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Use the links above to find handouts for lectures, reading lists for supervisions and tutorials, and various resources related to the study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Advertisements

FHS 24: The Hebrew of the Old Testament: 2 Samuel 11–14

Aim: To enable students to read Biblical Hebrew prose (and optionally also verse), and to study selections from several biblical books in Hebrew. The aim of this course is to enable students to translate a critically restored Hebrew text of 2 Samuel 11-14. This class will prepare undergraduate students in Theology for FHS Paper 24, … Continue reading

FHS 22: Selected Topics: Apocalyptic

Lecture Description Aim ‘This common core of constant elements permits us, then, to formulate a comprehensive definition of the genre: “Apocalypse” as a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework, in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as … Continue reading

FHS 22: Special Topics: Apocalyptic Lectures

Select Bibliography 1. Introduction: The Apocalyptic Genre Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 2. Daniel Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 3. Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 24–27; 56–66; Zechariah Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 4. Apocalyptic Pseudepigrapha: 1 Enoch 1–16; 2 Esdras 3–14 [4 Ezra] Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 5. Revelation Handouts (.docx) (.pdf)

Lectures on Types of Old Testament Literature

Series Description 1. Liturgy Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 2. Prophecy Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 3. Wisdom Literature Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 4. Apocalyptic Handouts (.docx) (.pdf)

Early History of Israel Lectures

Series Description Basic Bibliography 1. Introduction: Method and Biblical History Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 2. The Patriarchal Traditions Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) 3. Exodus and Sinai Handouts (.docx) (.pdf) A scientific explanation for the Ten Plagues (Telegraph) Cooking with manna (New York Times) 4. The Emergence of Israel Handouts (.docx) (.pdf)

FHS 25: Essay titles and reading lists

Essay 1:          What important archaeological finds, both textual and artifactual, have been made at Ugarit (Ras Shamra)? In particular, give an account of the main Canaanite mythological texts from Ugarit and discuss the light they shed on the Old Testament and its background. Reading List Essay 2: Which explanation of the emergence of Israel in … Continue reading

FHS 24: The Hebrew of the Old Testament: Psalms 1, 2, 8, 45–48, 96

Aim: To enable students to acquire a close knowledge of the Hebrew text of Psalms 1, 2, 8, 45–48, and 96, in preparation for optional Hebrew ‘gobbets’ on paper 1 ‘God and Israel in the Old Testament’. Objectives: a)    Students who complete this course will have acquired a close knowledge of the Hebrew text of … Continue reading

FHS 26: Essay titles and reading lists

Essay 1:          Text: The Baal Cycle, in W.W. Hallo (ed.), The Context of Scripture (Leiden: Brill, 1997; republished 2003), vol. I, pp. 243-73, ‘The Ba‘lu Myth’ (trans. D. Pardee). Give an account of the myths about Baal in the Ugaritic texts, attending to the light they shed on the character of the deity and his … Continue reading

Prelims 2 Tutorials: Essay titles and reading lists

Essay 1: What is the best method for studying the Old Testament? Reading List Essay 2:          Text: Genesis 1–11 What are the strengths and weaknesses of source-critical theories for explaining the composition of Gen 1–11? Reading List Essay 3:          Text: Genesis 1–11 What are the major theological themes of Gen 1-11 and how far do … Continue reading