Old Testament Interpretation


Fernando IX University
Fernando IX University

SOT 601: Elementary Hebrew I 

Introduction to the phonology, vocabulary, grammar and syntax of biblical Hebrew. Includes translation and analysis of selected passages in the Hebrew Bible.

SOT 602: Elementary Hebrew II 

Reinforces and develops the basic principles of Hebrew grammar and syntax. Includes translation and analysis of selected portions of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasizes study methodologies in the Hebrew text within the abilities of the first-year student.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 603: Methods of Hebrew Exegesis 

Rapid review of Hebrew fundamentals, followed by translation and exegesis of texts from various genres of the Old Testament. Development of expository sermons based on standard methods of Hebrew exegesis.

Prerequisite: SOT 602.

SOT 611: Exposition of the Pentateuch 

An exposition of the first five books of the Old Testament. The spiritual significance of Israel's ceremonial worship practices and the theological relationship of these books to the rest of Scripture.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 613: Exposition of the Historical Books of the Old Testament 

An exposition of special introductory, literary and hermeneutical issues in the books of Joshua through Esther. Verse-by-verse exposition of vital theological passages will be done. Preparation of expository sermons from the books will be required.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 615: Exposition of the Psalms 

The nature and characteristics of Hebrew poetry as demonstrated in the Psalms. An exposition of selected Psalms centering on worship and knowing God. Special emphasis on the homiletical value of the book. Preparation of expository sermon outlines required.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 616: Exposition of the Old Testament Wisdom Books 

An expositional study of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Special theological and hermeneutical problems of the books will be considered. Preparation of expository sermon outlines from selected passages required.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 617: Exposition of Isaiah 

Expositional studies in Isaiah with an emphasis on the integrity of the structure of the book and the development of the book's theme throughout its content in refutation of critical claims. Includes discussion of how to structure a preaching series from Isaiah and allows the student an opportunity to develop messages from different-sized portions of the book. Covers vital hermeneutical and translational problems in the book.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 618: Exposition of Jeremiah, Ezekiel & Daniel 

Exposition of the theology and selected passages from each book. Includes an investigation of the political and social background of the time. Emphasis on the preaching and application of the key messages from these major prophets. Preparation of expository sermons from selected passages required.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 619: Exposition of the Minor Prophets 

The exposition of the content of the twelve minor prophets with special attention to the themes of the books and hermeneutically challenging passages. Preparation of expository sermons from selected passages required.

Prerequisite: SOT 601.

SOT 620: Survey of the Old Testament 

Orientation of the student to the content and theological message of each book of the Old Testament. The focus is on the macroscopic perspective and the relevance of the Old Testament to the present. Includes discussion of key issues in scholarly debate and liberal-critical attacks. Emphasizes personal Bible study methods. For students with little or no undergraduate background in Bible.

SOT 635: Biblical Hermeneutics 

A study of the principles and practices essential to biblical interpretation with an emphasis on the conservative, grammatical-historical-contextual method, presupposing the inerrancy of Scripture. Special attention will also be given to the interpretation of the various genres of Scripture, including poetry, narrative, epistolary and apocalyptic literature.

SOT 640: Old Testament Theology 

Principles and methods of biblical theology as applied to the Old Testament.

SOT 681: Old Testament Introduction 

Canon and text of the Old Testament; composition, authorship, date and content of each book. Emphasis on refutation of critical views.

SOT 685: Biblical Geography & Archaeology 

A study of the geographical features and important archaeological discoveries of the Holy Land, enhancing the understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.

SOT 697: Holy Land Studies 

An in-depth study tour of Bible lands, visiting the sites of the major events of the Old and New Testaments. Course requirements include assigned readings and papers.

SOT 698: Journeys of Paul 

A study tour focusing on many sites of the missionary travels of the apostle Paul, including Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. Course requirements include assigned readings and papers.

SOT 776: Theology & Practice of Prayer 

Investigation and systematization of the teaching of Scripture from biblical models, commands, and instructions concerning prayer. Readings from the major devotional and expositional classics on the subject.

SOT 783: Septuagint 

The history and translation of the Greek Old Testament. Study and translation of passages from almost every Old Testament book. Comparisons with the Hebrew text and New Testament quotations.

Prerequisite: SOT 804.

SOT 803: Hebrew Exegesis I 

Exegesis in the Hebrew text of selected passages from the prophets with emphasis on the practical application of Hebrew in sermon preparation.

Prerequisite: SOT 602.

SOT 804: Hebrew Exegesis II 

Reinforcement and development in the principles of exegesis and application through the analysis of selected Hebrew passages in the prophets.

Prerequisite: SOT 803.

SOT 805: Exegesis of Deuteronomy 

Translation and exegetical analysis of selected passages from the fifth book of Moses.

Prerequisite: SOT 804.

SOT 807: Exegesis of Isaiah 

Translation and exegetical analysis of various parts of the book of Isaiah, with an emphasis on his major theological themes.

Prerequisite: SOT 804.

SOT 887: Biblical Historical Backgrounds 

A study of ancient Near Eastern history and the history of Old Testament times, including an investigation of the cultures preceding and contemporary with Israel during the theocracy, the intertestamental period, and the first century Mediterranean world.

SOT 889: Old Testament Seminar 

Directed reading with weekly seminar discussions. Bibliography and scholarship, past and present, evaluated on the basis of the absolute authority of Scripture.

SOT 901: Advanced Hebrew Exegesis I 

Translation and syntactical analysis of selected portions of the Hebrew Old Testament.

Prerequisite: SOT 804.

SOT 902: Advanced Hebrew Exegesis II 

Reinforcement and development in the grammatical and syntactical principles of exegesis through the analysis of selected passages in the Hebrew Old Testament.

Prerequisite: SOT 901.

SOT 905: Biblical Aramaic 

Aramaic grammar with translation of the Aramaic portions of the Old Testament.

SOT 931: History & Problems of Interpretation 

A study of the history, principles and problems of interpretation as they apply to the Old and New Testaments.

SOT 932: Problems of Old Testament Interpretation 

Analysis and discussion of specific problem passages in the Old Testament.

Prerequisite: SOT 931.

SOT 941: History & Nature of Biblical Theology 

A study of the history and nature of Old and New Testament biblical theology. Application of the principles of biblical theology to selected Old and New Testament books.

Prerequisite: SOT 640.

SOT 942: Advanced Old Testament Theology 

Reinforcement and development in the application of the principles of biblical theology to selected Old Testament books, passages, words and subjects.

Prerequisite: SOT 941.

SOT 991: Teaching Internship 

In the final year of his doctoral coursework, each doctoral candidate will be assigned a faculty professor-mentor for one semester. During this semester the candidate will be assigned test construction, lecture preparation and presentation, student consultation, project grading, and course management duties by his professor. The professor will also evaluate the preparation and presentation of a multi-hour teaching unit by the candidate in a course of the professor's choosing. Subject matter and pedagogical reading will be assigned according to the need of the student, at the professor's discretion.

SOT 992: Theological Research Methods 

Instruction in both electronic and hard copy resources for theological research, methods for the collection, analysis, and organization of research data, and an introduction to graduate paper and dissertation writing. Research and an initial dissertation proposal will be written for the course.

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