TH3301, undergraduate level, taught spring 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011, spring 2014
TH6311, graduate level, taught fall 2008


The course will survey the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, in the historical contexts of their composition, and through the history of interpretation in Judaism and Christianity. Special attention will be paid to the variety of methods of interpretation, including historical-critical (modern), traditional theological (pre-modern), and contemporary-critical (postmodern) methods.


Required texts


For undergraduates, TH2301 "Foundations of Theology" or SMC1314W "Foundation of Reflection: God"

Graduate students should consider refreshing their general knowledge of the Hebrew Bible by reading through all of John J. Collins, A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (a non-short version is also available)