HDS 1165

Advanced Greek: In the Beginning

Annewies van den Hoek


This course will offer a selection of readings from Jewish and Early Christian authors on the creation of the world. In these treatments of the Genesis story, commentators drew more heavily on classical culture than in any other area of biblical exegesis. Authors such as Philo, Origen and the Cappadocians, who were well educated and versed in Greek philosophy, tried to explain the biblical texts in Greek philosophical terms. A tradition of so-called hexaemeral literature was the result of this cross-fertilization. Additional attention will be given to Greek philosophical writings, most notably Plato's Timaeus. This reading course, whose Greek will be of a reasonable degree of difficulty, will not only explore style and genre but also trace out distinct theological and philosophical vocabularies. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Mon Fri 10am-11am
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) Content language course