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2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived 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.

Prerequisites & Notes
This course is offered online as part of the Theology curriculum with monthly start dates. 

It will also be offered during the 2017 summer session with an on campus component.

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 Offered: Online; Summer 2017, Week 1

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