An introduction to biblical studies in the seminary setting, designed to deepen the student’s overall understanding of the biblical literature and to provide an orientation to the disciplines of graduate-level biblical research. The course includes an overview of the documents of Christian Scripture, considering structure, content, major themes, literary forms, chronology, first century historical-cultural setting, composition, and canonical interrelationship. It also exposes the student to key issues and prominent schools of thought in biblical research, and seeks to enhance the student’s own competence in the skills of biblical study.
This course focuses on the development of a systematic approach to the interpretation of Scripture. Although reference is made to various interpretative systems and strategies, special attention is given to the historical-grammatical method. The predominant literary genres of the Bible are examined and relevant principles of interpretation highlighted. Emphasis is placed on understanding the original, intended meaning of Scripture in its canonical context as the basis upon which to prepare expositions and make appropriate contemporary applications.
A survey of various approaches to Old Testament theological investigation, analysis of key passages and themes in the Hebrew Scriptures, and practical experience in doing Old Testament theology, all with a view to exploring the enduring significance of this first testament.
Various issues related to the nature of New Testament Theology are considered and concerns related to topical/thematic and author/strata approaches are discussed. The theologies of the NT documents and collections are explored in the context of their historical development for the themes, motifs and concepts that are their common and distinctive contribution to the theology of the NT.
An introduction to the Old Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures. The course involves reading of selected Greek texts and English translations of the Septuagint as well as other sources that elucidate the history and influence of this important version of the Scriptures. Key issues and problems in the field of Septuagint studies will also be investigated. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 501
Septuagint Studies is a burgeoning field of research that has seen the recent publication of modern language translations, lexica, and monographs on a wide range of topics. A major project currently underway is the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS). The commentary is genetic, in the sense that it seeks to trace the translation process that resulted in the product, i.e., the so-called original text of the Old Greek. Students will be introduced to the foundational principles of the SBLCS project, and the methodological tools requisite to writing a philological commentary on the Greek text, with specific reference to the Old Greek Psalter.
This course will examine the book of Job through the text of the Greek Old Testament (LXX). Special attention will be paid to the unique aspects of LXX Job in comparison to the Hebrew text.
The student is introduced to essential principles and methodological considerations that interpreters of the Septuagint must take into account in order to exegete this translation responsibly and use it knowledgeably in other hermeneutical contexts. Selected portions of the Septuagint will be investigated in the light of these guidelines. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 601
A study of the reception history of the Septuagint in both Jewish and Christian canonical contexts, and in the works of early Jewish and Christian translators, revisors, and authors. The evidence for the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will be explored against the backdrop of this history, and selected texts will be studied. Prerequisites: BNT 601, BOT 601
Students are provided with the opportunity to do focused work in a specialized area of Septuagint studies. The purpose is to help students broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, to challenge them to carry out critical research on current issues and concepts, and to facilitate their development of skills that are relevant to the discipline. BNT 601, BOT 601