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Courses

Below are a sample of courses I have taken at the graduate level.

Classes marked by an asterisk (*) were advanced courses taken alongside PhD students.

doctoral Seminars

*OT865: OLD TESTAMENT Hermeneutics
Dr. John Goldingay
This course is a PhD seminar in which students will consider a variety of approaches to Old Testament hermeneutics and form a view on more helpful and less helpful approaches, reflect on approaches to the relationship between Old Testament faith and New Testament faith and form a view on more appropriate and less appropriate approaches, and apply these approaches to specific Old Testament texts.
*OT865: OLD TESTAMENT ETHICS
Dr. John Goldingay
This course is a PhD seminar on the content of OT ethics, on method in the study of OT ethics, and on issues raised by setting the OT in the context of Christian faith and vice versa. To pass the course, students will have demonstrated that they have read a number of the books of the OT and reflected on their ethical significance; considered key questions about the ethical interpretation of the OT; reflected on the relationship between OT ethics and NT ethics.
*OT886: READING THE EXILE: THEIRS AND OURS
Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher
This course will be a focused seminar on the historical events of 6th – 4th Centuries BCE in Hebrew History, focusing on the events and aftermath of the Babylonian conquests of Judah in 597/587 BCE, the Persian conquests of Babylon beginning 539 BCE, and a survey of Biblical literature that can be reasonably dated to the 6th and early 4thth Centuries BCE. The goals of this seminar include: to become familiar with important examples of (Old Testament) Biblical Literature that illuminate the events of Mesopotamian and Persian relations with Judean territories, focusing on conquest, occupation, and/or exile of Judeans in the 6th and 5th Centuries BCE, and think creatively about the Biblical literature associated with these events by means of examining comparative (and usually much more recent) historical events, as well as contemporary modes of interpretation (e.g. especially postcolonial analysis & social science interpretation), and thereby think creatively about the potential implications of these historical and textual studies for contemporary Christian “Biblical Theology”. Biblical Theology is here generally conceived of as thinking theologically with Scripture as in some sense normative for contemporary Christian faith and practice.
*OT881: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF ISRAEL.
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
This seminar is intended to ground advanced graduate students in the scholarly conversation about the history of Israel, which is foundational for every other critical method in Old Testament scholarship. Part One: Data and Method. Part Two: Special Topics and Case Studies.

COURSES IN ANCIENT LANGUAGE

*LG546: NORTHWEST SEMITIC TEXTS
Dr. Marilyn Lundberg
This course will introduce the student to the more important remains of the literature of the Northwest Semitic sphere from the first millennium B.C.E., i.e., Old Phoenician, Old Aramaic, Old Hebrew, Ammonite and Moabite. Upon completion of this course the student will: be familiar with the ancient scripts used in alphabetic texts of the first millennium B.C.E.; be familiar with the basic grammatical forms in Old Phoenician, Old Aramaic, Old Hebrew, Ammonite and Moabite; be able, with the aid of lexicons, to translate texts in Old Phoenician, Old Aramaic, Old Hebrew, Ammonite and Moabite; be aware of the relationship between the Hebrew and Aramaic of the biblical texts and the languages of first millennium alphabetic inscriptions.
*LG506/806: ADVANCED HEBREW GRAMMAR: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
This course surveys the changing morphology, syntax, orthography, and phonology of the Hebrew language from an historical perspective. The course will help students gain increased competency in translating Standard Biblical Hebrew as well as gain exposure to the historical grammar of other diachronic phases of the language, such as Archaic and Late Biblical Hebrew. The course will also emphasize the ways in which the history of the Hebrew language informs and is informed by our interpretations of the Old Testament. Students will have demonstrated (1) competency in translating Standard Biblical Hebrew at an advanced master's level; (2) the ability to identify and describe the major phases and dialects of ancient Hebrew; (3) the ability to translate texts from archaic to late periods of the language using standard reference works; (4) the ability to vocalize unpointed Hebrew texts, including both pre-exilic inscriptions and Qumran texts.
*LG533/833: BEGINNING UGARITIC
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
This course, the first of a two-course sequence, introduces the language, literature, and culture of Ugarit, giving special attention to the ways that Ugaritology affects the study of the Hebrew Bible. Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated (1) a working knowledge of the Ugaritic language and proficiency in the elementary principles of comparative Semitic philology (especially comparing Ugaritic with other Northwest Semitic languages); (2) familiarity with the Ugaritic textual corpus in translation; (3) ability to articulate the significant contributions of Ugaritology (a) as its own self-contained field within ancient Near Eastern studies and (b) as it informs the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israelite religion and culture.
*LG835/535: BEGINNING AKKADIAN
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
This course, the first of a two-quarter sequence, begins to introduces the Akkadian language, and to survey the history and literature of ancient Mesopotamia, giving special attention to the ways that Assyriology affects the study of the Old Testament.
*LG836/536: ADVANCED AKKADIAN
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
*LG525: ARAMAIC
Dr. Marilyn J. Lundberg
An introduction to the essential elements of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of biblical Aramaic, using the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel. Some attention will be paid to other Aramaic literature for purposes of comparison. On completion of this course the student will be able to read the Aramaic biblical texts aloud, be able to identify nouns, pronouns, regular and irregular verbs and other grammatical forms, be able to identify subjects, adjectives, direct and indirect objects, prepositional phrases, and adverbs and other syntactical units, be able to read a basic narrative text in Aramaic, be able to use lexicons and reference grammars, and will have the tools with which to study other ancient Aramaic texts.
LG512: BIBLICAL GREEK

COURSES IN ANCIENT LITERATURE

OT506: Old Testament Exegesis: Minor Prophets
Dr. Mignon R. Jacobs, PhD.
The primary goal of this course is to develop exegetical skills through the Hebrew text of the Minor Prophets (Book of the Twelve), in light of particular contextual aspects. Towards this goal, texts will be analyzed using the methodological principles of concept-, form-, historical-, redaction-, and text-criticism. Specific attention will be given to systematizing various aspects of the exegetical study and discerning these aspects in modern writings and thoughts.
OT506: OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS: ISAIAH 40-66 (HEBREW TEXT)
Dr. Christopher B. Hays
This course is an eclectic approach to a text that has taken on outsized significance in the Old Testament canon. In part, the course takes a "contextual" approach to Isaiah--that is, it attempts to understand proclamations of chapters 40-66 in their original historical and cultural contexts. This entails some study of the Babylonian Exile and postexilic Judah. The course also looks at Isaiah through diverse theological lenses, exploring the ways in which the book of Isaiah has spoken and continues to speak to readers. Finally, the course uses literary methods to study one of the greatest poets of the ancient world. For all these purposes, the original language of the text is of primary importance, so that the course will have a strong emphasis on Hebrew reading. Students completing this course successfully will demonstrate a grasp of the historical and cultural worlds of Isaiah 40-66, skill in reading Hebrew and in interpreting particular texts, especially as works of literature. They will enunciate richer and more uanced perspectives on the theological issues of the exilic and postexilic periods, and also the question of Christian and Christological appropriation of prophetic texts. They will also enunciate their understanding of ways in which Isaiah relates to the faith and life of their communities.
OT506: OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS: JUDGES
Dr. Jeremy Smoak
The primary goal of this course is to develop exegetical skills through the study of the Hebrew text of Judges. We will examine the historical, social, and theological background as well as the literary composition of the book of Judges. We will also examine how the book's messages relate to the larger purpose and message of the Former Prophets (Joshua-2 Kings). Some of the important theological topics that we will address in the book include covenant, gender issues, social justice, sin, and community. Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated (1) an enhanced competence in basic Hebrew and exegetical skills; (2) a fundamental knowledge of the literary forms and thematic context of the book of Judges and how it relates to the larger theological objectives of the Former Prophets (Joshua-2 Kings), (3) an increased understanding of the social and historical background of the Hebrew Bible, and (4) a greater appreciation of the theological significance of the book of Judges within the Hebrew Bible.
OT570: JOB AND HUMAN SUFFERING
Dr. Michael S. Moore
The primary goal of this course is to interpret the book of Job in its literary, ancient Near Eastern, and theological contexts. To interpret the book of Job against the biblical wisdom canon as well as the greater biblical canon. To articulate better, more coherent, and more defensible theological responses to the difficult problem of innocent suffering.
OT504 HEBREW WRITINGS
Dr. Michael S. Moore
The primary goal of this course is to survey the books of Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Daniel. To examine the background, structure and theology of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Psalms. To discuss the setting and development of the Writings of the Old Testament, their impact upon biblical theology, and their contribution to the Church.

COURSES IN CULTURE & RELIGION

SP500: Spiritual Traditions & Practices
Dr. Richard Peace
Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions which, in turn, often emerge from thelife and experience of spiritual pioneers. In this course we will explore the lives of eightspiritual pioneers from the contemplative tradition (Patrick of Ireland, Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, and Frances de Sales) and the spiritual traditions they founded (or influenced). Within each tradition a spiritual practice will be examined (and often experienced) with an eye to its usein the postmodern church. In addition, these traditions will be put in conversation with contemporary spiritual traditions from the worldwide church. All this will be set in the context of the broad sweep of the history and theology of Christian spirituality.
ANTH453 • LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND LINGUISTICS
Dr. Craig Rusch
This course surveys the acquisition and use of language within a cultural context. It examines the relationship of language to culture, language acquisition, and language analysis or linguistics, emphasizing the utility of such knowledge for educators. Stress is given to understanding language’s reciprocal relation with culture, the nature of language systems, and linguistic analysis to enable educators a better comprehension of second language acquisition within learning environments.
MR546/ 646: MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS: HINDUISM, BUDDHISM, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism are the largest living faiths. Consequences of European and other colonialisms. Students will learn to empathetically understand the religious and spiritual attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, oral and written traditions, decisions, and practices of the Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims in their own contexts. Students will learn to deal not only with glaring similarities, but also with obvious differences of religious beliefs and identities, various interreligious approaches and proposals.
PH512: CHRISTIANITY AND WESTERN THOUGHT
Dr. Forrest E. Baird
An introductory survey of the ideas and movements which have helped to shape Western Civilization and of the interaction of those ideas and movements with the Christian Church. Major contributions to the development of theological concepts will be examined from Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas through Descartes and Hume. Modern philosophies which decisively influence contemporary theology will be introduced beginning with Kant and extending through present day issues.