- Identify parts and origins of the Hebrew Scriptures.
- Compare time periods in the Hebrew Scriptures and explain their significance.
- Explain how the the Hebrew Scriptures present the story of the evolution of the consciousness of humankind.
Each lesson will include a multiple-choice quiz. At the conclusion of the course, learners will be required to pass a final multiple-choice examination and submit a short essay.
Required Course Materials
- Bible (New Revised Standard Version required. New Interpreter's Study Bible, published by Abingdon, highly recommended.)
- Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, by Marcus J. Borg, published by Harper San Francsico
- Don't Know Much About the Bible, by Kenneth C. Davis, published by Perennial, a division of Harper Collins
- Lesson 1
- What is the Bible? What is your view of the Bible? Is “Hebrew Scriptures” or “Old Testament” the more correct name? What did original Bible texts look like? Who wrote the Bible? Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Kethuvim—the divisions of the Hebrew Bible)
- Lesson 2
- Overview of the historical periods of the Hebrew Scriptures—the “big picture”
- Lesson 3
- The Allegories of Genesis.; the Patriarchs—Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- Lesson 4
- From Bondage in Egypt to the Conquest of Canaan as chronicled in the Torah
- Lesson 5
- From the Judges through the United Kingdom. Wisdom Literature: Psalms and Song of Solomon
- Lesson 6
- The Kingdom divides, the Northern Kingdom is conquered, the Southern Kingdom is endangered, and major prophets emerge—Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
- Lesson 7
- The Exile and the return to Jerusalem. Ecclesiastes and Proverbs
- Lesson 8
- The Wisdom Literature, continued: Job, Ruth, Esther
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