Approaches to Old Testament Ethics

REL549
Fall 2017
T 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

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.

Background Expected: 

The course requires that students have taken Old Testament Interpretation or the equivalent.

Course Requirements: 

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.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Performance in the class discussions; performance on the paper.