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The Book of Job (Sefer Iyov)
Tuesdays 7-8pm ET
This course will explore the speeches of the main protagonists of the book, namely, Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu, and finally God. Topics will include divine justice/injustice, human suffering, and the limits of faith. All are welcome.
Daily Life in Ancient Israel
Fridays 2:30-3:30pm ET
This course will explore the biblical, archaeological, and ethnographic data regarding daily life in Ancient Israel. Topics will include food production, the calendar, agriculture, family life, travel, and tribal relations.
The Book of Psalms I
This course will explore the many genres of the book of Psalms and explain how and when the psalms were recited in ancient Israel. In particular, we will focus on biblical hymns, laments, complaints, and thanksgivings.
The Samaritan Pentateuch
This course will explore passages in the Samaritan Pentateuch and compare them with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, and the Pentateuch known to Christians and Jews today. All are welcome, beginners and experts alike.
Similar But Different:
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (HB 052)
This course will explore the nature of the Bible at Qumran and how it was edited, interpreted, and reinvented in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Topics will include the Masoretic Text, the Septuagint, the Samaritan Pentateuch, Pesher, and the genre known as Rewritten Bible.
The Context of Scripture
Ancient Near Eastern Texts I:
Wisdom/Proverbs and Prayer/Psalms
In each session, we will explore an Ancient Near Eastern text and compare and contrast it with a related passage from the Bible. Special attention will be paid to Egyptian texts that have direct parallels to the Bible.
Ancient Near Eastern Texts II:
Laws, Love Poetry, and Rituals (BA 033)
with Rabbi Dr. David Z. Moster
In each session, we will explore an Ancient Near Eastern text and compare and contrast it with a related passage from the Bible. Our legal, ritualistic, and omen texts will come from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and even the Mediterranean coast.
Assyria and the Bible (BA 040)
This course will explore the contact Assyria had with Ancient Israel as well as the shared cultural writing styles and genres. Topics will include invasion, exile, prophecy, and return. Special attention will be paid to books such as Isaiah, Kings, and the Twelve Minor Prophets.
Biblical Geography I:
From Canaan to Israel
This course will explore the geographical makeup of the Land of Israel as well as the Biblical texts that are associated with it. Special attention will be paid to the geographical history of the largest tribes of Israel.
Early Biblical Interpreters I
This course will begin a survey of biblical interpreters from as early as the Bible itself. Special attention will be paid to the characteristics that unite and divide ancient Jewish and Christian interpreters. The course will present primary texts translated from Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
The Mishnah and the Bible
In each session, we will explore different passages of the Mishnah, one of Judaism's most seminal texts. Special attention will be paid to how the Mishnah interprets, combines, redirects, and sometimes opposes the texts of the Hebrew Bible. All are welcome, beginners and experts alike.
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