Steed V. Davidson—Teaching

Introduction to the Old Testament, OT-1075
A study of the Pentateuch and significant portions of the historical books and writings. Old Testament read as scripture: as the word of God for faith, transformation and renewal in Ancient Israel and for self, church and society today. Lecture/discussion format. Evaluation based on in-class participation, showing evidence of advance reading and preparation; short interpretive essays; in-class group presentations; final exam.
Jeremiah and Empire, OT2198
This course examines the book of the prophet Jeremiah and its historical context amidst the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires. The portrayal of the prophet in the theo-political roles as advisor to kings, divine messenger to peoples and nations, as well as representative of YHWH will be explored, especially as this sheds light on the peculiarities of prophecy in this book. Exploration of the text will call attention to theological, liturgical and societal implications for contemporary faith communities. This exploration will be done with the help of postcolonial theory, empire studies and other critical theory. Evaluation of the course includes class participation, written assignments and an exegetical project.
Texts of Reconstruction, OT3302
This course will probe the history and literature of the early Persian period as a time of reconstruction after a time of displacement. The issues surrounding the rebuilding of the temple, relationships between returning deportees and those in the land, the place of foreign women, minority status, and the reconstituting of Judean identity, hybridity, and law will be examined in texts such as Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles, Haggai, Zechariah, 3rd Isaiah, and Malachi. These texts will be read within the context of the Persian Empire; as such attention will also be paid to the book of Esther.
Genesis 1-11 and Evolution, OTST-4485
A close reading of Genesis 1-11 with special emphasis on theological loci such as creation, imago dei, fall, sin, redemption, and new creation. In addition, the role played by Genesis in the controversy over Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution will be addressed in light of science, creationism, intelligent design, atheism, and theistic evolution. Lecture and discussion. Student evaluation: Class contributions, exegesis paper, and a paper on the evolution controversy. [One course each in Bible and systematic theology]