A Brief Introduction to The Old Testament and New Testament

Schedule: September 10 - October 8; October 29 - November 26 on Sundays at 10:05 am

Objectives: The objectives of this course is to introduce a variety of contexts (literary, historical, cultural...etc.) to interpret the diverse contents of the Christian Bible (as presented in both the modern Catholic and Protestant canons). The use of these contexts and interpretations should provide a greater depth and breadth to explore our shared faith together, enabling a greater diversity of discernment. In short: I hope that from this class you can begin to answer some questions you have about the Bible but that you would also leave with even more questions to begin to try and answer.

Description: This course will move content-wise through the Christian canon as it appears today. Since each class is only 40 minutes and we only have so few classes, we are providing for you a list of readings to be completed BEFORE each class. You many choose to not complete these readings but the class discussions will be less useful. As a compromise, there are readings in parentheses below, you may choose to read these shortened readings in place of the full readings--understand that these readings will not give you the complete context and you will still be at a disadvantage in class discussions. PLEASE READ YOUR BIBLES. As a foundation for the class, we will be using two academic books extensively for the structuring of this course: A Brief Introduction To The Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible In Its Context by Michael D. Coogan and A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ by Carl R. Holladay. We will also be using other texts as the course moves on and we will highlight those texts as we use them. The course will be taught by three different teachers to provide a variety of perspectives: Rev. Tim Gray, Rev. Lucretia Chew, and Steve Haddad.

Course Rules: Respect. Please respect the lecturers and please respect your fellow classmates. Please hold all questions (write down your questions) until the lecturer asks for questions. Please do not interrupt the lecturer and please do not interrupt each other. We will be providing opportunities to interpret Scripture and the ways we interpret Scripture can often correspond to our individual emotions, experiences and traditions. All emotions are welcome, but not all behaviors will be welcome.

Schedule:

Date

Class Title

Readings

9/10

OT

Introduction

9/17

OT

Beginnings

Genesis 1-11 (Genesis 1-4:16, 6-9:29, 11-11:8)

9/24

OT

Patriarch Myths

Genesis 11-50, Exodus (Genesis 12:1-9, 15, 17, 22:17-18; Exodus 3:1-4:17, 4:24-26, 12-13)

10/1

OT

Languages & Timelines

Daniel (Daniel 1-5, 8)

10/8

OT

Israelite/Judahite Politics

Judges, Kings, 2 Kings, Hosea, Hezekiah, Micah (Judges 11:1-12:7, Judges 21:25, Josh 2; 6:22-25 and 9, 1 Kings 12:28-30, 1 Kings 15:33-16:7, 1 Kings 22)

10/29

OT

Oppression

Ezekiel, Ezra, Isaiah 56-66, Zechariah, Maccabees, Malachi (Psalm 137, Isaiah 40-55, Isaiah 44:28-45:1, Isaiah 66)

11/5

NT

Introduction

Date

Class Title

Readings

11/12

NT

Gospels

The Gospels (TBA)

11/19

NT

Systematic Theologies

Paul's Epistles and Catholic letters (TBA)

11/26

NT

Literary Styles

Revelations, Daniel, Mark, Romans (TBA)