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TMOTĀ 1015. Introduction to Old Testament. (1).

This brief, intensive course is designed to orient students to the structure, contents, and major theological themes of the Old Testament//Hebrew Bible, as well as to some of its primary critical problems. As John Collins has written, "The writings that make up the Hebrew Bible or the Christian Old Testament are on any reckoning among the most influential writings in Western history [.] Before we can begin to discuss what it might mean to regard the Bible as Scripture, there is much that we need to know about it of a more mundane nature [.] If the Bible is Scripture, then the idea of Scripture must be formed in the light of what we actually find in the biblical text" [John J. Collins, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (3rd ed) 1-2].