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Block, D. - Syllabus - Old Testament Theology [2009]

Aug 22, 2014



Old Testament Theology

Old Testament Theology (BITH 638)

SyllabusInstructor: Daniel I. Block Wheaton College Graduate School Wheaton, Illinois

Spring Semester, 2009 Tuesday-Thursday 11:15 AM - 1:05 PMContact Information: Office: Office Phone: Home Phone: e-mail: BGC 288 630-752-5272 630-293-0371 [email protected] Office Hours: T TR 9:00-10:30 AM; W 1:30-2:30 Or by appointment Teaching Assistant: Jason R. Gile E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 630-664-9822 CPO: 4114

Course Description: A study of the major teachings of the various parts and the whole of the Old Testament with concentration upon some of the most important themes in an attempt to discover the intention of the biblical writers (2005-2006 Catalogue of Wheaton College, p. 152). Specific Course Objectives: 1. To understand the distinctive goals and methods of Biblical theology. 2. To be introduced to some of the major themes of Old Testament theology. 3. To begin to recognize both the theological unity and the theological diversity found within the books that make up the Old Testament. 4. To begin to gain an appreciation for two-thirds world perspectives on biblical theology. 5. To gain skill in biblical theological research. 6. To gain an appreciation for the significance of Old Testament theological ideas within the context of the Scriptures as a whole (Old and New Testaments). 7. To be inspired by the discovery of new theological insights and to recognize the relevance of Old Testament theological convictions for the contemporary church.


Old Testament Theology

Course Reading: 1. Required Readings: Block, Daniel. Old Testament Theology: Course Notes. 2007. Mead, James K. Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007. (ISBN 0664229727). Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bibles Grand Narrative. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2006. (ISBN-10: 0-8308-2571-1; ISBN-13: 978-0-8308-2571-4). 2. Required Essays (Course Reader) Block, Daniel. Marriage and Family in Ancient Israel. In Marriage and Family in the Biblical World. Ed. K. Campbell. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003. Pp. 33-102. ________. My Servant David: Ancient Israels Vision of the Messiah. In Israels Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Ed. R. S. Hess and M. D. Carroll R. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003. Pp. 17-56. ________. The Old Testament on Hell. Chapter 2 in Hell under Fire. Ed. C. W. Morgan and R. A. Peterson, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. Pp. 43-66. ________. Preaching Old Testament Apocalyptic to a New Testament Church. Calvin Theological Journal 41 (2006): 17-52. ________. Preaching Old Testament Law to New Testament Christians. In Three Parts. Ministry 78 (2006): 78/5, pp. 5-11; 78/7, pp. 12-16; 78/9, 15-18. Brueggemann, Walter. Old Testament Theology. In The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies. Ed. J. W. Rogerson and J. M. Lieu. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. 675-97. Lemke, Werner E. Theology: Old Testament. Anchor Bible Dictionary. Ed. D. N. Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992. Pp. 448-73. Zevit, Z. Jewish Biblical Theology: Whence? Why? And Whither? Hebrew Union College Annual 76 (2005): 289-340. 3. Recommended Books:Anderson, Bernhard W. Contours of Old Testament Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999. (ISBN 0-8006-3074-2) Barr, James. The Concept of Biblical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999 (worth 2 credits). Birch, Bruce C., Walter Brueggemann, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen. A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999 (ISBN 0-687-01348-8). Block, Daniel I. The Gods of the Nations: Studies in Ancient Near Eastern National Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000 (ISBN 0-8010-2201-0).


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Brueggeman, Walter. Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy. Minneapolis: Fortress, 19987 (worth 2 credits). Dempster, Stephen. Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible. New Studies in Biblical Theology 15. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003 (ISBN 0-85111-783-X). Dumbrell, W. J. Covenant and Creation: A Theology of the Old Testament Covenants. Exeter: Paternoster, 1984. (ISBN 0853643466). Eichrodt, W. Theology of the Old Testament. 2 vols. Translated by John A. Baker. Westminster/London: SCM, 1961, 1967. Vol. 1 or 2. Philadelphia:

Goldingay, John. Old Testament Theology. Vol. 1, Israel's Gospel. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2004 (worth 2 credits). ________. Old Testament Theology. Vol. 2, Israel's Faith. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2006 (worth 2 credits). House, Paul. Old Testament Theology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1998 (ISBN 0-8308-1523-6). Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. 0310371007). Toward an Old Testament Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978 (ISBN

Martens, Elmer J. God's Design: A Focus on O.T. Theology, 3rd ed. N. Richland Hills, TX: Bibal, 1998. Ollenburger, Ben C. Old Testament Theology: Flowering and Future. Sources for Biblical and Theological Study 1. Revised edition of The Flowering of Old Testament Theology. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2004. Perdue, L. G. The Collapse of History: Reconstructing Old Testament Theology. Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992 (ISBN 0-8006-1563-8). Overtures to Biblical

Scobie, Charles H. H. The Ways of Our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. Smith, Ralph L. Old Testament Theology: Its History, Method, and Message. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1993 (ISBN 0-8054-1606-4). Von Rad, G. Old Testament Theology. Vol. 1: The Theology of Israel's Historical Traditions. Vol. 2: The Theology of Israel's Prophetic Traditions. Translated by D. M. G. Stalker. New York: Harper & Row/Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1962, 1965. Vol. 1 or 2. Walton, John H. Covenant: God's Purpose; God's Plan. Grand Rapids: Zondervan: 1994. (ISBN 0-310-57751-9). Wright, Christopher J. H. Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1993. (ISBN 0-8308-1693-3).

4. Recommended Essays:Beckwith, Roger T. "The Unity and Diversity of God's Covenants." TynB 38 (1987): 93-118. Block, Daniel I. Empowered by the Spirit of God: The Holy Spirit in the Historiographic Writings of the Old Testament. SBJT 1 (1997): 42-61. ________. Ezekiel: The Prophet of the Spirit. JETS 32 (1988): 27-50.


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________. Ezekiel: Theology of. In New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997. Vol. 4, pp. 615-28. ________. The Grace of Torah: The Mosaic Prescription for Life (Deut. 4:1-8; 6:20-25). Bibliotheca Sacra 162 (2005): 3-22. ________. God. In Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books. Ed. B. T. Arnold and H. G. M. Williamson. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005. Pp. 336-55. ________. How Many Is God? An Investigation into the Meaning of Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 47. Pp. 193-212. ________. Law, Ten Commandments, Torah. In Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Ed. C. Brand, C. Draper and A. England. Nashville: Holman, 2003. Pp. 1015-19. ________. Other Religions in Old Testament Theology. In Biblical Faith and Other Religions. Ed. D. W. Baker. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004. Pp. 43-78. ________. Tell Me the Old Old Story: Preaching from Old Testament Narrative. In Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts: Essays in Honor of Eugene Merrill. D. M. Howard and M. A. Grisanti, eds. Pp. 409-38. ________. When Nightmares Cease: A Message of Hope from Daniel 7. Calvin Theological Journal 41 (2006): 108-14. Gabler, Johann P. An Oration on the Proper Distinction between Biblical and Dogmatic Theology and the Specific Objectives of Each. In The Flowering of Old Testament Theology: A Reader in Twentieth-Century Old Testament Theology, 1930-1990. B. C. Ollenburger, E. A. Martens, and G. F. Hasel, eds. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1991. Pp. 489-502. Goldingay, J. Diversity and Unity in Old Testament Theology, VT 34 (1984): 153-68. Grogan, G. W. The Experience of Salvation in the Old and New Testaments, Vox Evangelica 5 (1967): 4-26. Martens, E. A. Accessing Theological Readings of a Biblical Book AUSS 34 (1996): 223-37. Sailhamer, J. H. The Messiah and the Hebrew Bible JETS 44 (2001): 5-23. Schultz, R. L. What is Canonical About a Canonical Biblical Theology? In Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect. Ed. S. J. Hafemann. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 2002. Pp. 83-99. ________. Diversity and Unity in O.T. Theology VT 34 (1984): 153-68.

Course Requirements: 1. Class Attendance. The class will meet every week from 11:15-1:05PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since the achievement of the course objectives is heavily dependent upon a student's participation in class, students who miss 10% of class meetings should schedule an appointment with the professor to discuss attendance. Those who miss more than 20% will receive an automatic "F" for the course.Notes: a. When pious Jewish men study the Scriptures they always wear a yarmulke, out of respect for and deference to God who speaks through the sacred text. Christians should not consider a baseball cap an appropriate substitute for the skullcap. b. Please turn off cell phones before entering the classroom.


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If you are late for class, remain outside until the devotional reading or prayer is completed.

2. Readings (The schedule of assigned readings is given below.) a. Wright. Students will submit a five-eight page critical review of the volume by Wright. The reports should include a summary of the aims and methodology of the author, a discussion of theological and methodological insights that were helpful, and a discussion of questions the book raised with respect to methodology, use of sources, and/or conclusions. b. Mead. Students will report on their readings o