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This course aims to provide the student to comprehend the contents of the Old Testament and to equip him to undertake a scientific study of the Old Testament with a view towards interpreting it for himself and the wider community.
The course will deal with basic concepts in the formation of the Old Testament including authorship, translation, canon formation, inspiration & the principle of biblical Hermeneutics according to the mind of the Church, and Old Testament History & Geography, and Introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
There will be some content overlap with the Introduction to the NT course.
Class Participation: 20%
Several small pieces of coursework
Final Examination: 80%
Duggan, Michael W. The Consuming Fire: A Christian Guide to the Old Testament. Updated and Revised. Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 2010.
Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Second Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
Boadt, Lawrence. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. Manila: St. Pauls,1993.
Harrington, Daniel J. Interpretation the Old Testament. Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1991.
Charpentier, Etienne. How to Read the Old Testament. London: SCM Press, 1985.
Bergsma, John, and Brant Pitre. A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2018.
Birch, Bruce C, Walter Brueggemann, Terence E. Fretheim, David L. Petersen. A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.
Walton, Robert C. A Basic Introduction to the Old Testament, eds. London: SCM Press, 1970.
Williamson, Peter S, Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture. Rome: PIB, 2001.
Benedict XVI. Verbum Domini, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. Libreria Editrice: Vaticana, 2010.
Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum. In Vatican Council II: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, edited by Austin Flannery, OP. Northport: Costello, 1996.
However, the student also will be exposed to a wide variety of literature on the subject.
To be confirmed
Fr. Ryan Innas