Academic Departments

Courses in Old Testament Studies

  • OT1001 Old Testament Criticism
    An introductory study of Old Testament criticism, including theories on the text and its composition, modern methods of textual analysis, canonicity, and the history, theory, and practice of Old Testament criticism. (2 hours)
  • OT1002 Historical Hebrew Grammar
    An inductive and deductive study of biblical Hebrew from the perspective of its historical development within the Semitic family of languages. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Hebrew proficiency exam. (2 hours)
  • OT1003 Adv OT Biblical Theology
    consistent, comprehensive, and integrative biblical theology. Prerequisite: OT705 Introduction to Old Testament Biblical Theology. (2 hours)
  • OT1004 Exegesis in the Torah
    An exegetical, critical, and literary study of selected passages in the Torah, designed to enhance an appreciation and comprehension of the literature and an understanding of how it contributes to the overall purpose and message of the Old Testament. (3 hours)
  • OT1005 Exegesis in the Prophets
    An exegetical, critical, and literary study of selected passages in the Prophets, designed to enhance an appreciation and comprehension of the literature and an understanding of how it contributes to the overall purpose and message of the Old Testament. (3 hours)
  • OT1006 Exegesis in the Writings
    An exegetical, critical, and literary study of passages in hymnic, apocalyptic, and wisdom literature designed to enhance an appreciation and comprehension of the literature and an understanding of how it contributes to the overall purpose and message of the Old Testament. (3 hours)
  • OT1008 Old Testament Dissertation
    Independent research and writing of a dissertation on an approved topic pertaining to Old Testament studies, under the supervision of three faculty advisers. (3 hours)
  • OT1009 Old Testament Diss Continuation
    The dissertation continuation course is required of all students writing a dissertation who are beyond one year in the dissertation process. Students must register for this course each fall and spring until completion of the dissertation. (1 hour)
  • OT101 Elements of Hebrew I
    An introduction to the basic principles of Hebrew phonology and morphology. (3 hours)
  • OT102 Elements of Hebrew II
    A study of Hebrew morphology and syntax as well as an introduction to text criticism and to the basic tools and methods of lexical analysis. Includes translation of the Book of Jonah, with lexical analysis of key words and syntactical analysis of selected forms, phrases, and clauses. (3 hours)
  • OT103 Hebrew Exegesis I
    An introduction to the exegesis of Hebrew narrative and poetry, including a review of Hebrew morphology, syntax, and lexical analysis in conjunction with translation of the Book of Ruth and the exegesis of selected Psalms. Prerequisite: NT101-102 Elements of Greek, OT101 Elements of Hebrew I, and OT102 Elements of Hebrew II or a satisfactory score on the advanced-standing exams. (3 hours)
  • OT104 Hebrew Exegesis II & Old Testament Intro
    An application of methods introduced in OT102-103 to selected passages from prophetic, wisdom, apocalyptic, and /or legal literature as well as a survey of the cultural, literary, and theological backgrounds of the Old Testament and an introduction to various forms of Old Testament criticism. Prerequisite: OT103 Hebrew Exegesis I or a satisfactory score on the advanced-standing exam. (3 hours)
  • OT2020 Intro to Akkadian
    An introduction to the most important ancient Near Eastern Semitic languages and their major comparative features. The course surveys the basic grammar of Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Arabic, and considers how to use the resources available for the study of these languages for research in the text of the Old Testament. (3 hours)
  • OT2030 Readings in Ugaritic
    A course devoted to the reading and analysis of selected Ugaritic poetic texts. The significance of Ugaritic literature for the study of the Old Testament will be emphasized. (2 hours)
  • OT2035 NW Semitic Inscriptions
    Translation and analysis of Aramaic, Hebrew, Phoenician, and other Northwest Semitic inscriptions with emphasis on their contribution to Old Testament studies. (2 hours)
  • OT210 The Old Testament in Contemporary Culture
    (3 hours)
  • OT305 Advanced Hebrew Grammar
    An advanced study of Hebrew grammar and syntax as an essential phase of Old Testament exegesis. The major steps in grammatical and syntactical analysis are explored and then applied to specific passages. (3 hours)
  • OT310 Hebrew Reading
    Studies in selected portions of the Old Testament to improve the student's ability to read Hebrew, emphasizing morphology, vocabulary, and syntactical recognition. Required of students with an Old Testament concentration in the Academic Ministries track or Interdisciplinary Studies track. Prerequisite: OT101 Introduction to Old Testament Language and Literature and OT102 Elements of Hebrew. (3 hours)
  • OT315 OT Textual Criticism: (by Independent Study)
    A study of the history of the Hebrew text and versions of the Old Testament with a view to developing ability in doing textual criticism. Students gain practice in solving textual problems and in relating textual criticism to exegesis. (3 hours)
  • OT320 The Septuagint
    An introduction to the Greek translation of the Old Testament with attention toits value for textual and lexical studies. Selected Old Testament passages arestudied in relation to their use in the New Testament. May also be credited inthe Department of New Testament Studies. Prerequisites: OT101 Introduction toOld Testament Language and Literature, OT102 Elements of Hebrew, and NT101-102Elements of Greek. (3 hours)
  • OT325 Biblical Aramaic
    A study of the basic principles of phonology, morphology, and syntax of biblical Aramaic. Translation and analysis of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel are accompanied by discussion of the relevance of Aramaic studies to Old and New Testament research. (3 hours)
  • OT330 Reading in Ugaritic
    (2 hours)
  • OT335 Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
    (2 hours)
  • OT340 Introduction to the Aramaic Targums: by Independent Study
    (3 hours)
  • OT360 Introduction to Akkadian
    (3 hours)
  • OT407 Exegesis of Exodus
    An exegetical study of Exodus in its cultural and historical setting, with attention to its literary features and contributions to theology. Attention will also be given to preparation for preaching and teaching and to enhancing facility in reading Hebrew. (3 hours)
  • OT410 Exegesis of Deuteronomy: (by Independent Study)
    An exegesis of the Book of Deuteronomy with attention to argument, critical problems, and application. (3 hours)
  • OT415 Exegesis of Judges-Samuel
    An interpretive, literary, and theological study of selected portions from Judges, and 1 and 2 Samuel. The course will include an introduction to Old Testament narrative literature addressing issues of hermeneutics, theology, and application. (3 hours)
  • OT430 Exegesis of Isaiah
    An exegetical study of selected portions of Isaiah with attention to exegetical-theological method and homiletical application. Different portions of the book are studied in alternate years. (3 hours)
  • OT705 Intro to OT Biblical Theology
    A study of the nature and history of the biblical theology movement, a survey of major contributors to the study of Old Testament biblical theology, and a proposal for doing biblical theology according to proper exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological method. May also be credited in the Department of Theological Studies. (3 hours)
  • OT710 Knowing God through the OT
    A study of divine names, titles, roles, attributes, and acts/self-revelation with a view to their relevance for Christian theology, worship, and ethics. The course will also compare and contrast Israelite monotheism with ancient Near Eastern polytheism in an effort to help the student appreciate the unique revelatory nature of Israel's religion. (3 hours)
  • OT720 The Use of O.T. in N.T.
    A textual, exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological study of selected quotations of the Old Testament in the New Testament. May also be credited in the Department of New Testament Studies or the Department of Bible Exposition. Prerequisites: OT101 Introduction to Old Testament Language and Literature, OT102 Elements of Hebrew, and NT101-NT102 Elements of Greek. (3 hours)
  • OT725 Biblical Theology of Covenants
    An exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological study of the major biblical covenants in their relationship to the historical unfolding of the history of salvation (Heilsgeschichte). Special attention will be placed on understanding the biblical covenants in the light of ancient Near Eastern treaties and on their historical inauguration and eschatological fulfillment. (3 hours)
  • OT730 Biblical Theology of the Law
    An exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological study of the law of God. Special attention will focus on historical-cultural, literary, exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological issues, such as the relation of the Mosaic Law to Mesopotamian law codes, the relation of the Decalogue to the case laws, the relation of the law to the covenants and promise, continuity and discontinuity in the relation of the Old Covenant law to the New Covenant, and the relevance of the law in the Christian life. The course will also compare and evaluate the various models of the role/relevance of the Mosaic Law in the Christian life, as presented in various schools of dispensational and reformed theology. (3 hours)