General Objective: To carefully read the books that are object of this Course, sensitive to both a historical-critical and a literary approach but focused on a theological understanding of the texts.
Course Outline: Pentateuch. 1. Introduction to the Pentateuch: The Pentateuch within the Bible. Who wrote the Pentateuch, for whom, when, why? The literary genres in the Pentateuch. 2. A reading of the Pentateuch: A child is born (Gn. 1-2); A child is lost (Gn. 3-11): A child is promised (Gn. 12-50); A child is born (Ex. 1-18); At Sinai (Ex. 19-Nm. 10); 11 days and another 40 years (Nm. 10-21); At Moab (Nm. 22-Dt. 34). Historical Books: 1. Introduction to the Historical Books: Reading the Historical Books within the Bible. Who wrote the Historical Books, for whom, when, why? The literary genres in the Historical Books. 2. A reading of the Historical Books: From life to death (Jos. to 2Ks.); Grace and new life (1Chr. to Neh.); Heroes of the faith (from Tb. to 2Macc.).
Textbook: Ska, Jean-Louis. 2006. Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. Bibliography: Blenkinsopp, Joseph. 2007. The Pentateuch. London: Yale University Press; 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; von Rad, Gerhard. 2001. Old Testament Theology: The Theology of Israel’s Historical Traditions. Translated by David Stalker. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.