FALL TERM 2012 COURSE SYLLABUS Department: Biblical Studies Course Title: Pentateuch Course Number: OT 625 Credit Hours: 3 Dr. Erika Moore Worthington, Pa. 16262 (724) 543-9145 firstname.lastname@example.org I. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide the student with a broad introduction to the history of salvation as expressed in the Pentateuch. It explores the content, major themes and theology of the Pentateuch with special attention to the relationship of the Pentateuch to Jesus Christ. Our interaction with the Pentateuch is intended not only to increase the student's knowledge, but also encourage spiritual growth and skill in using the Pentateuch in one's personal life and ministry. After a brief survey of pentateuchal scholarship and a discussion of the interpretive issues surrounding the Pentateuch, we will work our way systematically through the Pentateuch, following the narrative from creation to the calling of Abraham to the establishment of the nation of Israel to the Plains of Moab where the nation of Israel readies itself for the conquest of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. Lectures, discussions, and media will be used to discuss historical, literary, theological, syntactical and linguistic details of selected passages to illustrate the chosen passage’s contribution to the message of the Pentateuch and the broader canon. II. COURSE GOALS,OBJECTIVES, AND OUTCOMES GOALS: By the end of this class, students will: Gain a working knowledge of the history, major themes, and content of the Pentateuch. This includes a basic understanding of each book's historical background, content, and message. Gain a familiarity with the historical, geographical and cultural ancient Near Eastern context of the Pentateuch. Appreciate the unity of the Pentateuch and its place in redemptive history. Gain facility at interpreting and applying the Pentateuch within a redemptive-historical context Appreciate the relevance of the Pentateuch for teaching, preaching, and Christian living. OBJECTIVES: In order to achieve these goals, students will: Read, summarize, and evaluate a major OT theologian. Develop the skill to identify major persons, places and events in the ANE and Pentateuch. Develop the ability to communicate the richness of the Pentateuch in a ministry setting. OUTCOMES: As a result of this class, students will: Be able to identify major persons, places, and events in the ANE and Pentateuch. Preach and teach from the Pentateuch with biblical-theological sensitivity and clarity. The learning outcomes for Trinity School for Ministry are: The student will recognise and identify the biblical theology evident in the course work. The student will be able to articulate an Anglican understanding of biblical, historical, systematic, and pastoral theology. The student will be able to effectively communicate the Christian message to a diversity of people in order to advance the mission of God. The student will be prepared to effectively lead in a variety of Christian communities. This course furthers all four of these goals, but it will make a particular contribution in helping students to articulate a biblical theological understanding of the OT (1) and effectively communicate an often ignored and/or misunderstood portion of Scripture (the Pentateuch) to a diversity of people in diverse ministry settings (3,4). Assessment of Learning Outcomes: o Weekly Quizzes o Participation in weekly Class Conversations o Book Review o Teaching Outline OR Exegesis Project III. TEXTBOOKS Required: Our main textbook will be the Old Testament. Use a reliable English translation (not a paraphrase) of the OT such as ESV, RSV, NASB, NIV, or NKJV. We have a significant amount of reading to do. Familiarizing ourselves with the text of the Pentateuch is necessary if we are to develop our appreciation for the big redemptive picture that unfolds in the Bible. This in turn will help us appreciate how the Pentateuch gives Christians the bearings to understand where we come from and where we are going. Clines, D.J.A. The Theme of the Pentateuch. 2Nded. JSOTSup 10. Sheffield JSOT Press, 1997. ISBN: 978-1-85075-792-4 $49.95 Wenham, Gordon. A Guide to the Pentateuch. Exploring the Old Testament 1. Downers Grove, IL.Intervarsity Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-083082551-6 $19.30 Recommended: Alexander, Desmond and David W. Baker. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. InterVarsity Press, 2003. Longman, Tremper III. Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1998. Walton, John H. Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. Wright, Christopher J. H. Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 1992. IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING SYSTEM Assignment One: Read through [or, listen to on tape/CD] the Pentateuch 3 times and submit a signed statement indicating how many times you read through the Pentateuch. The three readings/listenings are to be done between the posting of this syllabus [July 5, 2012] and Friday October 26, 2012. [10%] Assignment Two: Read D.J. Clines’ The Theme of the Pentateuch and write a seven-page book review. In the first three pages write a brief summary of Clines’ major points. For the last four pages write a critical analysis of particular features of his discussion that you found interesting, helpful, or troublesome. Due: Friday, September 21, 2012 (before the beginning of class). [20%] N.B. Please stick to the page limits. I will not read beyond page 8. Assignment Three: Teaching Outline. A detailed teaching outline for an adult education class/Youth Group or other targeted group on one of the five books of the Pentateuch. Assume class members are not new to Bible study. Produce a plan for twelve lessons that covers the entire book. Write a synopsis for each of the twelve lessons that includes enough content for me to grasp what you intend to teach the class. Remember: no synagogue synopsis. How do you teach this portion of the Pentateuch in light of the redemption accomplished by Jesus? OR Exegesis Paper: A 20-25 page paper on a passage in the Pentateuch. If you choose this option, make sure you inform me of the passage by October 12, 2012. For both the teaching outline and exegesis paper, Research Expectations Include: that you have used at least four commentaries in your paper. Demonstrate that you have used at least three monographs or journal articles. Demonstrate that you have used at least two biblical dictionary/encyclopedia articles. The teaching outline paper should be between 25-35 pages/the exegesis paper should be between 20-25 pages. Both are due by 12 noon on Friday December 14, 2012. Late papers will be assessed a penalty of one full letter grade. [50%] Assignment Four: Weekly timeline and geography quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped before averaging quiz grades. [20%] N.B. Your final grade may be affected by class attendance and participation. V. CLASS SCHEDULE September 7 Introduction to the OT and the Pentateuch September 14 The Theme of the Pentateuch Read Wenham, xiii-xv, 1-7, 145-158, 187-195 Quiz: Timeline September 21 Genesis 1-11 Read Wenham, 9-34; Walter C. Kaiser Jr. The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant? (Downers Grove: IVP, 2001, pp.53-83 [on Edv. 360]. Quiz: ANE Geography September 28 Genesis 12-50: Patriarchal narratives Read Wenham, 35-56 Quiz: Palestine October 5 Exodus: Israel in Egypt Read Wenham, 57-80; T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker. “Egypt, Egyptians” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IVP, 2003), pp. 207-214 [on Edv. 360] Quiz: Professor's Choice October 12 Exodus: Israel at Sinai Read: Tremper Longman. Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), pp.103-136 [on Edv. 360] Quiz: Professor's Choice October 19: No Class Reading Week October 26 Exodus: Israel at Sinai continued Quiz: Professor's Choice November 2 Leviticus 1-10: Sacrifices and priestly regulations Read Wenham, 81-101 Quiz: Professor's Choice November 9 Leviticus 11-26 : Laws of purity and holiness; Feasts and Special Days Read: T.D. Alexander. From Paradise to the Promised Land (Carlisle,Pa.: Paternoster, 2002), pp. 204-234 [on Edv. 360] Quiz: Professor's Choice November 16 Numbers 1-25: The first generation Read Wenham, 103-122 Quiz: Professor's Choice November 23 No class: Thanksgiving Break November 30 Numbers 26-36: The second generation Read: T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker. “Numbers, Book of” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IVP, 2003), pp.611618 [on Edv. 360] Quiz: Professor's Choice December 7 Deuteronomy: Moses’ farewell address Read Wenham, 123-143 Quiz: Professor's Choice December 14 The eschatological outlook of Deuteronomy Quiz: Professor's Choice VII. Grading System: The following is offered as a guide, rather than a set of rules. B: Work will demonstrate broad (sufficient information is covered) and deep (supporting material is offered) coverage of the material. Information will be accurate and there will be a clear and coherent structure. Coverage of the material and comments will be reasonably competent without being exceptional. . C: Work will demonstrate reasonable coverage of the material but will lack breadth and depth of analysis. There will not be serious inadequacies in the information presented, but the overall structure will be characteristically unclear, narrow, and shallow and void of imaginative and interesting analysis. D: Work will be notably defective according to the criteria outlined above. F: Work will demonstrate a complete failure on the part of its author to interact with the material in accordance with criteria outlined above. A: Work will demonstrate exceptional coverage of the material. What distinguishes work in this category from a “B” is the author’s ability to develop the material in breadth and depth beyond what is necessary for a good understanding of it. The author will engage with the material in a way that is often though not always marked by creativity, exceptional insight, and/or extensive research.