Introduction to the Old Testament I
Next Session: Aug 31, 2020
This course offers a selective introduction to central themes and texts of the Old Testament. With a focus on the Pentateuch (Part I) and the Prophets and Writings (Part II), it aims to cultivate an appreciation of individual works and an awareness of the larger theological worldview of which they form a part. The course will form students for their continued reading of the Old Testament and will ready them to engage the New Testament with even greater vision.
Unit 1: Revelation, Scripture, and the Old Testament
- Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)
- The Old Testament Canon
- Reading and Interpreting the Old Testament
Unit 2: Genesis: Creation and the Fall
- Genesis 1:1-2:4
- Enuma Elish
- Genesis 2-11
Unit 3: Genesis: Patriarchs
- Abraham and Election (Genesis 12-22)
- Jacob (Genesis 25-33)
- Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
Unit 4: Exodus: YHWH and Passover
- YHWH (Exodus 3)
- Passover and Departure (Exodus 7-13)
Unit 5: Exodus: Covenant
- Covenant (Exodus 19, 24)
- Law (Exodus 20-23)
- Tabernacle (Exodus 25-40)
Unit 6: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- Leviticus: Purity and Sacrifice
- Numbers: Faith
- Deuteronomy: Moses and Israel
- Seven weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All lectures and supplemental readings provided online.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator-moderated chat sessions with participants in course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 4 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.
Dr. Anthony Pagliarini
Dr. Anthony Pagliarini
Anthony Pagliarini grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre). After earning his BA in theology and philosophy at Notre Dame, he taught high school in a Catholic mission parish in Belize. He then moved to Rome to study theology at the Angelicum and work as a guide in the Vatican Necropolis (the "Scavi"). He spent the following three years in Austria completing masters work at the International Theological Institute. He then returned to Rome for further study at Pontifical Biblical Institute. He married his wife Katie in 2010 and returned to Notre Dame to begin doctoral work in Old Testament. In 2015, after successfully completing 27th grade and writing an entirely-too-long paper, they let him graduate. Anthony and Katie live in South Bend with their four children. They teach in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, and Anthony is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Mr. Shawn Storer, M.Div.
Shawn T. Storer was born and raised in southern Ohio and grew up the city of Springfield, Ohio, which is in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Shawn completed undergraduate studies in theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2001. From 2001 to 2007, Shawn taught theology; worked as a catechist; was a department chairperson, director of campus ministry, and bus driver at Red Cloud High School, a Jesuit school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the Diocese of Rapid City. Shawn completed the Notre Dame Master of Divinity program in 2012 and became the Director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship (a group that was originally co-founded by Jim Forest and Tom Cornell and was advised by people such as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Daniel Berrigan, and Gordon Zahn - Shawn helped to revitalize this group in 2001). He is also an editor of the CPF journal, "The Sign of Peace." In 2012, Shawn began work as an ecumenical and interreligious officer for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and in addition to facilitating and developing courses for the STEP Program, he instructs a pastoral theology course for the University of Notre Dame's Master of Divinity Program. Shawn resides in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife Stephanie and their children Abram and Jonah.