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Biblical Literature: Old Testament

Course NumberLIT 245W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionStudies critically the literature of the Old Testament. Examines the Old Testament Canon in its historical development. Also examines both the literary styles and changing theological and ethical ideas. Credit may be earned in LIT 245 or IHU 245 but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Distinguish between works of national history, poetry, and narrative in the Old Testament.
  1. Cite different examples and traits of these genres.
  2. Explain the elements of these different types in written homework.

Recognize some of the cultural/historical sources that affect Old Testament literature.
  1. Cite differences of place and time, and how those shape the writings.
  2. Compare the world of the Old Testament to the contemporary world.

Analyze Old Testament works for dominant themes and motifs.
  1. Identify details gained from close reading of various books in the Old Testament, and presenting those in discussion.
  2. Compose an interpretation of a specific work in writing.

Pursue and consider metaphysical issues based on an understanding of Old Testament readings.
  1. Discuss such issues as the nature of God and God's relationship with humanity.
  2. Address these issues in writing while incorporating and citing particular evidence for the Old Testament literature.

Utilize writing to promote learning in any or all of the above Outcomes and Objectives.

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