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Approaches to Old Testament Ethics
This course examines the various ways in which the Old Testament has been used in ethical reflection. The strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches are noted, and new approaches are explored by examining the Old Testament’s own basis for making ethical evaluations. The course aims to suggest new approaches for the use of the Old Testament in ethical reflection.
The course requires that students have taken Old Testament Interpretation or the equivalent.
Assigned readings in the scholarly literature; preparation of the biblical passages to be discussed in class; a final 15-25 page paper on a passage or a problem dealing with the ethical dimensions of the Old Testament.
Performance in the class discussions; performance on the paper.