The students will be introduced into a careful reading of the text, sensitive to historical-critical analysis (who wrote the text, for whom, when and why), but focused on a theological understanding of the text that is sensitive to its literary composition. This careful reading will not ignore that it must serve as a resource for the student when preparing homilies in their lives as priests and pastors.
First semester: I. Introduction to the Pentateuch. a. Reading the Pentateuch within the Bible. b. Who wrote the Pentateuch, for whom, when, why? c. The literary genres in the Pentateuch. II. A reading of the Pentateuch. a. A child is born: Reading Genesis 1-2. b. A child is lost: Reading Genesis 3-11. c. The child is promised: Reading Genesis 12-50. d. The child is born: Reading Exodus 1-18. e. At Sinai: Reading Exodus 19-Numbers 10. f. 11 days and another 40 years: Reading Numbers 10-21. g. At Moab: Reading Numbers 22-Deuteronomy 34. Second semester: I. Introduction to the Historical Books. a. Reading the Historical Books within the Bible. b. Who wrote the Historical Books, for whom, when, why? c. The literary genres in the Historical Books. II. A reading of the Historical Books. a. From life to death: Reading Joshua to 2 Kings. b. Grace and new life: Reading 1Chronicles to Nehemiah. c. Heroes of the faith: Reading from Tobit to 2 Maccabees. Requirements: Attendance at all lessons with the Biblical text in hand, Preparation in careful reading the texts before class, Presentations in class, Teaching with full participation of the students and close attention to detailed notes provided by the teacher, Studying secondary sources according to the bibliography provided. Learning Outcomes: A student who has completed the course will hopefully have a greater appreciation of how the Bible functions in the life of the Church. He will be able to read, analyze and derive the theological and spiritual sense of these Old Testament texts. At the same time the student will be able to perceive how the Gospels and entire New Testament are woven from the language of the Old.
Textbook: SKA J.L., Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch (Winona Lake-IN, Eisenbrauns 2006). BLENKINSOPP J., The Pentateuch (New York, Doubleday Press 1992); BRUEGGEMANN W., Theology of the Old Testament (Minneapolis, Fortress Press 1997), CHILDS B., Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (London, SCM Press 1992); PARDES I., The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (Berkeley, University of California Press 2000); SKA J-L., Introduzione alla Lettura del Pentateuco (Rome, Dehoniane 1998); VON RAD G., Old Testament Theology: The Theology of Israel’s Historical Traditions (New York, Harper and Row Publishers 1962).