SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2023 1:28:50 AMHUMAN 10.1 Course Outline as of Fall 1988

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 10.1Title:  LITERATURE OF BIBLE  
Full Title:  Consciousness & the Literature of the Old Testament
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HUMAN 10A

Catalog Description:
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Growth and change of human consciousness demonstrated in a critical survey of the great stories, personalities, themes and history of the Hebrew Bible.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Growth & change of human consciousness demonstrated in a critical survey of the great stories, personalities, themes & history of the Hebrew Bible.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1.  Overcome the structural problems arising either from a fear of or
   an unfamiliarity with the style of the biblical text.
2.  Acquire the skills to read and discuss the biblical text with
   reasonable ease and comprehension.
3.  Distinguish between the assumptions and hermeneutic techniques of
   traditional biblical exegesis and the methodology and conclusions
   of modern biblical criticism.
4.  Distinguish between the assumptions and techniques of traditional
   biblical exegesis and the theory and methodology of modern biblical
5.  Learn to think historically about the origins and redaction of
   biblical literature.
6.  Distinguish and appreciate the distinctive and varying styles of
   biblical literature: the narrative, the saga, the genealogy, the
   legal code, poetry and prophecy.
7.  Discern the major literary and religious themes and recognize their
   dynamic development throughout Scripture.
8.  Identify the major personalities, events and political geography
   of Ancient Israel and become familiar with the unfolding story line
   of the biblical narrative.
9.  Appreciate and discuss the biblical text as the classical literature
   of an ancient culture, as a genuine and reliable source of historical
   awareness and record and as a repository of evolving spiritual
   understanding which has helped to shape the development of the
   western world.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to traditional understandings of the Hebrew Scripture;
   Divine Revelation; the literalist argument.
2.  Modern methods of biblical research including Documentary Theory,
   comparative middle eastern literature; the theory of the original
   matriarchy and the nature of patriarchy and its literary heritage,
   Midrash and biblical literary style compared with other narrative
   styles, contemporary historiographic and hermeneutic criticism;
   using Genesis 1-11 to illustrate these methods including stories
   of the Creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden, Cain and Abel, the
   genealogies and Distribution of the Nations, the story of the Flood
   and the Tower of Babel.
3.  The Convenant - tracing its literary presence in the creation story,
   the Flood and Abraham: Abraham as ancestor of the Israelite and
   Ishmaelite traditions.
4.  The Akedah: its literary history, traditional interpretations; its
   connections to the sacrificial cult; its centrality in the history
   of the Temple Mount in Jersusalem.
5.  Machpelah - the burial of Sarah; the ubiquity of narratives concerning
   claim to the land of Canaan.
6.  The story of Sodom and the code of hospitality.
7.  The Jacob Tradition: Tribal history and legend.
8.  The Rape of Dinah and the Levitical origins.
9.  Judah and Tamar and the beginnings of the Judean Davidic traditions.
10. Joseph and the Northern Israelite traditions.
11. The Exodus Story: Testing the historical reality of the story; testing
   the durability and thematic credibility of the story; miracles,
   historiography and literary style; the figure of Moses: the nature
   of prophecy and Yahwist understanding, the evolutionary reality of
   the "Mosaic" traditions.
12. The Book of Joshua: the Tribes of Yahweh and the period of the
13. The Book of Judges: The period of the Settlement: Israel facing the
   external threat of Canaanite and Philistine domination - Deborah as
   prophetess and military leader; Israel facing the internal threat
   of assimilation and acculturation - the story of Samson and Delilah.
14. The Monarchy: the tradition from Samuel to Saul with emphasis on
   the literary characteristics of these figures as they interact; the
   beginnings of prophetic criticism of the monarchy. The advent of
   David, his rise and reign; The accession of Solomon and the
   transformation of Israel from and agrarian, egalitarian, tribal
   confederation to an urban, military aristocracy.
15. The monarchies of David and Solomon.
16. The divided kingdoms and the rise of the literary prophets: (Elijah),
   Hosea, Amos and IIsaiah through the Assyrian invasion and the
   destruction of Israel.
17. The nature and content of prophecy: Yahwist social criticism, the
   Yahwist hermeneutic.
18. The Deuteronomists and the reform of Josiah.
19. The Babylonian Exile.
20. Yahwism vs. Zoroastrian dualism.
21. II Isaiah and the coming of Cyrus and the Persian conquest.
22. Job.
23. Ezra, Nehemiah and the Restoration and the canonization of the Torah.
24. Yahwist Wisdom literature: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
   Lamentations and the Song of Solomon.

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Assignments for Humanities 10.1 include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments from course texts.
2.  No less than five written essays which are to be critical responses
   to biblical texts. These will also involve some reading references
   outside the text of the Bible.
3.  A short answer midterm exam which will include map identification
4.  A similar short answer final examination.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 75%
Reading reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 25%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, TEXT ANALYSIS
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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NEW ENGLISH BIBLE (or its equivalent).
ANCIENT ISRAEL by H. Orlinsky, 2nd ed., Cornell Univ Press, 1960.
ATLAS OF BIBLE LANDS by Hammond, revised ed., Hammond, 1990.

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