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BOT 502 - Elementary Hebrew II 3 Credits

This course constitutes the second half of an introduction to the elements of Hebrew grammar, and includes coverage of the remaining paradigms, development of parsing skills, and an introduction to the basics of syntax. By the end of the course, the student should be able to translate selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a lexicon and to parse regular verb forms. Prerequisite: BOT 501

BOT 520 - Pentateuch 3 Credits

A survey of the Pentateuch and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the Pentateuch is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BOT 530 - OT Historical Literature 3 Credits

A survey of the historical books of the Old Testament (also known as the Former Prophets) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of these narrative texts is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BOT 550 - OT Prophetic Literature 3 Credits

A survey of the Latter Prophets (often distinguished as “Major” and “Minor”) and study of selected passages in greater detail. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BOT 560 - Minor Prophets 3 Credits

An overview of the so-called Book of the Twelve and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of the words of the prophets is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BOT 601 - Hebrew Exegesis I 3 Credits

A careful analysis of selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with a view to developing both the student’s proficiency in working with the biblical text in its original language and an exegetical method for elucidating the original intended meaning. Key exegetical tools and interpretative strategies are introduced in order to equip the student for teaching or expository preaching. Prerequisite: BOT 502

BOT 602 - Hebrew Exegesis II 3 Credits

The focus of this course is on the continuing development of the student’s competence in exegeting the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis is placed on enhancing both the knowledge base and the skills that are required to elucidate the original intended meaning of a biblical text in its original language, all with a view to preparing the student for teaching or expository preaching. Prerequisite: BOT 601

BOT 605 - Hebrew Readings 3 Credits

The focus of this course is on the enhancement of skills in translation and parsing and on the development of proficiency in syntactical and discourse analysis through the reading of selected texts in the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: BOT 502

BOT 621 - Genesis 3 Credits

An overview of the first book of Bible and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this book of beginnings is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505

BOT 622 - Exodus 3 Credits

An overview of the second book of the Bible and careful analysis of selected passages. Relevant hermeneutical issues are highlighted, key themes are investigated, and the enduring significance of this covenantally and vocationally significant book is explored. Prerequisite: BIB 505