Religious Studies 312--Hebrew Prophets--Fall 2006
Strong Hall 207
1. Texts Required:
a. V. Matthews, The Social World of the Hebrew Prophets (Hendrickson, 2001 = SWHP)
b. V. Matthews, A Brief History of Ancient Israel (Westminster, 2002 = BHI)
c. D. Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis (Westminster, 2001 = OTE)
d. Bible. Use any modern translation. NRSV will be used in class by the instructor.
2. Course Description:The intention of this course is to do a close reading of the portion of the Hebrew Bible which includes the major and minor prophets. Methods will be demonstrated for study and analysis of these materials, including the use of sociological, anthropological, historical, and literary criticism. In particular, the emphasis will be on a comparative study of prophecy in the ancient Near East and in other cultures.
3. Class Routine:This course will include some lectures on methods, but the bulk of class time will be taken up with in depth discussion of the prophetic texts. Study questions will be provided for each class period. These will form the basis of class discussion. Students also will be expected to develop additional questions to enrich our class discussion.
4. Exams:There will be two formal exams: a midterm and a final.
5. Make-up Exams:Students are expected to notify the instructor prior to an exam if they are unable to take it as scheduled. A make-up exam will be administered, but may consist of a different format than the original exam.
6. Written Assignment:One short paper (12-15 pages minimum) will be required in this course. The paper will explore a well defined pericope, a self-contained unit of text (http://www.godward.org/archives/BS%20Notes/Bible%20Study%20Notes%20No%20One%20Pericope1.htm). A list of potential topics appears below. Any other pericopes must be approved by the instructor. The paper must be double-spaced, typewritten, and must follow a consistent style of documentation (either footnotes, endnotes, or MLA style). Proofread the paper carefully since a paper containing too many errors will be handed back to the student for revision and will receive a reduction in grade. If you choose to use Internet sources, please read the caution found at: http://www.slu.edu/departments/english/research/page02.html. An on-line bibliography of sources dealing with Hebrew Prophets can be found at: http://courses.missouristate.edu/vhm970f/bib/PROPHET.html.
Written Assignment Due: December 1, 2006
Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem
Rembrandt van Rijn - 1630
SUGGESTED PAPER TOPICS
Most of these topics will be touched on in class discussion, but students can choose to explore one of them in more depth in their written assignment. If you would like to suggest a topic for class discussion or for your written assignment that is not on this list, please check with the instructor.
I would also direct you to the university statement of community
principles at (http://www.missouristate.edu/declaration).
9. Grading:The final grade will be determined as follows:
Written Assignment = 100 points
Mid-term Exam = 100 points
Final Exam = 100 points
Class Participation = 100 points
The grade will be determined on a ten point scale: 90-100 = A.
Borderline grades will be determined by such factors as attendance, completion of work on time, evidence of hard work, and a willingness to seek help as well as general contribution to class discussions.
Final Exam: Monday, December 11, 2006; 8:45-10:45 am; STRO 404
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11. Inclusive Language:In line with the newest style guides, I will be using inclusive language. This means that I will use language that includes women whenever possible. Instead of "man" I will use "human beings." Instead of "he" I will use "he or she," etc. I urge you to follow my lead both orally and in written form.
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13. Office Hours:Students should feel free to consult with me about the course and their work. My office is STRO 207. I will be there 10-10:50 M-F. If you can not meet with me during posted office hours, make an appointment to see me at a mutually agreeable time. Associate Dean's office: 836-5529.
Reading assignments will list textbooks by abbreviations (SWHP, BHI, and OTE). Reserve materials will be listed by the author’s last name. Reading should be completed as assigned and before class. You are responsible for all reading assignments & they will serve as the basis of each class' discussion. It is also expected that students will initiate topics for discussion during the semester.
Since this course will emphasize cross-cultural analysis of the phenomena of
prophecy, discussion will include parallel materials from other ancient Near
Weber, Sociology of Religion: Prophets section (C) only!
Unit Two: The earliest Hebrew prophetic practices: Divination, Necromancy, Ritual Performance, Ecstasy:
Unit Three: The Last Days of Israel:
Unit Four: Judah as Vassal State:
Unit Five: Last Days of Judah:
Unit Six: Exile:
Unit Seven: Return and Restoration:
Unit Eight: Hellenistic Period:
Final Exam: Monday, December 11, 2006; 8:45-10:45 am; STRO 404
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