Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis – OTCL 640

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

The development of exegetical principles (including text critical, grammatical, historical, and theological factors) and their application to selected readings from the Hebrew Old Testament.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s facility to translate and to interpret the Hebrew Bible for use in personal study, theological reflection, and sermon preparation.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLOs: B, D)

Word Study Assignments (3)

The student will write three 2–3-page word studies in current Turabian format that focus on the prompts provided in the course. All external sources must be footnoted in current Turabian format. (CLOs: B, D)

Textual Criticism Response Assignment

The student will write a 2–3-page response in current Turabian format to the text critical and interpretive issues found in the biblical passages listed within the course. The response may include external sources in addition to the assigned readings and the Bible. All external sources must be footnoted in current Turabian format. (CLOs: A, C)

Essay Assignments (2)

The student will write two 3–4-page essay responses in current Turabian format to an assignment prompt that addresses grammar and syntax for translation and meaning. Each essay response may include external sources in addition to the assigned readings and the Bible. All external sources must be footnoted in current Turabian format. (CLOs: C, D)

Exegetical Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write 2 research-based exegetical papers in current Turabian format on the provided passages. Each paper is to be 4–5 pages. Each passage has issues of word study, grammar, and syntax. One passage also includes 1 text-critical item. Each paper must include at least 4 external sources in addition to the assigned readings and the Bible. All external sources must be footnoted in current Turabian format. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)