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  • OT5302 Old Testament Historical Books 3 credit hours.

    November 2-6, 2020 Rick Wadholm Jr., PhD

    Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm wadholm@gmail.com

    Please note: The course requires reading, presentation preparation

    and writing before the first day of class.

    Course Content and Goals

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the Former Prophets (Joshua-Kings). While the study explores historical,

    literary, and theological issues related to the ancient Near Eastern context of these books,

    emphasis will also be placed upon the relevance of such texts for the present-day church.

    Relationship to Horizon’s Mission

    This course prepares students for Spirit-empowered life and ministry by equipping them to

    understand and apply biblical truth with greater proficiency.

    Course Competencies and Learning Outcomes

    To demonstrate competency in Biblical & Theological Literacy, students will

    1. Interpret the messages of the Former Prophets in their original contexts of the social,

    political, economic, and religious life of Israel and Judah.

    • Assessment: Class Presentation, Historical Paper, Literary Paper, Theological Paper

    2. Describe the key theological teachings of the Former Prophets.

    • Assessment: Class Presentation, Theological Paper 3. Analyze texts from the Former Prophets from a literary and theological perspective and

    within the broader context of the canon of Christian scripture.

    • Assessment: Reading of the Biblical Text, Class Presentation, Literary Paper, Theological Paper

    4. Describe some of the critical issues in interpreting the historical books, such as archeology,

    social institutions, and ideology.

    • Assessment: Class Presentation, Historical Paper 5. Apply themes from the Former Prophets to ministry within the contemporary church and

    world.

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    • Assessment: Class Presentation, Theological Paper

    To demonstrate competency in Spiritual Maturity, students will:

    6. Apply the lessons learned from studying the content of the prophetic messages to their own

    personal lives and Christian journey.

    • Assessment: Theological Paper

    Course Work

    Required Readings

    Arnold, Bill T., and H. G. M. Williamson, eds. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical

    Books. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780830817825 (required

    reading is 138 pp. of select articles listed below)

    • Deuteronomic History

    • Narrative Art of Israel’s Historians

    • Joshua, Book of

    • Judges, Book of

    • Kings and Kingship

    • Samuel, Books of

    • Kings, Books of

    • War and Peace

    Hamilton, Victor P. Handbook on the Historical Books: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings,

    Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Esther. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008. ISBN:

    0801036143 (378 pp., only the pages pertaining to Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2

    Kings)

    Mills, Mary E. Joshua to Kings: History, Story, Theology. 3rd Ed. T&T Clark Approaches to

    Biblical Studies. London, T&T Clark, 2016. ISBN: 0567656454 (208 pp.)

    Wadholm Jr., Rick. A Theology of the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Pentecostal Perspective.

    Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2018. ISBN: 1935931725 (260 pp.)

    **Students are responsible to purchase textbooks from a third-party retailer. For your

    convenience, Horizon has partnered with Kennedy's Parable to provide textbooks.

    Course Assignments and Activities

    1. Reading of the Biblical Text (10%). The student will read the books of Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, and 1-2 Kings in a contemporary

    translation of the Bible, and the correlated portions of Hamilton, and come to each class day

    prepared to ask at least six critical questions they may have pertaining to each biblical book

    (three from the text of Scripture, three from Hamilton) by writing these down prior to the first

    day of class (while the on-campus class will only engage Judges and 1-2 Samuel, questions will

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    be written for all of the books). The questions will be typed using double-space, 12 pt Times

    New Roman with one inch margins and may use numbered bullet points to aid in identifying

    distinct questions. No bibliography is needed, but page numbers in Hamilton should be indicated

    for questions pertaining to this reading.

    • Related learning outcome(s): #3.

    • Assignment Length: 3-5 pages (approximately). Due date: Monday, November 2

    2. Class Presentation (15%).

    The student will prepare a 15-20 minute presentation on a specified text of Judges-Samuel upon

    consultation with the professor prior to the on-campus session. The presentation may include

    power points, illustrations, questions for the class, discussion points, handouts, etc. The text

    selected by the student with the professor’s approval will have teaching notes that can follow any

    format that is most conducive to the student’s approach but should include at least 2 pages of

    typed content to aid in the professor’s evaluation of the assignment. The notes will comprise one

    part of the assessment for this assignment with bulk of the remainder pertaining to the actual

    class presentation (based upon quality of critical content appropriate to the topic and course,

    engagement with class, and exegesis of the text with some contemporary application or

    illustration). Consideration of the textbooks for this course will provide helpful tools for

    methodology, various interpretations, as well as historical, literary and theological issues. The

    textbooks should thus all be read prior to the week on-campus to better aid in the Class

    Presentation. The date of presentation will be provided just prior to the on-campus portion.

    • Related learning outcome(s): #1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

    • Assignment Length: 2 pages. Due date: Monday, November 2.

    3. Historical Paper (25%).

    The student will write a brief research paper (approximately 5-7 pages) offering a historical

    engagement with the accounts and descriptions of the ancient city of Jericho during the time of

    the Former Prophets (note particularly any archeological issues). Use at least five sources

    excluding translations, English dictionaries, or other inappropriate citations. At least one

    academic journal article should be included. The paper will be written following the Horizon

    writing format guidelines. See the pertinent section in the Syllabus Bibliography for numerous

    journal sources for this assignment.

    • Related learning outcome(s): #1, 4.

    • Assignment Length: 5-7 pages. Due date: Monday, November 2.

    4. Literary Paper (25%).

    The student will write a brief research paper (approximately 5-7 pages) concerning the literary

    shape/s of 1 Samuel 17-18 (note the use of terms in the Hebrew Bible in this passage, structure,

    placement in the larger corpus, repetitions, characterizations, descriptions, text critical issues,

    etc.). This may include comparison between the LXX and Masoretic versions of this narrative.

    Use at least five sources excluding translations, English dictionaries, or other inappropriate

    citations. At least one academic journal article should be included. The paper will be written

    following the Horizon writing format guidelines. See the pertinent section in the Syllabus

    Bibliography for numerous journal sources for this assignment.

    • Related learning outcome(s): #1, 3.

    • Assignment Length: 5-7 pages. Due date: Friday, November 27.

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    5. Theological Paper (25%).

    The student will write a brief research paper (approximately 5-7 pages) concerning a theological

    reading and engagement with 2 Samuel 7 (what does this passage say about God, humanity,

    redemption, revelation, etc.). This should consider the ancient theological context/s prior to

    consideration and any comparison to contemporary theological context/s. The student should

    also propose at least two brief practical theological considerations that can may a devotional

    element written in academic style. Use at least five sources excluding translations, English

    dictionaries, or other inappropriate citations. At least one academic journal article should be

    included. The paper will be written following the Horizon writing guidelines using Turabian. See

    the pertinent section in the Syllabus Bibliography for numerous journal sources for this

    assignment.

    • Related learning outcome(s): #1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

    • Assignment Length: 5-7 pages. Due date: Friday, December 18.

    Course Outline / Class Schedule

    Monday,

    2 November

    9:00-9:15 Introductions

    & Assignments into Study Calendar

    9:15-12:00 Introduction to the Deuteronomistic History

    1:00-2:30 Introduction to Judges

    2:30-4:00 Judges: On Judges and the Spirit

    Tuesday,