Course Summary

A study of the texts of Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Isaiah, Obadiah, Job, Ruth, and Chronicles

The overarching goal for this course is that the student will attain proficiency in applying exegetical and hermeneutical principles and use those skills in the future. Primary attention is given to historico-grammatical exegesis and underlying theological and historical significance of select biblical books. The course is organized in five modules: (1) Exodus, (2) Joshua and Judges, (3) Isaiah and Obadiah, (4) Job and Ruth, and (5) Chronicles. The course is intended for the upper division B.R.S. student. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit. Prerequisite: BRS 19.


After completing the course, the student should be able to

• Apply exegetical principles

• Apply hermeneutical principles

• Articulate how wisdom advocated in Job contrasts with that of Job's friends

• Detect messianic themes in Isaiah

• Question the basic problem of Job and the solution

• Evaluate the design and function of the tabernacle

• Demonstrate collegiate level writing skill

• Demonstrate a sense of community with fellow students

• Explain why the Old Testament is historically and theologically significant

• Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, political, religious, and social backgrounds to biblical books that belong to the books in each module.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the primary message of the books studied

• Identify how the messages of the books apply today

Credit. Credit for the course requires

• A score of 70% or greater on five multiple choice examinations. The final grade will be an average of these exams, with each exam being valued at 20 percent..

• An approved 1,000 word exegesis paper, plus three additional shorter papers on select topics.. A numerical score for the writing assignment will not be averaged into the final grade.

• Fifteen forum postings are required but are not averaged into the final grade.

A sample exam problem is given below.

The book of Joshua is organized (A) around central events that describe how Canaan was possessed by Israel, (B) chronologically, giving fairly equal space to each of two phases in the leader's life, (C) topically according to major subjects such as the role of priests, prophets, and judges.

Resources. Bible in any English translation. The New International Version is preferred.

Amit, Yairah. Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible. Fortress Press, 2001. 204 pages.$25. ISBN—13:978-0800632809

Dorsey, David A. The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi. Baker Academic,2004. 330 pages. $32.14. ISBN—13:978-0801027932

Access to commentaries is expected. A list of recommended commentaries, with appropriate substitutes for hard copy and online reading, are found under Extended Resources on the Course Menu.