FALL 2008 ( FIRST SEMESTER 2008 - 2009) [2008C]

RM. Rich 114

11:10 a.m. - 12:25 a.m., TR




Any acceptable translation of Hebrew Scriptures. Recommended: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Revised Standard Version : An Ecumenical Study Bible, (Note: The New Revised Standard Version is acceptable.), Edited by Herbert G. May and Bruce M. Metzger, New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. Professor Stadelmann has requested that the bookstores stock several translations of the Hebrew Scriptures including the most recent Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Islamic translations. Additional information on various translations will be made available during class lectures.

West, James King, Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd ed., New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., c. 1981, ISBN 0-02-425920-9, (Also available in paperback) (IOT)

Talking About Genesis: A Resource Guide, Bill Moyers Intro., New York: Doubleday, 1996 (This book is available as a gift from Public Affairs Television, and Texas A & M University Television Station. A free copy will be made available for all students.), (TAG)

HOME ADDRESS - 5538 Spreen Rd., Brenham, TX 77833-6650

OFFICE ADDRESS - Department of {[Philosophy (PHIL) and Humanities (HUMA)] (PHUM)}, Bolton Hall Rm. 309A, Mail Stop 4237, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843-4237.



PHONES: (Office) (979)-845-5606, (Office Administrator) (979)-845-5660, (Home) (979)-830-0002

(Office Fax) (979)-945-0458

OFFICE HOURS - TR 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., W 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Note: Office hours are subject to change weekly because of meetings, medical appointments or university duties. When there is a change students will be notified in class, and alternate hours will be made available

MENTOR HOURS - Mentor hours are available each week. However, because student’s needs for assistance often require prompt action, mentoring hours are arranged by individual appointment and may be at any time day or night. .

Course Description:

Through reading knowledge of the Old Testament will be the goal of the course. Students will be graded on their ability to express their knowledge of the content of the Old Testament. To enhance understanding various interpretations will be considered ranging from literal to liberal. Students will not be required to accept any particular historical, religious, scientific, literary, or philosophical conception of the nature of Biblical literature or religion in general. Students will be expected to be aware of interpretations in current usage in academic and religious communities.

Particular attention will be given to philosophical concepts and presuppositions of various books of the Old Testament. Such questions as: What is man?; How do we know if God exists?; What constitutes religious knowledge?; What is the good life?; Is an action good because God wills it, or does God will an action because it is good?; What is the basis of ethics?; and how can a good (loving), all powerful God be reconciled with the fact of the existence of evil?; constitute the traditional and fruitful field of a philosophical study of religious literature.

Philosophical concepts of the Old Testament as they relate to the development of religion and ethical ideas. (No prerequisite)


Attendance: Attendance is not required. however, it is recommended and expected. Attendance is recorded daily and may be reported at the end of the semester on the grade report forms. Attendance may be reported to appropriate university authorities upon the request of those authorities. Students will be excused from class attendance on major religious holidays of religions, faiths, denominations provided that they are active members of the group having the holy day.

Tardiness: Please make an effort to arrive for class on time. A special effort will be made to craft exam questions to include material covered in the first few minutes of each class session.

Daily Assignments: Daily reading assignments will be given and should be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned.

Grades: Grades will be based upon three exams and a final worth 25% each of the semester grade. These exams will be a combination of essay and scantron.

RELEASE OF GRADES - Because of federal law exam grades and final grades will not be posted. Neither will they be released via the telephone or through the office of PHUM. Students who want their grades may obtain regular exam grades as the end of the class session when exams will be returned, and final course grades through the Office of the Registrar, or by leaving a stamped self-addressed envelope with the instructor at the time the final exam is taken. Grades will no longer be available via e-mail because of federal laws.

Make-Up Exams - Students are required to take all exams on the scheduled date. If students have an adequate excuse for missing an exam, it is their responsibility to present this excuse in writing to the professor as soon as possible. If this excuse is accepted, a make-up exam will be given on a date designated in the syllabus. Written medical excuses from physicians will not be required except in cases of an extreme number of absences. Students will write their own excuses and will be on the Aggie Honor Code in reporting reasons for absences from exams.

INCOMPLETES - The grade of "incomplete," (I) will be given only in extreme cases where circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent him/her from completing the course.

WEDDINGS, JOB INTERVIEWS - Weddings and job interviews will not be accepted as valid reasons for missing scheduled exams.

Q DROP, NO GRADE DROP, WP, WF - Grades of "No Grade Drop," "Q," "WP," "WF,' are governed by university regulations. "Q" restrictions differ from College to College and Department to Department. Consult your University Catalogue and your major advisor and your instructor before applying for a "Q." "WP" and "WF" grades are given only when the student is withdrawing from all of his/her courses in a given semester.

GRADE AVERAGING - An unexcused missed exam is averaged as a percentage of 00. This is a grade much lower than the average earned "F."


1. Aggie Honor Code “ Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.”

2. No smoking or any use of tobacco will be permitted in the classroom.

3. All university rules governing academic dishonesty will apply.

4. Students may eat snacks during the class session provided

they remove any resulting trash.

5. Students will not be given examination grades or final course grades over the telephone, by department secretaries, or in any manner other than official university channels (registrar -dean - class session return of papers). Because of federal law grades will not be posted using given names or your social security number, in whole or in part. Privacy laws and the University’s interpretation of these laws also prevents grades from being given via e-mail.

6. Students are invited but not required to attend any class parties that may be held.

7. All course material including course hand-outs and class lectures are protected by copyright and may not be duplicated, transmitted in any way, or sold without the express written permission of the instructor. Lectures may not be taped or video transcribed. You may and are expected to take detailed notes, but may use them for your studies only. Notes may not be sold.

8. The following dress code will be enforced. Students will removed their baseball caps and other head coverings in the class room. An exception will be made for religious head coverings. Student may not have ear phones unless they are to assist those who have hearing deficiencies.

9. The ringer on cell phones, I Pods, etc. will be turned off in the class room.

10. Members of the Corps will follower military regulations in the wearing of their uniforms at all time.



The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for students with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students and faculty members with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation , please contact Services for Students with Disabilities, Koldus 126, (979) 845-1637. Your professor has a certified hearing loss which constitutes a disability. Therefore, students are required to refrain from sitting in the back of the room when seats are available in the front of the room. Students are also expect to speak loudly and distinctly. If students with high pitch voices can speak in a lower pitch, it will be appreciated. You may be asked to repeat yourself. Thank you for your understanding.



FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. To obtain a listing of directory information or to place a hold on any or all of this information, please consult the Admission & Records Office. Items that can never be identified as public information are a student’s social security number, institutional identification number, citizenship, gender, grades, GPR or class schedule. All efforts will be made in this class to protect your confidentiality.

A permissible exception to the rule preventing the release of grades is that a list of students on the Honor Roll may be posted. Such a list will be posted after each exam. If you do not want your name to be on such a lists, should you earn the honor, please inform the professor prior to taking an exam.




An Aggies does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.”

Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System. Students will be required to state their commitment on examination, research papers m, and other academic work. Ignorance of the rule does not exclude any member of the Texas A & M University community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor System. For additional information please visit: www.tamu.edui/aggiehonor/, and

On all course work, assignments, and examinations at Texas A&M University, the following Honor Pledge shall be preprinted and signed by the student:

On my honor, as an Aggie, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work.”



(Dates are subject to Change), Internet

EXAM ONE, Tuesday, September 23

EXAM TWO Thursday, October 30

EXAM THREE, Tuesday, November 25




Assignments in the Hebrew Scriptures are listed by the names of the individual books involved.

IOT = Introduction to the Old Testament

TAG = Talking About Genesis

Standard abbreviations used for the books of the O.T.


WEEK ONE - Aug. 24 - Aug. 30

Gen 1-24, Pss 8, 29, 104,

(TAG - Students are expected to read this book along with other reading assignments as appropriate. TAG will be included on exam one. )

IOT Introduction, pp. 1 - 58

Lectures: Program of the Course, Various Translations, Epistemologies

WEEK TWO - Aug 31 - Sept. 6

Memorize- The Hand-Out on The Ten Commandments

Gen 25- 50,

IOT, I.1.1 - I.1.2, pp. 59 - 100

Lectures - The Documentary Hypothesis, "J," "E," "P," & "D" Continuation - Epistemology and the meaning of Truth."

Lecture: Biblical Stories Used to Illustrate the Documentary Hypothesis.

Lecture: Higher and Lower Criticism, Heilsgeschichte, Heiligegeschichte, Redaktiongeschichte, Formgeschichte, Sourcegeschichte. Situationgeschichte, Sitzen-im-leben

WEEK THREE - Sept. 7 - 13

IOT, I.1.3, pp. 101 - 135

EX 1 - 34, 40, Lev 10, 16, 19, 23-26, Num 1-2, 5-6, 9-10, 11-14, 16-17, 20-21, Pss 77, 81, 105,

Lecture, Muslim, Christian and Jewish claims to the Holy Land as interpreted through the genealogy of Adam, Isaac, Ishmael, Esau and Jacob

Lectures: B. Davie Napier’s Analysis of the Four Great Myths in Genesis

WEEK FOUR - Sept. 14 - 20

IOT, I.1.3, pp. 136 - 146.

Lecture - The flood and Rival Cosmologies.

Lecture - Israel as “Wrestler with God”

Lectures - The Patriarchs and the Covenant Faith


WEEK FIVE - Sept. 21 - 27

Num 22-24, 27, Pss 95, 135, 136, Dt. 1-3, 6-8, 31, 34, Josh 1-11, 23 - 24, Pss 114,

IOT, I.2.1 - I-2.2, pp. 147- 177

EXAM ONE, Tuesday , September 23

Ju 1-12: Pss 83, 106

WEEK SIX - Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

Ju 13 - 21, 1 Sam 1-31,

IOT - I.2.3 - II..3.2, , pp. 177 - 226.

Lectures - The Exodus, Ethics, Law Codes, Heros and Judges

WEEK SEVEN - Oct. 5 - 11

2 Sam 1 -7, 11-24, 1 Chr 15-16, 20-29, Ps. 132, 18, 78, 1 K 1-4, 2 Chr 1,

IOT - II.3.3 - II.4.1, pp. 227 - 276

Lectures: Heros and Judges, Samuel and Saul

WEEK EIGHT - Oct. 12 - 18

1 K 5-22, Pss 2, 20, 45, 72, 110, 2 K 1 - 14, Am 1 - 9,

IOT, II.4.1 - II.4.2, pp. 276 - 302

Lectures: Kings Help and Hinder, The Prophets, Amos

WEEK NINE - Oct. 19 - 25

Hosea 1 - 3, 5, 8, 11, II K 15 - 20, II Chr 28 - 30, Is 1 -12, 18 - 20, 24, 26 - 27, 28 - 35, Ps. 46, Mi 1 - 7,

IOT - II.4.3 - II.4.5, pp. 303 - 343

Lectures: The Old Testament Concept of Love, Hosea, First Isaiah, Micah

WEEK TEN, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

II K 21 - 25, II Chr. 33, 35, Dt. 12, 17, 20, 24- 25, 27 - 30, Pss 47, 93, 96, 97, 144, Zp 1 - 3, 9 - 14 Na 1-3, Hab 1 - 3, Jer 1 - 7, 18,

IOT - II..5.1 - II.5.5, pp. 344 - 373

Lectures: Anguish and Individual Responsibility, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jeremiah

EXAM TWO, Thursday, October 30

WEEK ELEVEN, Nov. 2 - 8

Jer 23 - 24, 26, 31 - 34, 37 - 44, Dt. 32 - 33, Pss 89, 137, Is 40 - 55, Ezek. 1- 4, 8, 10, 18, 27, 37-39, 47, Ezra 1, 3 - 10

IOT,- II.6.1 - II.6.3, pp. 375 - 405

Lectures: The Father of Judaism, The Suffering Servant, II Isaiah, Ezekiel

Lectures Restoration, Ezra, Nehemiah

WEEK TWELVE, Nov. 9 - 15

Obad, Is 44- 46, 49, 50 - 53 55-58, 60 - 61, 63, 65 - 66,, Hag 1 - 2, Zc 1 - 8, Mal 1 - 4, Jonah 1 - 4, Joel 1 - 3

IOT - II.7.1 - II.7.3, pp. 406 - 436

, Haggai, Zechariah, Deutero-Zechariah, Malachi, Trito,-Isaiah, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah,

Lectures: Theodicy, The Problem of Evil, Job, Psalms

WEEK THIRTEEN Nov. 16 - 22

Neh. 1 - 2, 4 - 6, 13, Job 1 - 10, 11 - 14, 31 - 33, 38 - 39, 42, Pss 1, 19, 23, 24, 27, 51

74, 90, 91, 100, 103, 121, 139 Prov 1, 8, 10, 25, 30-31,

IOT, III.8.1 pp. 437 - 461.

Lectures: Proverbs, They Almost Didn't Make it (Song of Songs - Solomon-, Ruth, Lamentation, Ecclesiastes)

WEEK FOURTEEN Nov. 23 - 29

EXAM THREE, Tuesday, November 25


Eccl. 1-3, 11-12 SofS 1 - 8, Ru 1 - 2, Lam.-Selected Passages,

IOT, III..8.2 - III.8.4, pp. 462 - 465

WEEK FIFTEEN, Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

Monday, Dec. 1 - Redefined day, students attend their Friday classes. Dead day, classes meet but no major exams.

Tuesday, Dec. 2. Last day of fall semester classes, Redefined day, students attend their Thursday classes. Dead day, classes meet but no major exams. Review Session

Esther 1-7 Dan 1 - 7, 11 - 12,

IOT, . III.8.2 - III.8.4 pp. 465 - 492

Lectures: Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel

Wednesday / Thursday. Dec. 3 & 4, Reading Days, no classes

Friday, Dec. 5 - Final exams begin. .


All students will be required to take the final exam. Students who are graduating seniors will not be excused from the final. Students who have “A” averages will not be excused from the final. Student who are willing to accept a grade of F on the final will not be excused from the final. Students who have job interviews will not be excused from the final. Students who are participating in wedding ceremonies will not be excused from the final.

WEEK SIXTEEN, Dec. 7 - 13



"I once went all day without food or sleep to prepare for an exam. I found it best to study." Confucius