The goals of this course are to introduce students to the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) within its historical and cultural environment, and to explore major issues in biblical interpretation. Students will learn about the ancient Near Eastern world of which the Israelites were a part, examine the diverse social and religious concerns of the biblical writers, and consider multiple contemporary approaches to biblical texts.

M.Div. students: Concurrent registration in OT 101A is required unless prior knowledge of Bible content has been demonstrated by passing the Bible content assessment exam offered during Orientation.
M.A. students: Concurrent registration in OT 101A is allowed but is not required.