The Forbidden Books

TH 3301 Major Old Testament Themes

Dr. Todd Hanneken

Jump to January 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, March 2, 4, 9–11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, April 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, May 4–6

Monday, January 13 – introductions and context (LINK)

Historiography

  1. Wednesday, January 15 – universalism, particularism, and parallelism in 1 Maccabees 1 (LINK) (Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no class meeting)
  2. Wednesday, January 22 – the justification for killing in 1 Maccabees 2 (LINK)
  3. Monday, January 27 – God and suffering in 1 and 2 Maccabees (LINK)
  4. Wednesday, January 29 – martyrdom (LINK)
  5. Monday, February 3 – Josephus and historiography (LINK)
  6. Wednesday, February 5 – Josephus’ rewriting of 1 Maccabees (LINK)
  7. Monday, February 10 – test on historiography (LINK)

Apocalypses

  1. Wednesday, February 12 – introduction to apocalypses, Enoch, and the books attributed to him (LINK)
  2. Monday, February 17 – Enoch’s First Dream Vision (LINK)
  3. Wednesday, February 19 – The Animal Apocalypse, explaining the present (LINK)
  4. Monday, February 24 – The Animal Apocalypse, expectations for the future (LINK)
  5. Wednesday, February 26 – The Apocalypse of Weeks (LINK)
  6. Monday, March 2 Narrative Bridge, messiahs (LINK)
  7. Wednesday, March 4 – test on apocalypses

March 9–11 – spring break (no class meetings)

Wisdom Literature

  1. Wisdom Literature Module 0 – Overview and practice with how the course is changing
  2. Wisdom Literature Module 1 – Introduction to Wisdom Literature and Ben Sira (due March 23)
  3. Wisdom Literature Module 2 – Ben Sira on theodicy and the afterlife (due March 25)
  4. Wisdom Literature Module 3 – Lady Wisdom (due March 27)
  5. Wisdom Literature Module 4 – Ben Sira on wives and daughters (due March 30)
  6. Wisdom Literature Module 5 – Hellenistic Judaism (Wisdom of Solomon, Philo) and the immortality of the soul (due April 1)
  7. Wisdom Literature Module 6 – Wisdom of Solomon on theodicy, universalism, and natural law (due April 3)
  8. Monday, April 6 – test on wisdom literature

Rewritten Scripture

  1. Rewritten Scripture Module 1 – introduction to rewritten bible and Jubilees (due April 8)
  2. Rewritten Scripture Module 2 – creation in 6 or 7 days and the Garden of Eden (due April 15)
  3. Rewritten Scripture Module 3 – the flood, theodicy, and rewritten 1 Enoch (due April 20)
  4. Rewritten Scripture Module 4 – Religion, Gentiles, and the Jubilees “apocalypse” (due April 22)
  5. Monday, April 27, 3:15 pm – test on rewritten bible

Cumulative final exam – 11:30am, Monday, May 4, 2020

Optional final review live (synchronous) on Zoom – Wednesday, April 29, 3:15 pm