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Introduction to the Old Testament

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This course is designed as a one-semester introduction to the history and culture reflected in and the literature contained in the Old Testament. We will read large portions of this library in order to understand the culture(s) that produced it, as well as its impact on our culture today. For students, the objectives of the course are: 1) to be familiar with as well as appreciate the literature in the Old Testament; 2) to understand this literature in terms of its historical and cultural context (i.e., events, movements, values, ideologies, and self-understandings), as well as to engage it as literature; 3) to examine the influence these texts have and continue to have on our culture(s) and thought(s); 4) to acquire skills outlined in the Doane Plan category of Heritage Studies; and 5) to develop both study skills and time-management talents as well as an informed view of the subject matter through reading primary and secondary sources and in-class discussion.