POLITICAL SCIENCE 495: OLD TESTAMENT POLITICS

 

Fall, 2005

DuSable 464

Mondays, 6:30-9:10 pm

 

Instructor:  Larry Arnhart

Office: Zulauf 404

Office hours:  Wed, Thurs, Fri 12:30-2:00 pm, other times by appointment

Telephone: 815-753-7049

E-mail: larnhart@niu.edu

 

 

TEXTS

 

The New Jerusalem Bible (Doubleday); John Riches, The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

 

 

GRADING

 

The final grade will be based on the grades for the journal writing (30% for journal entries #1-6 and journal responses #1-5, 30% for journal entries #7-13 and journal responses #6-12), class participation (15% for the first half of the semester and 15% for the second half), and a final paper (10%).  Grades for the first half of the semester will be handed out in class on October 17.

 

For the journal writing, you will be put into a journal group with two other students.  You should bring to class three copies of your journal entries and journal responses—one for the professor and two for the other two members of your group.

 

The journal entry should be at least two double-spaced typed pages on the reading for the week.  The point of the journal entry is for you to set down your thoughts about anything in the reading.  This will be your attempt to struggle with any issue that comes up in the reading.  Usually it is best to take up one issue that you can develop a little in two pages.

 

You will write journal responses for each of the two journal entries you have received.  Each journal response should be at least one double-spaced typed page.  The point of the journal response is for you to respond in some fruitful way to the thoughts of your journal group members.

 

The final paper should be at least ten double-spaced typed pages.  The point of the final paper is for you to elaborate your thinking about some topic related to the readings and discussions in the course.  You might build upon something that has come up in your journal writing.  The final paper will be due no later than 12 noon, December 5th in the professor’s office.  (You may slip the paper under the office door.)

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

Aug  22:  Introduction

 

 

The Beginning of History

 

Aug  29:  Genesis 1-11; Riches, The Bible

                Journal #1

 

 

Sep     5:  No class

 

 

Abraham

 

Sep   12:  Genesis 12-25:18

                Response #1

                Journal #2

 

 

Moses

 

Sep  19:  Exodus 1-24  (Compare Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.)

               Response #2

               Journal #3

 

Sep  26:  Exodus 25-40; Leviticus 18-20

               Response #3

               Journal #4

 

Oct   3:  Numbers 31; Deuteronomy 1-34

              Response #4

              Journal #5

 

 

Joshua and the Judges

 

Oct  10:  Joshua 1-24; Judges 1-5

               Response #5

               Journal #6

 

 

David

 

Oct  17:  1 Samuel 1-31

               Response #6

               Journal #7

 

Oct  24:  2 Samuel 1-24

               Response #7

               Journal #8

 

 

Solomon

 

Oct  31:  1 Kings 1-11; Ecclesiastes 1-12

               Response #8

               Journal #9

 

Nov  7:  Song of Songs 1-8; Wisdom 1-19

              Response #9

              Journal #10

 

 

Isaiah

 

Nov 14:  Isaiah 1-39

               Response #10

               Journal #11

 

Nov 21:  Isaiah 40-66

               Response #11

               Journal #12

 

 

Daniel

 

Nov 28:  Daniel 1-14

               Response #12

               Journal #13