45 hours
TBO 102


Phạm Tuấn Nghĩa, S.J.
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Sacred Scriptures , STB 1

A. Course Description

The Pentateuch, the first five books (Genesis to Deuteronomy), is an essential part of the Holy Scriptures, recognized as such by Jews and Christians. The Pentateuch has a wide range of contents. It starts with the so-called Primeval History (Gen 1-11), followed by the story of Abraham’s family (Gen 12-50). It continues with the story of God’s delivery of the Israelites, now as a people, from their slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land, as a free people, in which God manifests Himself as their own God, who establishes a covenant with them, giving them the laws, and demanding them to be faithful to Him (Exodus to Deuteronomy).

B. Recommended Literature

  • BOORER SUZANNE, The Promise of the Land as Oath: A Key to the Formation of the Pentateuch (Walter de Gruyter, 1992)
  • BROWN RAYMOND E. – FITZMEYER JOSEPH A. (eds.), The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Prentice-Hall, 1993)
  • CLINES DAVID J.A., The Themes of the Pentateuch (JSOTSup 10; Sheffield, 2004)
  • EMERTON JOHN A., Studies in the Pentateuch (Vetus Testamentum Supplements 41; Brill, 1990)
  • GESUNDHEIT SHIMON, Three Times a Year: Studies on Festival Legislation in the Pentateuch (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 82; Mohr Siebeck 2012)
  • GOUDER MICHAEL D., The Psalms of Asaph and the Pentateuch: Studies in the Psalter III (JSOTSup 233; Sheffield, 1996)
  • NICHOLAS ANDREW D., The Trickster Revisited: Deception as a Motif in the Pentateuch (SBL 117; Peter Lang, 2009)
  • SAILHAMER JOHN, The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical Theological Commentary (Zondervan, 1992)
  • SETERS JOHN VAN, The Pentateuch: A Social Science Commentary (Sheffield, 1999)
  • SKA JEAN-LOUIS, Introduction to the Reading of Pentateuch (Einsenbrauns, 2006)
  • WATTS JAMES W., Reading Law: The Rhetorical Shaping of the Pentateuch (Biblical Seminar 59; Sheffield, 1999)
  • WHYBRAY NORMAN R., Introduction to the Pentateuch (Eerdmans, 1995)
  • Other Biblical Commentaries available in the Library

C. Course Evaluation

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