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Spring 2012/Phoenix

OT567

Moore

 

OT567:  JOB (ENGLISH TEXT). Michael S. Moore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

DESCRIPTION:  This course will help students interpret the book of Job from two perspectives: (1) the meaning of the book in its ancient context, and (2) the meaning of the book in its contemporary context; i.e., its continuing significance for communities of faith. Lectures will alternate between close exegetical treatment of selected passages and surveys of larger thematic issues, including JobŐs place within the contexts of Hebrew and ancient Near Eastern wisdom traditions. Students will be challenged to assess JobŐs impact on contemporary Western culture as well as the behavior and practices of the contemporary church.

 

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:  The book of Job is a rich theological resource from which the minister can develop exegetical skills, expand his/her understanding of a range of issues pertinent to the wisdom literature, and contemplate how divine sovereignty and human suffering relevantly intersect.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated (1) a fundamental knowledge of the literary forms and thematic content of the book of Job; (2) an acquaintance with a range of issues pertaining to the social and theological setting of Job as well as the larger Hebrew wisdom corpus; (3) an ability to apply exegetical and hermeneutical skills to specific texts; (4) an ability to reflect upon and evaluate the theological issues raised by the book of Job in order to discern their implications for Christian practice; and (5) an awareness of culturally diverse approaches to the reading and interpretation of inspired scripture.

 

COURSE FORMAT:  Ten meetings over ten weeks will provide 30 in-class hours devoted to exegesis, lecture, creative participation exercises, interactive DVD exercises, group discussion, and online participation.

 

REQUIRED READING:

English text of Job. TNIV, NRSV or CEB required.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1987 (ISBN 0-88344-552-2; $16.15)

Janzen, Gerald J. Job. Interpretation. Atlanta: John Knox, 1985 (ISBN 0-8042-3114-1; $19.80)

Newsom, Carol. The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003 (ISBN 0-19-515015-5; $24.95)

 

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

1.     Critical assessments of required readings and online participation (5 pp. single-spaced) 20%

2.     Term paper (12-15 pp. double-spaced) 40%

3.     Final exam (7.5 pp. single-spaced) 40%

 

PREREQUISITES:  None.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:  Meets the MA program requirements for OT book study (OTBK).

 

FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes.