Jul 17, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 555 - Introduction to 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.

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 6 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the history (major time periods), literature (genres), and theologies of the Old Testament, as well as 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.”
  • Study the ways in which the Old Testament is used as Scripture within the Catholic community.

Credits: 3

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