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Survey of the Bible 101: Genesis and Matthew

March 31, 2019 – 25 Adar II 5779


Rabbi Dr. Malchah Netanyahu, Associate Dean


Minister Patricia Huggins

Teaching Assistant

Bro. Azriel Devine

Dates: Saturdays, April 27 – June 29, 2019

Time: 4:30pm – 6pm

Course Description

This survey course is intended to introduce students to the critical study of the Bible. The books of Genesis and Matthew will be read and interpreted within the context of their historical settings. The basic techniques and principles of biblical interpretation and exegesis will be introduced.

Class Text:

The Bible

Version: Optional


The purpose of this course is to open for the student, the biblical traditions in its’ literary, historical and theological richness.  Through lectures, discussions and individual study it is expected that each student will achieve the following minimal objectives:

  1. Familiarity with the major events and characters

in Genesis and Matthew

  1. A beginning knowledge of the history of Ancient Israel
  1. A beginning knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the books of Genesis and Matthew
  1. A beginning grasp of important theological, historical and literary concepts and perspectives of the books studied
  1. Appropriation and application of the insights gained from our study for contemporary life.


Knowledge of biblical Hebrew and/or Greek is not required. Students without knowledge of biblical Hebrew or Greek, as well as those with advanced knowledge, will find this course challenging and accessible.


Student Expectations:

  1. Attend class with an engaging heart and an open mind
  2. Read the assigned biblical text material before coming to class
  3. Ask questions or make observations that are related to the subject matter
  4. Be prepared for small group discussions
  5. Attend class regularly
  6. Submit a written course evaluation on the last day of class

Additional Expectations for Rabbinical Students Only:

  1. Class time – 4:30pm – 6:30 pm
  2. Limited written assignments will be required
  3. Additional reading assignments will be required
  4. An intermediate knowledge of biblical Hebrew is required
  5. Additional text books will be required

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