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Spring 2012

Fuller Northwest


                                                                                                                        P. Scalise

OT507: DANIEL (Hebrew text): Pamela Scalise



A study of Daniel (with exegesis of Hebrew portions), including an introduction to the structure and theology of the book, the various genres represented in the book, its setting and other characteristic features of post-exilic literature . Translation and exegetical skills will be part of the subject matter of the course.



      Exegetical skills and knowledge of biblical content and theology are continuing responsibilities of every Christian minister who will use the Bible for theology, teaching, preaching and guidance for decision making. Students completing the course should have developed a plan for using Daniel in ministry.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated that they:

      (1) have a knowledge and understanding of the book of Daniel, 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 Daniel 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 Daniel for their discipleship and ministry; (4) have a competence in working with texts in their original language, including familiarity with apparatuses and tools requisite to such study.



The class will meet on ten Tuesdays, March 27 and April 10 – June 5, 2012, (except April 3) 6:00-9:30 PM (35 hours) for recitation, discussion and lecture.



       The biblical books of Zechariah, Haggai, Malachi, Ezra & Nehemiah (NRSV, TNIV or CEB) plus the apocryphal books of 1 and 2 Maccabees.

       Exegetical Workbook (120 pp., distributed on the first day of class; $10 donation requested)

       Elliger, K. and W. Rudolph. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Hendrickson, 2006. Compact ed. 978-1598561630 $69.95

       Brown, Driver and Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996. 978-1565632066 $34.95

       Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar. Ed., E. Kautsch. Trans., A.E. Cowley. Dover Publications, 2006. 978-0486443447 $24.95


       Jouon, P. - T. Muraoka. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, Parts 1, 2 & 3. Biblical Inst. Press, 2006. 978-8876536298 $80.00

       Goldingay, John. Daniel. Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 30. Nashville: Th. Nelson, 1989. 978-0849902291 $49.99

       Smith-Christopher, Daniel. Daniel. New Interpreters Bible, Vol. 7. Abingdon, 1996. iPreach.

       eReader including Journal articles by authors such as: Avalos, H., P. Davies, T. Meadowcroft, W.S. Towner, A. Portier-Young, and Sangtinuk.



       Allen, Lindsay. The Persian Empire. University of Chicago, 2005. 978-0226014470 $39.95

       Kelley, P.H., D.S. Mynatt, & T.G. Crawford. The Masorah of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Eerdmans, 1998. 978-0802843630 $26.00

       Portier-Young, Anathea E. Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism. Eerdmans, 2011. 978-0802865984 $50.00

       Smith-Christopher, Daniel. Biblical Theology of Exile. Augsburg Fortress, 2002. 978-0800632243. $20.00



1. Complete the exegetical notebook, including analysis and translation of nine assigned passages from Daniel plus notes on textbook readings and other research. (35%)

            2. Participation in class by reading, reporting and discussing. (20%)

            3. Reading: the book of Daniel in English; assignments from the Bible, textbooks and articles.

            4. Recorded readings in Hebrew (5%)

5. Exegetical project: research and planning for ministry application of selected passages. (25%)

            6. Final exam: oral. (15%)


PREREQUISITES: LG502 or equivalent


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: OTC/Ex in M.Div. and M.A.T. Bib.St. core; Biblical Studies in M.A.T.


FINAL EXAM: Yes -- Oral                                                                                                         FNW - Spring 2012