Bird’s Eye View of the Old Testament

The similarities and differences between the two creation stories of Genesis 1 and 2 (precept, Kugel, 52-54)

The Documentary Hypothesis, including something about the sources themselves and the main outline of how the sources came together—(Kugel 29-45, 297-316, 360-363)

Literary and theological issues in Genesis 1-11

The structure and themes of Genesis 12-50

Kugel’s “Two Models of God and the ‘God of Old’ (Kugel 107-118)

Genesis 22—questions of method, theology and history of interpretation (Davis, 50-64, Kugel 119-132, class discussion)

Literary and theological issues in Exodus 1-15

The name of God (YHWH) in Exodus 3:14-15 and its wider significance (Kugel 209-212, 214-216)

The exodus out of Egypt and the question of history (Kugel 204-209)

Law codes in the Pentateuch and the ancient Near East (Kugel 268-279, 297-316)

Types of law, their narrative contexts, their theology

Know the short version of the Ten Commandments in order  (short version = 3-6 words per commandment) (Kugel 251-259)

Covenant—theology of the Israelite covenants; relationship to suzerain-vassal treaty forms (Kugel, 240-249, 348-355)

The book of Deuteronomy as introduction to the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH) and features of the DtrH style and perspective (Kugel 368-373)

Theories concerning the emergence of Israel in the land (Kugel 373-385)

Theological, ethical and interpretational issues surrounding entry into the land, violence and holy war (Warrior)

Socio-political and theological forces promoting and resisting idea of kingship in ancient Israel in its ancient Near Eastern context (Kugel, 436-457, 475-487)

Royal Theology (Kugel 486-505)

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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