Course Descriptions

HIST 6/451 Hermeneutics of Old Testament Texts in Jewish and Christian Tradition - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

A comparative study of hermeneutical methods for reading the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament in early Jewish and Christian tradition. 

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Early Christianity
  • Bible and Theology

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and describe the various methods of hermeneutics in early Judaism and early Christianity;
  • assess biblical hermeneutics of the Old Testament as an instrument for establishing Jewish and Christian codes of belief; and
  • explain ways that the Old Testament provides context for understanding the New Testament.

Field Study

A one-day interactive field study to sites relevant to the development of early Jewish and Christian hermeneutical processes.