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111 syllabus fa-2008 final2 - SYLLABUS RELIGION 111G THE...

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SYLLABUS RELIGION 111G THE WORLD OF THE HEBREW BIBLE Fall Semester, 2008 Instructor: Bruce Zuckerman Lecture Location: VKC 100 Time: Monday, Wednesday 2:00 P.M. to 3:20 P.M. Office: ACB 339 (in the West Tower of ACB) Office Phone: (213)740-0271 Email (internet) address: [email protected] Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:00 P.M. to 2.00 P.M and by appointment. Teaching Assistant: Robert Shanklin Discussion Location: ZHS 360 Discussion Periods: Mondays & Wednesdays 11.00 A.M. to 11.50 A.M. Office: MHP B5C (in the basement of MHP) Office Phone: (213) 740-5165 Email (internet) address: [email protected] Office hours: 12.00 Noon to 1.00 P.M. and by appointment. Course Prospectus: The aim of this course is to give a comprehensive introduction to the Hebrew Bible, concentrating on the most central theological issues in all three subdivisions of the scriptures, according to Jewish tradition: the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. While we shall closely consider what the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament can contribute to our knowledge of history of the Ancient Near East, and also consider the literary aspects of the individual biblical texts, neither the “Bible as History” nor the “Bible as Literature” will be the central focus in this course. Rather, we will focus upon the Bible as a religious document out of which emerged those basic theological concepts that decisively shaped western civilization. Our particular concern will therefore be biblical ideas about the nature of God, the relationship of the Deity to mankind, and the overall human condition. Books required: A Bible of your choice (but preferably not the King James Version). Recommended Bible: the Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha in the edition of the Oxford Annotated Bible , college edition . A Journey through the Hebrew Scriptures ; 2 nd ed., by Frank S. Frick (Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth, 2003). A History of Ancient Israel and Judah by J. Maxwell Miller and John H. Hayes (2nd ed., Louisville, London: Westminster/Knox, 2006). 1
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Course requirements : QUIZZES/EXAMINATIONS: a. Weekly quizzes every Monday unless otherwise announced. (15 % of grade) . For the quizzes you will be responsible for only the material assigned in the Bible during a given week. NOTE: A 60 % OVERALL AVERAGE ON THE WEEKLY QUIZZES IS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PASSING THIS COURSE. b. One midterm examination, Wednesday, October 15, 2008 during class period — 15 % of grade . c. Final examination, Friday Dec. 12 th 2008; 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P .M. 30 % of grade . PAPERS: a. one short paper (approximately 5 pages) due Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10 % of grade . The topic of this paper will be one of your own choice, as long as it is in reference to the Book of Judges. Since the book of Judges will not be directly studied during this course, you will be required to read and study this biblical book on your own and then choose an appropriate topic. Be sure to read the book in its entirety before you decide on your paper topic and focus on a given subject matter. You are encouraged to check the topic with the either the instructor or the teaching assistant.
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