Welcome to MJR's Torah Exegesis course, the first in a series of Advanced Hebrew courses we offer. Congratulations on endeavoring to continue your Hebrew studies!
If you have not already done so, please download the syllabus from the link below. It also includes the course schedule. Any previously published versions of this syllabus are null and void. This is the official version.
Da’at (Theoria): demonstrate basic knowledge of the Hebrew Torah
Binah (Praxis): demonstrate ability to exegete the Torah with respect to its own (Jewish) contextual environment and its Hebraic expressions
Chochma (Poiesis): demonstrate practical exegesis of the Hebrew Torah and application to the student's halakha
primary textbook: a Hebrew Bible or Torah
secondary textbook: Bonchek, Avigdor. Studying the Torah: A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1997. ISBN 978-0-76579-9647.
tertiary textbook: Arnold, Bill T. & John H. Choi. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN 978-0-5215-3348-5.
recommended (non-required) textbook: • Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers (8th Edition). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-2268-1639-5.
In order to complete the homework, it may be necessary to obtain a Hebrew font. There are some available for free:
Among the links below is one titled "01" which you will find useful in formatting your papers. It will take you to Purdue's Writing Lab page for the CMOS/Turabian writing style. With this guide, it becomes unnecessary to purchase the actual manual.
The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.
We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.
Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.
NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.