The first five books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy – are known to the Jewish people as Books of the Law. These Five Books (“Pentateuch”) have been among the most authoritative and influential religious writings in human history, and the foundation for many of the beliefs of both Jews and Christians. Here we are first introduced to the God of the entire universe, are told how that universe (and humanity) came into existence, what is broken in the human condition, how the Hebrew people were created and became God’s unique representatives on earth, and much more. This class will consider the history, structure, content and themes of the Pentateuch in a more in-depth way than in previous Old Testament survey courses.
Wednesdays, 1-3 PM, April 10-May 29, 2013 (8 sessions)
Required Text: Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey, by Bill T. Arnold & Bryan E. Beyer – $400 pesos.
Study Guide for the Pentateuch final exam.