Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to:
- produce a guided exegesis of a text from the Torah;
- make a text-syntactic analysis of a prophetic text;
- and critically evaluate secondary literature.
The first half of this course concerns the Torah. Each week, we will focus on one or more Torah texts using a specific theme or methodological approach. In this way, you will become more familiar with the Torah and develop your skills in academic biblical exegesis.
In the second half of the course we will turn to the prophetic literature. We will concern ourselves primarily with Isaiah, zooming in for detailed reading of a text before considering the book as a whole. In this way, we will build a picture of the complexity of prophetic literature, in its formation of both individual texts and biblical books as a whole. We will place a special emphasis on Isaiah 7.1-17 and get to know various methods, including text linguistics, domain analysis, and corpus analysis.
Your skills and knowledge will be assessed in three ways:
- Guided exegesis of Genesis 11.1-9 (40% of final grade)
- Domain analysis of Isaiah 35 (40% of final grade)
- Critical evaluation of secondary literature (20% of final grade)