Oct 24, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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CLWR 3310 - Old Testament

Explores the writings of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), their relationship to the history and culture in which they were produced, and their relevance to more recent issues in modern religious discourse. Covers a range of topics, including divine encounters, worship practices, sacred space, political religion, archaeology, ethics, gender, and memory. Applies several modern approaches as well as survey at various points the ‘afterlife’ of the Hebrew scriptural traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Awareness of genre, background, authorship, and writing procedures in the ancient world.
  • Important theological ideas and figures in the texts, e.g. covenant, law, sacrifice, angels, gods, and kings.
  • The historical context of the writing of the texts and probability / improbability of events and persons in these texts.
  • The history of the ancient Mediterranean world, Israel, Judah, and Judaism as relevant context of those texts.
  • The interpretations of the texts, stories and ideas in the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • The traditional social patterns, roles, and values prescribed and reflected in the texts, e.g. kingship, prophecy, gender, slavery.

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