The goal of this course is to introduce students to the reading of the Historical Books and to investigate their over-arching narrative content in order to uncover major theological themes contained therein and to explore the development of those themes taking into account the historical context of these books.
1. Introduction to the Historical Books. 2. Reading the Historical Books within the Jewish and Christian Canons. 3. Exegetical and theological reading of selected texts: a. From life to death: Reading Joshua to 2 Kings. b. Grace and new life: Reading 1 Chronicles to Nehemiah. c. Heroes of the faith: Reading from Tobit to 2 Maccabees.
Brueggemann, Walter. Old Testament Theology: An Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010; Childs, Brevard. Biblical Theology of The Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on The Christian Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011; von Rad, Gerhard. Old Testament Theology: The Theology of Israel’s Historical Traditions. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: a) describe the major themes and narrative flow of the Pentateuch and the Historical Books, b) be able to read and interpret texts from the Pentateuch and the Historical Books within their historical, literary and theological contexts, and c) examine some of the major theological themes of the Historic Books.