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Graduate Spring 2008 Courses

JS 597R: Directed Study
JS 598R: Thesis/Exam Preparation
JS 730: The Book of Ecclesiastes
JS 730: Issues in Hebrew Bible Studies: Diachronic Approaches

 

 

JS 597R: Directed Study
Faculty, Time: TBA

 

 

JS 598R: Thesis/Exam Preparation
Faculty, Time: TBA

 

JS 730: The Book of Ecclesiastes
Blumenthal, Time: TTH 2:30-3:45, MAX: 5

Course description: One of the most perplexing books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes because of its rigorous critique of all human effort. This course will attempt to read the whole book closely and to determine: its main arguments, its main structure, and why it was included in the Bible since it seems almost cynical.

Texts:

  • a Bible
  • various commentaries to Ecclesiastes available on reserve

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JS 730: Issues in Hebrew Bible Studies: Diachronic Approaches (same as RLHB 792)
Lambert, Time: M 1:00-4:00, MAX: 12 (JS 4, RLHB 8)

Course description: This course will consider the benefits of broadly tracing the origin and development of key Western religious practices and concepts from the Hebrew Bible into ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Examination of multiple epochs can serve as a control in the analysis of the worldview of ancient cultures and help overcome the interpretive difficulty of understanding the pre-history of concepts that have since become commonplace in the West. The idea of “repentance” will be used to illustrate methods for how such a research agenda may be pursued. In the process, we will consider questions of philology, ritual, theology, and the history of biblical interpretation.

Texts:

  • a Bible

Particulars: This course requires familiarity with biblical Hebrew and Greek. It is primarily intended for doctoral students in Hebrew Bible but may be of interest to students of early Christianity as well.

 

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