Apr 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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TH 555 - The Old Testament

An introduction to the books, and significant passages, of the Old Testament, to the historical and religious background of its text, to the study of the methods of its interpretation, and to Catholic teaching on the relationship of the Old testament to the New Testament.

Course Learning Objectives
  • Describe the history (major time periods), literature (genres), and theologies of the Old Testament, as well as modern methods for studying them.
  • Explain the meanings of these ancient Israelite sacred texts by learning to discriminate among the literary, social, and religious dimensions of the texts.
  • Demonstrate the method of “close reading” of particular passages in the Old Testament, with special attention to genre, using relevant secondary sources.
  • Explain the ways that the canon of the Old Testament is joined with the New Testament as “The Bible” and some ways in which the Old Testament has been and might be used as Scripture within the Catholic community.
  • Display critical thinking and communication skills through formal writing assignments and discussion opportunities.

Credits: 3

Offered: Every Term

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