TH6317 The Interpretation of the History of Israel

Todd R. Hanneken, Ph.D.

Spring 2019

Sequence of topics

Note that some topics will require more than one week.

  1. Introductions (LINK)
  2. The origin of Israel in Canaan (LINK)
  3. Early national hymns (LINK)
  4. Deuteronomistic History (LINK)
  5. Persian period histories (LINK)
  6. Hellensitic period histories (LINK)
  7. Roman period histories (LINK)
  8. Christian retellings (LINK)
  9. Rabbinic Midrash (LINK)
  10. Zionism, Christian Zionism, and Modern Israel (LINK)
  11. Synthesis (LINK)
  12. Research paper (LINK)

Schedule

Wednesday evenings

Week 1, January 9, 2019 - Introductions

Week 2, January 16, 2019 - The origin of Israel in Canaan

Week 3, January 23, 2019 - Early National Hymns

Week 4, January 30, 2019 - Deuteronomistic History

Week 5, February 6, 2019 - Deuteronomistic History

Week 6, February 13, 2019 - Persian period histories

Week 7, February 20, 2019 - Persian period histories

Week 8, February 27, 2019 - Hellenistic period histories

Week 9, Theology Day March 2 and class session March 6, 2019
Since Theology Day will occupy your Saturday and impact the time you would otherwise have spent preparing for class, we will not proceed through new texts on March 6. Please do take an hour or so to review your notes from the first half of the course. We can talk about any questions you may have. In particular, please be prepared to discuss: (1) One idea or theme that you really got—something that makes sense and will be useful. (2) One term, topic, or issue that still hasn’t clicked—something that seems like it is important and you should know, but doesn’t yet make sense or seem like anyone cares.

(Spring break the week of March 13, 2019)

Week 10, March 20, 2019 - Hellenistic period histories

Week 11, March 27, 2019 - Roman period histories

Week 12, April 3, 2019 - Roman period histories

Week 13, April 10, 2019 - Christian retellings

Week 14, April 17, 2019 - Rabbinic midrash and Zionism Christian retellings

Week 15, April 24, 2019 - Rabbinic Midrash and Synthesis

Study day, May 1, 2019 - no class meeting

Final exam, May 8, 2019

Final paper, May 9, 2019