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Old Testament

 

The purpose of the Department of Old Testament Studies is to equip students to do accurate exegetical work in the Old Testament and to expound the Old Testament in their ministries, with the goal of meeting contemporary needs. The required courses give students the skills necessary for such work as follows:

  • Hebrew grammar, syntax, textual criticism
  • lexicography
  • literary forms
  • Old Testament backgrounds
  • critical theory
  • hermeneutics
  • biblical theology
Contact Information
Phone
214-887-5310
Email
jcorey@dts.edu
Location
Todd – 2nd Fl
Hours
8am-4:30pm
Courses

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OT101 Elements of Hebrew I
An introduction to the basic principles of Hebrew phonology and morphology.
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.
OT103 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction 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.
OT104 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction II
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.
OT302 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: ThM students will seek consent of Dr. Taylor, who will decide whether they are ready for this course based on their prior work in Hebrew at the master’s level. Enrollment requires consent of professor.
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.
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.
OT320 The Septuagint
An introduction to the Greek translation of the Old Testament with attention to its value for textual and lexical studies. Selected Old Testament passages are studied in relation to their use in the New Testament. May also be credited in the Department of New Testament Studies. Prerequisites: OT101 Introduction to Old Testament Language and Literature, OT102 Elements of Hebrew, and NT101-102 Elements of Greek.
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.
OT330 Introduction to Ugaritic
An introduction to Ugaritic grammar, with reading and analysis of selected poetic texts that have special bearing on the literature and thought of old Testament Israel.
OT360 Introduction to Akkadian
An introduction to the grammar of Akkadian, with reading from texts relevant to the study of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: OT103 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I.
OT405 Exegesis of Genesis
An exegetical study of the Book of Genesis in its cultural and historical setting, with attention to its critical problems, theological content, literary features, and modern exposition.
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.
OT408 Exegesis of Leviticus
An exegetical study of the Book of Leviticus with attention to the fundamental theological issues in the book and on preparation for teaching and preaching the book.
OT410 Exegesis of Deuteronomy
An exegesis of the Book of Deuteronomy with attention to argument, critical problems, and application.
OT420 Exegesis of Ecclesiastes
A literary, exegetical, and theological study of selected portions of the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. The course will include an introduction to the major literary genres, motifs, and theological emphases of these books and address issues of hermeneutics, theology, and application.
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.
OT605 Old Testament Backgrounds
A survey of the physical, historical, and cultural world of the Old Testament with special attention to its influence on Israel and the Bible and to its value in a modern understanding and communication of the Old Testament.
OT710 Knowing God through the Old Testament
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.
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.
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.
OT901 Indep Study in Old Testament
Independent research on some aspect of Old Testament studies not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours in any one subject. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor. 1–4 hours.
OT902 Old Testament Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisers. Students will have one calendar year to complete the thesis. If the thesis is not completed by the end of a year, students will be registered in OT903. Enrollment requires consent of the department. 2 or 3 hours.
OT903 Old Testament Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Students must register for this course each fall, spring, and summer until completion of the thesis. Thesis continuation is permitted for a maximum of one additional semester (for a 2-hour thesis, including summer) or two additional semesters (for a 3-hour thesis, including summer).
OT905 Special Topics in O.T. 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.
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.
OT1003 Adv OT Biblical Theology
consistent, comprehensive, and integrative biblical theology. Prerequisite: OT705 Introduction to Old Testament Biblical Theology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OT2065 Biblical Aramaic
OT9001 Teaching the Old Testament
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OT9002 Indep Doctoral Study in O.T.
Independent research on an approved topic within the scope of the department with a thesis required.
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