Surveying the Jewish Bible, Module 1
Dr. Jeffrey Seif, Instructor
This mini-course will survey the Torah, Nevi'im, K'tuvim and the Brit Hadashah-both their respective worlds and their words. As for the Bible's “worlds,” we'll pay special attention to biblical history, in the process of which we will consider various geographical, political and social pressures that had a direct effect on Israel and Judah, and provided the backdrop for the various prophetic exhortations given by the Nevi'im, which were then recorded and preserved in our Hebrew Bibles. We'll assess the literature in chronological order, after which we'll briefly consider the four hundred year inter-testamental period. That attended to, we'll then focus on Roman occupied Judea, and the New Testament's story that was played out therein. In the process of so doing, we will become formally acquainted with the synoptic Gospels and John. Moving beyond Judea, the story and literature of Rabbi Paul (called the “Pauline Corpus”) will be the object of considerable attention-both the doctrinal and rabbinical (or “pastoral”) epistles, collectively and individually. With the Gospels and the Pauline literature attended to, we'll then close with a consideration of the Messianic Jewish (or “General”) epistles, which we'll probe for context and content. By means of the above, we should become better acquainted with the complete Jewish Bible and, as a result, be better able to minister the life-giving Word by virtue of our having been formally and systematically introduced to it.
Module One: A Survey of the Torah, Nevi'im and K'tuvim
Not only is Scripture puzzling but, in many ways, it's actually like a puzzle-made up of an assortment of seemingly disconnected pieces, that need sorted and assembled. By means of this eight-hour module, students will be able to put the Hebrew Bible together sequentially, understand it better theologically, and be better able to offer a telling of what it says and how it applies to today. This module will be taught over two days, over an eight-hour period.
Approx. 6 hours of teaching on 3 DVDs. (2010)