BIB 403: History and Prophets

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Welcome to our 5-week online course on the historical books and prophets of the Old Testament with Fr. Lawrence Farley! This is a for-credit course for students desiring to complete all seven Biblical Studies electives. Please not that the prerequisite for this course is BIB 402: Torah.

This course will pick up the narrative of the nation of Israel where the last class left off, with Israel conquering the Promised Land. We will continue to examine this narrative from the settlement of the land through the period of judges, to the establishment, schism, and eventual collapse of the Israelite monarchy. We will then continue to follow Israel’s history through the Babylonian Exile and the nation’s return under Cyrus the Great, concluding with the second Temple period. Finally, we will also examine the writings of the prophets, both within the historical narrative of the Old Testament and Christologically, examining what they say concerning the coming Messiah.

We will send out a link a few days before the first class. The class will meet on the following dates: 11/14/2023, 11/21/2023, 11/28/2023, 12/5/2023, and 12/12/2023. All classes will meet at 7pm Eastern except on 11/21/2023, when we will meet at 6:30pm Eastern.

Each week, you will be provided with a set of learning objectives, readings, and an assignment to submit a written essay. The readings and the essay are designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the objectives of the week.

The course will be delivered primarily online, through a combination of video lectures and readings. You will be expected to complete the course materials within a specific schedule, with specific deadlines for the weekly essay submissions.

We are excited to have you join us for this 5-week journey and we look forward to reading your essays and working with you to achieve your goals. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let’s begin!

There are two options for taking this course: the Live Cohort and Synchronous Self-Guided. In the Live Cohort version, students are required to virtually attend one lecture per week online. In the Synchronous Self-Guided version, students are not required to attend the online lectures, but are required to show proof of having watched recordings of the lectures. Below are the syllabi for both the Live Cohort and the Synchronous Self-Guided versions of this course.

Students are required to have an electronic journal that contains all of their notes for every content assignment in the course. There is a required minimum of one paragraph of notes per hour spent on a content assignment. The journal will be submitted in the Lesson Five Quiz when the course is completed.

Each week, students will perform a casual interview that relates to the content they are studying. A student can interview the same person as often as they want, and ideally, your interviewee is a person that is familiar with the current content you are studying. Students will submit a summary of their interviews at the end of the course.

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