Hebrew Exegesis: The Book of Micah

REL583
Fall 2016
TTH 9:00am - 10:20am
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This exegetically focused course will explore literary, theological, and hermeneutical issues involved in interpreting the book of Micah. Paying close attention to the Hebrew text, we will consider the diction, themes, literary artistry, and rhetorical power of this prophetic discourse. A systematic review of Hebrew grammar will not be the focus of this course; those who need such review should take Intermediate Hebrew instead. We will subordinate our consideration of grammar and syntax to the larger interpretive issues involved in appreciating the literary artistry of Micah and assessing secondary scholarship on it.

Background Expected: 

One year of Biblical Hebrew is required. A semester of intermediate-level Hebrew is preferred.

Course Requirements: 

1) Written analysis (4 to 5 pages) of a textual problem in Micah

2)  Exegetical paper (10 to 12 pages)

3)  Class participation, which includes conscientious preparation of the Hebrew text and secondary reading, active engagement in class discussions, and weekly recitation of Micah verses in Hebrew from memory in a supportive learning environment.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Written analysis of textual problem (20% of grade)

Exegetical paper (60% of grade)

Class participation (20% of grade)