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TH 746
The Book of the Twelve
 ספר תרי עשׂר
Issues and Methods

Prof. David Vanderhooft
Fall 2003, Wed. 10:00-12:00
Theology Dept. Seminar Room 334
(Lower Campus Office Building)


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Prof. David Vanderhooft
354 Lower Campus Office Building
Office Hours:  Mon. 10:00-11:30, Wed. 1:15-2:30
Phone: 617-552-4240 (Office)
email: vanderho@bc.edu


The course will focus on a close reading of the text of the Book of the Twelve.  Students will
read at least the major part of the first nine scrolls in Hebrew (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum,
Habakkuk, and Zephaniah).  Each session will focus on translation, philological analysis, exegesis, and
methodological issues pertaining to the passage under investigation.

The course has several goals.  The first is to enhance the student's grasp of the Hebrew language reflected
in this corpus.  The second is to enhance the student's ability to do advanced exegesis based on study of the
Hebrew text.  The third, related goal, is to introduce students to a range of problems currently under discussion in
scholarship about the Book of the Twelve, and to methods appropriate for engagement with these problems.


Students must purchase a copy of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia edition of the Book of the
Twelve.  Students are advised to acquire the whole BHS, but the Book of the Twelve is available in
a separate fascicle.

All other necessary secondary material--commentaries, monographs, etc.--will be placed on course reserve
in the O'Neill library or distributed.  Not all commentaries, of course, will be relocated from the stacks to the
reserve desk, so students may consult the stacks for some resources.


I. Students will attend all seminar sessions, and must be prepared to translate, analyze, and discuss all
portions of the Hebrew text assigned for the session as well as any secondary reading.  A short translation
assignment will commence every seminar session.  Active participation in seminars and performance on
the translation assignments will account for 30% of the course grade.

II. Students will write an exegetical study of a passage of their choosing.  The study will average about 8 pages
and will be due by 5pm on Wed., Oct. 29.  Detailed instructions will be distributed later.  The exegesis assignment
will account for 30% of the course grade.

III.  Students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice, defined in consultation with Prof. Vanderhooft.  
The paper will average about 20-25 pages.  A preliminary thesis, outline, and bibliography will be due on or
before Tues., Nov. 24. The paper will be due on Wed., Dec. 10.  It will account for 40% of the course grade.