PENTATEUCH AND HEXATEUCH Introduction PEAH BPRE 2104: PENTATEUCH AND HEXATEUCH This course surveys the Pentateuch and Historical books with emphasis on those historical events which bear upon God’s unfolding plan to save humankind. Selected themes with salvation implications are explored in a special way as books of the Old Testament are surveyed. Questions of introduction and content of the Pentateuch will be addressed with special emphasis on themes and passages of great theological import. Comparisons of the life, laws, literature, customs and institutions of Israel with those of the present day will be made. Introduction The first five books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy – are known to the Jewish people as Books of the Law. These Five Books (“Pentateuch”) have been among the most authoritative and influential religious writings in human history, and the foundation for many of the beliefs of both Jews and Christians. Here we are first introduced to the God of the entire universe, are told how that universe (and humanity) came into existence, what is broken in the human condition, how the Hebrew people were created and became God’s unique representatives on earth, and much more. This class will consider the history, structure, content and themes of the Pentateuch in a more in-depth way than in previous Old Testament survey courses.