Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
Instructor: R. V. McCabe, Th.D., Fall 2011
A study of the first five books of the Old Testament. This will include an examination of their authorship, date, unity, and canonical status. Emphasis will be placed upon the unifying motif for the Pentateuch, the creation account, the flood, the origin of the nation of Israel, its religious institution, and the unfolding of its history under Moses.
In this course the student should
1. become acquainted with key critical issues and is able to defend the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch;
2. understand the key interpretative problems in the Pentateuch and know the germane conservative solutions to these problems;
3. be able to understand how the Pentateuch ties in with its ancient Near Eastern milieu; and
4. have an appreciation for the message of the Pentateuch and its theological content.
1. Tests: There will be a mid-term and a final exam-90% of grade.
2. Reading requirement: Reading requirements will be submitted in conjunction with each test-10% of grade.
1. Hamilton, Victor P. Handbook on the Pentateuch. 2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
2. McCabe, Robert V. and Mark A. Snoeberger. “Pentateuch.” Unpublished syllabus, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008.
3. Wolf, Herbert. An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch. Chicago: Moody Press, 1991.