This course represents an opportunity to take a journey through the books of Genesis to Deuteronomy. Along the way we encounter the texts and traditions which have shaped biblical faith down to the present-day stories of heroes and villains, of creation and destruction, and of promise and deceit. Later interpretations of the Pentateuch are explored in an attempt to discover how subsequent traditions have come to view the way of the Torah.
BLST 714 Psalms: The Poetry of Prayer (3)
This course offers students an encounter with the vitality of the Israelite Psalms tradition. An exploration of various critical approaches to the study of these texts is accompanied by an investigation of the ways in which the Psalms have served as a resource for subsequent theological, literary, and liturgical traditions.
BLST 719 The Latter Prophets: Isaiah Amidst the Witnesses to the Word (3)
This course allows students to gain a fuller understanding of the Latter Prophets through an encounter with the book of Isaiah. Issues explored include the ways in which Isaiah is (and is not) representative of both contemporary approaches to the Latter Prophets and the concerns, contents, and contexts of these writings. The course also affords an opportunity to explore the ways in which the reading of the Latter Prophets has informed ongoing traditions of “witnessing to the Word.”