and new life: 1Chr. to Neh. c. Heroes of the faith: from Tb. to 2Macc. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Have a greater appreciation of how the Bible functions in the life of the Church; be able to read, analyse and derive the theological and spiritual sense of these Old Testament texts; be able to perceive how the Gospels and entire New Testament are woven from the language of the Old.
Ska, Jean-Louis. 2006. Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. Bibliography: Brueggemann, Walter. 2010. Old Testament Theology: An Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon Press; Childs, Brevard. 2011. Biblical Theology of The Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on The Christian Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press; Pardes, Ilana. 2000. The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible. Berkeley: University of California Press; Scarlata, Mark. 2018. The Abiding Presence: A Theological Commentary on Exodus. London: SCM; von Rad, Gerhard. 2001. Old Testament Theology: The Theology of Israel’s Historical Traditions. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.