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OT301/501 Old Testament Foundations

3 hours per week semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: Assisting students to acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, taking account of the nature of the literature included in it, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Description: The subject surveys the contents of the first part of the Old Testament, namely the Pentateuch and Former Prophets.

Textbooks:

  • E A Martens God's Design: A Focus on Old Testament Theology (2nd edition; Baker, 1994)
  • G.R. Goswell and A.M Harman(eds.), Covenant and Kingdom: A Collection of Old Testament Essays by William J.Dumbrell (Reformed Theological Review, 2007).
  • R B Dillard and T Longman III, An Introduction to the Old Testament (Zondervan, 1995).
  • I Provan, V Phillips Long and T Longman III, A Biblical History of Israel (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2003).

OT302/502 Old Testament Prophets and Writings

3 hours per week semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: Assisting students to acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, taking account of the nature of the literature included in it, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Description: This subject is offered every year. The subject surveys the second part of the Old Testament, (as arranged in the Hebrew Bible), namely the Latter Prophets, Daniel,and the Writings (including the Psalms and Wisdom Literature).

Textbooks:

  • W J Dumbrell, The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament (Second Edition; Baker, Academic 2002).
  • G.R. Goswell and A.M Harman (eds.), Covenant and Kingdom: A Collection of Old Testament Essays by William J. Dumbrell (Reformed Theological Review, 2007).
  • E H Merrill, Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel (2nd Edition; Baker, 2008)

OT421/621ENG/OT431/631HEB Former Prophets

3 hours per week semester 1, even years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: To introduce students to a range of Old Testament historical texts in the Former Prophets; to provide training in the skills of exegetical method; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology; to survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament; to give practice in the fundamentals of textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Description: The subject covers the theology of the Former Prophets, with special reference to the books of Samuel. The exegesis of the English text of 1 Samuel 1-12 and 2 Samuel 5-7, 15-18 will be covered. The Hebrew option consists of 1 Samuel 8, 10, 11:14- 12:25 and 2 Samuel 5-7.

Textbooks:

  • Victor P Hamilton, Handbook on the Historical Books (Baker Academic, 2001).
  • R P Gordon, 1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary (Paternoster,1986).

OT425/625ENG/OT435/635HEB Apocalyptic & Post-Exilic Prophecy

3 hours per week semester 2, odd years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: To develop exegetical and hermeneutical skills for preaching and teaching the Old Testament through a detailed exegetical study of the English or Hebrew text of the book of Daniel; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology; to survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament apocalyptic texts; to give practice in the fundamentals of Old Testament textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Description: The subject studies Old Testament apocalyptic, with special reference to the theology of the book of Daniel. Exegesis of the English text covers Daniel 1-12. The Hebrew option consists of Daniel 1:1- 2:4, 8-10, 12.

Textbooks:

  • A M Harman, Daniel (EP, 2007).
  • J Goldingay, Daniel (Word, 1989).
  • E C Lucas, Daniel (Apollos, 2002).
  • J J Collins, Daniel (Augsburg Fortress, 1993).

OT426/626ENG/OT436/636HEB The Psalter

3 hours per week semester 1, odd years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: To introduce students to the study of the Psalter; to provide training in the skills of exegetical method; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology, and to survey modern interpretation of the Psalms; to give practice in the fundamentals of Old Testament textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Description: The subject studies Old Testament poetry, with special reference to the Psalter. Exegesis of the English text covers Psalms 2, 8, 16, 19, 22, 24, 46, 51, 73, 74, 96, 99, 103, 110, 116, 132 and 137. The Hebrew option consists of Psalms 2, 8, 22, 46, 73, 99, 132 and 137.

Textbooks:

  • A M Harman, The Psalms (Christian Focus, 1998).
  • P C Craigie, Psalms 1-50 (Word, 1983).
  • G H Wilson, Psalms Volume 1 (Zondervan, 2002).
  • P S Johnston and D G Firth, (eds), Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and Approaches (Apollos, 2005).

OT427/627ENG/OT437/637HEB Isaiah

3 hours per week semester 2, even years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: To provide students with an exegetical and thematic survey of the canonical book of Isaiah; to provide training in the skills of exegetical method; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology; and to appreciate the unity of the book of Isaiah; to give practice in the fundamentals of Old Testament textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Description: The subject surveys the book of Isaiah as a whole, with detailed exegesis of the English text of Isaiah 1:1—2:4, 6-7, 9, 11, 24-25, 35, 39, 40-42, 52:13—56:12, 61, 66. The Hebrew option consists of Isaiah 6, 11, 40-41, 52:13—53:12, 61.

Textbooks:

  • A M Harman, Isaiah: A Covenant to be Kept for the sake of the Church (Christian Focus, 2005).
  • J N Oswalt, Isaiah 1-39 (Eerdmans, 1986).
  • J N Oswalt, The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40-66 (Eerdmans, 1998).

OT489/689/789 Understanding and Preaching Samuel

3 hours per week semester 1, 2016

Lecturer: Jared Hood/ Murray Adamsthwaite

Outcomes: The unit aims to  enhance the ability of students to (a) understand the book of Samuel (1 and 2 Samuel) through exegetical and theological study, particularly focusing on the themes of God's sovereignty and human leadership (king, prophet, priest), and the extent of the book's Messianic focus; and (b) engage with the task of preaching from the book.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Textbooks:

  • VP Hamilton, Handbook on the Historical Books (Baker Academic, 2001)
  • RP Gordan, 1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary (Paternoster, 1986)