Old Testament and Semitics

Faculty

Chair: Kenneth Way, Ph.D.
Professors: Curtis, Hagg, Zehnder
Associate Professors: Glaser, Thigpen
Assistant Professors: D. Kim

Objectives

The department aims to acquaint students with the life, customs and thought of the Israelites and their neighbors in the biblical and related periods; and to give students an accurate foundation in Hebrew grammar, syntax and exegesis, so that their expositions of the English Bible will reflect this sound basis of interpretation. The department purposes not to be exhaustive, but rather directive in the matter of further independent study from the original languages.

Courses

TTOT 603 - Elements of Hebrew ICredits 3

Basic grammar with translation and written exercises. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 604 - Elements of Hebrew IICredits 3

Additional grammar and syntax with emphasis on reading and translation in selected biblical texts. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 603.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 607 - Hebrew Exegesis I – TorahCredits 3

Course content includes readings and exegesis from the Hebrew text of the Torah (Pentateuch) with discussion of text criticism, background issues (historical and compositional), and exegetical methodology. Special attention is given to the Torah as the legal constitution of the Nation of Israel and its implications as the foundation for Jewish life. Study will include Jewish commentaries from ancient and modern sources. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 608 - Hebrew Exegesis II – Neviim and KetuvimCredits 3

Emphasis is placed upon the Hebrew language in the Prophets and the Writings, with special attention given to key prophetic and Messianic texts that identify the Messiah and His mission to Israel. Additional discussion will focus on the use of these texts in the New Testament. The character, extent, and personalities of the Hebrew prophetic scriptures will be studied along with principles for their interpretation. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 609 - Hebrew Exegesis III - KetuvimCredits 2

Emphasis is placed upon the Hebrew language in the Writings, or Hagiographa of the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures. Special attention will be given to the characteristics and interpretation of Hebrew poetry and proverbs, along with the application of the wisdom literature of the Bible. Particular emphasis will also be given to texts that relate to the Messiah of Israel and His mission to Israel. Additional discussion will focus on the use of these texts in the New Testament. The character, extent, and authorship of this division of the Hebrew Scriptures will be studied along with principles for their interpretation. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 613 - Rabbinic Literature–Readings in Mishnah and TalmudCredits 3

Using the original Mishnaic Hebrew text, some Aramaic texts of the Talmud, and English translations of both, students will be introduced to this core literature, which shaped the thought and life of the Jewish community. The overall content of the sixty-three tractates of the Mishnah will be taught as well as the interrelatedness with the text of the New Testament. Attention will also be given to selected portions of Tosefta and Midrash. This course will assist students in acquiring knowledge of Jewish culture and history from the 3rd Century to the present through the study of the argumentation of the Talmud and the contemporary approaches to Talmudic literature. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 703 - Introduction to Hebrew ExegesisCredits 3

Emphasis on the reading and grammatical analysis of Hebrew prose texts and an introduction to exegetical methodology including text criticism and syntax. Notes: Required for M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 604 (concurrent registration permitted).
Restrictions: Must not be Sch of Humanities & Social Sci; must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 704 - Old Testament ProphecyCredits 2-3

The character, extent and personalities of Old Testament prophecy, with a treatment of principles of prophetic interpretation. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 705 - Exegesis in Genesis and Selected PassagesCredits 3

Readings and exegesis from the Hebrew text of Genesis and selected passages with discussion of text criticism, background issues (historical and compositional) and exegetical methodology. Special attention given to the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary methodologies for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 604.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 706 - Advanced Hebrew GrammarCredits 2-3

A study of the details of Hebrew grammar and syntax along with readings in the Hebrew text. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 707 - Old Testament PoetryCredits 2-3

The nature, scope and principles of Hebrew poetry in the Old Testament. Comparisons with the poetry of the ancient Near East. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 709 - Reading of Selected Psalms from the Hebrew TextCredits 2-3

Particular emphasis upon the devotional and practical values. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 604.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 715 - Studies in the History and Culture of IsraelCredits 2-3

Historical and cultural examination of a period in Israel's history (Exodus and Conquest, Judges, United Monarchy, Divided Monarchy, Judah to the Fall of Jerusalem, Post-Exilic), using available biblical and extra-biblical materials. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTBE 519.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 718 - Archaeology of IsraelCredits 2

The history of excavation, the history and geography of the land and the bearing upon the Old Testament. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 720 - Studies in Old Testament IntroductionCredits 2-3

Text, canon and examination of the foundations and conclusions of modern historical-critical methods. Special introduction of selected Old Testament books to illustrate these topics of general introduction. Notes: Required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 722 - Advanced Hebrew ReadingCredits 2,3

Selected passages of Hebrew text with emphasis on reading, translation and an exegetical project. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Two credits minimum required for M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 725 - Apocrypha and PseudepigraphaCredits 2-3

Consideration of the non-canonical literature from the period between the Testaments. Emphasis on the development of Jewish thought during the centuries before the advent of Christianity. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 730 - The Dead Sea ScrollsCredits 2-3

A survey of the discoveries, the origin of the Qumran Community, its belief and practices and the relationship of the finds to Old and New Testament studies. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 731 - Biblical AramaicCredits 3

A study of the grammar with emphasis on comparisons with Hebrew; translating the Aramaic of Daniel and Ezra. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. One Semitic language is required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 732 - Seminar in Hebrew ExegesisCredits 2-4

A consideration of selected Old Testament passages with emphasis on historical background and detailed exegesis from the Hebrew text. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 733 - Seminar in Semitic LanguagesCredits 2-3

Introductory grammatical studies in Ugaritic, Arabic, Akkadian, Syriac or Modern Hebrew; readings in ancient Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions; or other advanced Semitic studies. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. One Semitic language is required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 734 - Readings in the SeptuagintCredits 2-3

A survey of the origin, nature and value of the Greek Old Testament with a reading of selected portions and comparison with the Hebrew text. Investigation of the methods of the translators.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705; TTNT 502. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 745 - World of the Old TestamentCredits 2-3

Old Testament backgrounds, including a study of the religion, literature, geography, archaeology, and culture of Israel in its ancient Near Eastern environment. Notes: Required of M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 791 - Old Testament SeminarCredits 1-4

Supervised research of designated areas of concentration in Old Testament literature, history, interpretation or theology. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Three credits are required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level, Doctoral Level or Graduate Level.

TTOT 799 - Old Testament CapstoneCredit 1

Students will work with an OT professor, initially submitting an exegetical project on a given Hebrew passage and then revising it for resubmission based on the professor's feedback.
Notes. Required for all MA (OT) students in their final semester unless they choose to write a thesis. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Old Testament (TAOT); Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 807 - Old Testament Textual CriticismCredits 2

A study of the Masoretic notes, the parallel passages and the versions with explanation of the variations. Notes: Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 809 - Advanced Exegetical StudiesCredits 2-4

Application of exegetical methodology to selected passages from the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Special attention given to the ancient versions and to current scholarship as it relates to text, language, history and interpretive issues. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 811 - Seminar in Semitic LanguagesCredits 3

Introductory grammatical studies in Ugaritic, Arabic, Akkadian, Syriac or Modern Hebrew; readings in ancient Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions; or other advanced Semitic studies. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 814 - Readings in the SeptuagintCredits 3

A survey of the origin, nature and value of the Greek Old Testament with a reading of selected portions and comparison with the Hebrew text. Investigation of the methods of the translators. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705; TTNT 502.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 880 - Old Testament SeminarCredits 2-4

Detailed research in some phase of the Old Testament field, such as specific topics in history and introduction or archaeology of selected geographical areas. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Elective for Th.M. students. Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTOT 703 or TTOT 705.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTOT 891 - Research SeminarCredits 3

Discussion and application of the central areas of Old Testament research and related fields of study. Instruction in research methodology, including the identification of a problem, the steps taken to resolve it, and writing the results. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $50.

TTOT 892 - Research SeminarCredits 2

Discussion and application of the central areas of Old Testament research and related fields of study. Instruction in research, including the identification of a problem, the steps undertaken to resolve a problem, and writing the results. Notes: Electives are offered by rotation and on request. Second semester to continue research in an area of interest. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level, Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.