Introduction to the Old Testament: A Free Yale Course

Taught by Christine Hayes, this Yale course offers an Introduction to the Old Testament, and covers the following ground:

This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

You can watch the 24 lectures from the course above, or find them on YouTube. To get more information on the course, including the syllabus, visit this Yale website.

Texts used in this course include:

Berlin, Adele, and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds., Michael Fishbane, senior consulting editor. 2004. The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring the Jewish Publication Society Tanakh TranslationOxford: Oxford University Press.

Pritchard, James B, ed. 1958. The Ancient Near East, Volume 1: An Anthology of Texts and PicturesPrinceton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

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