Offered in Summer Term 2018, Session Two (July 2 to July 13)

Course Description

Who is Moses, and what does his life have to do with Israel’s exodus from Egypt and God’s giving of the Law at Mount Sinai? This course will examine the Moses story in the context of the Book of Exodus, attending above all to the book’s canonical shape and its historic reception. Students will also become familiar with some of the current debate about the formation of the Pentateuch, particularly as it relates to different accounts of Israel’s origins in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Requirements: Daily readings, daily discussions, a presentation, a final paper.

Download the Syllabus (Summer 2018, v 1.0.x).

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Required Texts (Summer 2018)

Benjamin D. Sommer. Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition. Yale University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0300234688.
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Brevard Childs. The Book of Exodus: A Critical, Theological Commentary. Westminster John Knox, 1974. ISBN: 978-0664229689.
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Gerhard von Rad; ed. K. C. Hanson. Moses. Second Ed. Wipf & Stock, 2011. ISBN: 978-1606087718.
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Optional but strongly recommended: Gregory of Nyssa; trans. Abraham Malherbe. The Life of Moses. HarperOne, 2006. ISBN: 978-0060754648.
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Please note that textbook selections for my courses usually change with each iteration of the course.

Further Bibliography

The following bibliographies, compiled and annotated by Thomas B. Dozeman, are very useful. Depending on your current location, you may need to log on to a proxy server to get access.

  • “Book of Exodus.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195393361-0038
  • “Moses.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195393361-0175
  • “Pentateuch.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195393361-0092