FSW - Phoenix
OT567: 1 & 2 KINGS (ENGLISH TEXT). Michael S. Moore
DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the content, structure, and theology of 1 & 2 Kings. It will
assist students toward developing a holistic strategy for reading 1 & 2 Kings by introducing them to contemporary methods of analysis. Historical, literary, sociological, and comparative anthropological avenues of inquiry will be assessed for their contribution to this strategy.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The message of 1 & 2 Kings shapes the heart of IsraelŐs faith and plays a significant role in the theology of the church, but for many it seems incomprehensible, even irrelevant. Students finishing this course will be able to understand the basic narrative unity of 1 & 2 Kings and discuss its major theological themes in order to help others address more effectively the moral and spiritual issues facing the contemporary church.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated that they: 1. have a knowledge and understanding of book of Kings, its literary features, its historical and cultural context, and the way it illustrates works of its genre; 2. can offer an exegesis of passages from Kings in light of a range of appropriate interpretive approaches, including ones that take account of the diversity of contexts from which the text can be read; 3. have articulated some reflection on the significance of Kings for their discipleship and ministry.
COURSE FORMAT: Ten meetings over ten weeks will provide 30 hours of in-class instruction. Class time will be devoted to exegesis, lecture, creative participation exercises, DVD illustration, and group discussion.
1. Abstracts of assigned readings (5 pp. single-spaced). (25%)
2. Term paper (12-15 pp. double-spaced). (40%)
3. Final exam (7.5 pp. single-spaced). (35%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M. Div.: Elective; MAT: OT/OBK; MACL: OT/OTBK.
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.