HDS 1790

Sibling Rivalries: Israel and the Other in the Hebrew Bible

Joel S. Kaminsky


This course will provide an in-depth examination of the biblical idea of divine election, that is, the notion that God specially favors certain individuals and nations, a notion that sits at the heart of ancient Israel's theological self-understanding. Beginning with the narratives of sibling rivalry in Genesis and then turning to other relevant texts from the Hebrew Bible (all read in English), as well as on occasion from the Apocrypha, the New Testament and rabbinic literature, we shall explore how the Hebrew Bible conceives of election, what it entails for those chosen, and what the Hebrew Bible's election theology implies about the three-way relationship among God, Israel, and the nations of the world, and conclude by surveying how early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism each appropriated ancient Israel's election theology in unique but related ways.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 20 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as ANE 136

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Thurs 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Jewish Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None