*Old Testament Life and Literature

Course Overview

            Place in Curriculum:  Old Testament Literature and Life is a sophomore level, General Education course.  Its purpose is to identify the basic knowledge of the Bible - story line, main characters, books, great chapters, and teaching, and develop skills in understanding and communicating their meaning - that is expected will be known by all members of the SNU community of faith. This course is the product of the conviction of the SNU Faculty that a working knowledge of the Bible is essential for the fulfillment of the University mission to build responsible Christian persons. The prerequisite for this course is sophomore standing,  and  THEO 1513 Christian Faith and Life.

    Intended Outcomes

        As a part of this course, you will meet the following SNU General Education Learning Outcome that states: SNU students

  • Within the framework of a Christian worldview, learners can articulate an understanding of civic engagement, ethics and stewardship and the influence of responsible citizenship on community, the nation and the world. (Civics, Ethics, & Stewardship)
  • Can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)
  • Can articulate how a Christian perspective creates and deepens meaning in cultural, personal, social, and aesthetic issues; can evaluate moral and ethical choices in light of sound interpretations of Christian scriptures based on the best available methods, Christian traditions, and the Wesleyan theological perspective; and can operationalize that analysis through active stewardship and service. (Christian Scripture & Traditions)

        Course Objectives

  • To develop a some an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. Each learner will additionally demonstrate their ability to engage resources for interpreting the Bible.  This will be demonstrated by learner response to and engagement of content in Week 1.
  • To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these.  Each learner will demonstrate their learning of these issues in graded work submitted in each week, beginning with a specific focus in Week 1.
  • To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. Each learner will demonstrate engagement of this by means of posted work and discussion in the course, in Weeks 2-6.
  • To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament.  Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.  Each learner will demonstrate their ability to discern the genres by making comparisons in each Weeks 2-6 as different areas of the Old Testament are studied and engaged in coursework and discussion.
  • To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.  Each learner will demonstrate their discernment of these issues in work submitted and in shared discussion in Weeks 2-6.
  • To be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.  Each learner will demonstrate this in work submitted every week, and in their ability to engage the issues of agreement and disagreement and evaluating ideas of one another in shared discussion.  Each learner will react and respond to the professor and to fellow learners in specific ways in various forums in Weeks 1-6.

    Disabilities

If you need assistance with a learning, physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405)491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE, the Southern Nazarene University Academic Center for Excellence (LRC #309).

    Course Materials

Textbooks

  • An English version of the Bible. (Professor will address versions and differences in translations – though any version is appropriate.  Learners for whom English is a second language are encouraged to acquire a Bible in their native language for engagement, though class discussion requires use of the English in this class..)
  • Discovering the Bible:  Story and Faith of the Biblical Communities.  Alex Varughese, Ed.  ISBN:  0834122472, Publisher:  Beacon Hill Press, 2005.

    Overview of Course Assignments

SESSION ONE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

(1.1) Student Statement of Academic Integrity

0

(1.2) Get Acquainted Forum

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(1.3) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(1.4) Textbook Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.5) Audio Lectures (1) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.6) Audio Lectures (2) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.7) Audio Lectures (3) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.8) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.9) Video Lectures and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(1.10) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination

(1.11) Discovery Choice Project

30

SESSION TWO

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(2.1) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(2.2) Textbook Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.3) Audio Lectures (1) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.4) Audio Lectures (2) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.5) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.6) Video Lectures (1) and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.7) Video Lectures (2) and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(2.8) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.

(2.9) Discovery Choice Project

30

SESSION THREE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(3.1) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(3.2) Textbok Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(3.3) Audio Lectures and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(3.4) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(3.5) Video Lectures (1)

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(3.6) Video Lectures (2)

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(3.7) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.

(3.8) Discovery Choice Project

30

SESSION FOUR

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(4.1) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(4.2) Textbok Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(4.3) Audio Lectures and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(4.4) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(4.5) Video Lectures (1)

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(4.6) Video Lectures (2)

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(4.7) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.

(4.8) Discovery Choice Project

30

SESSION FIVE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(5.1) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(5.2) Textbook Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.3) Audio Lectures (1) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.4) Audio Lectures (2) and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.5) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.6) Video Lectures (1) and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.7) Video Lectures (2) and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(5.8) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.

(5.9) Discovery Choice Project

30

SESSION SIX

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

POINTS

POSSIBLE

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(6.1) Textbook Assignment

0

Develop an introductory discernment for the systematic method of study of any given Old Testament passage by doing historical, literary, theological and hermeneutical analysis. To become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible.

(6.2) Textbook Reading Forum

20

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(6.3) Audio Lectures and Journal Entry

10

Become aware of issues related to inspiration of Scripture, canonization, copies of the Bible, and translation problems, and to learn how to deal with these. To become aware of the different literary genres and history of sections of the Old Testament. Students will learn appropriate ways to interpret different sections of the Bible. To summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(6.4) Audio Lectures Forum

20

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(6.5) Video Lectures and Journal Entry

10

Summarize the major narrative line of the Old Testament including the most significant persons, events, and geographical locations with an ability to grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Bible. To grasp the major theological themes that bring continuity and coherence to the diverse writings of the Old Testament.

(6.6) Video Lectures Forum

20

Be able to able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by the authors and cultures who created and maintained the Bible through its history, engaged and demonstrated by active class participation and examination.

(6.7) Final Summary Paper

60

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