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Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

June 18 - June 29, 2018 | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuition for this course is normally $2,337 but we are making it available to Evanston community members for just $300!  

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible will take you through a graduate-level study of the Hebrew Bible (commonly known to Christians as the Old Testament). You will learn the content, cultural settings, historical context, literary forms, religious themes, and interpretative approaches to the Torah, Prophets, and Writings of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper than you may get in a traditional Bible study into texts sacred to the Christian faith AND earn academic credit you can use if you decide to pursue a graduate degree!

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Rev. Dr. Osvaldo Vena

Born in Azul, Argentina, on October 29, 1950, Vena attended the Buenos Aires Bible Institute of the Christian and Missionary Alliance from where he graduated in 1975 with a Th.B. He came to the U.S. in August of 1976 to attend Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he obtained a M.Div in 1980. During his time at Bethel he served as a minister in an independent Hispanic congregation in Minneapolis.

In 1980 he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, from where he graduated in 1981 with a Th.M. Back in Argentina he was ordained in 1985 by the Reformed Church and was appointed to serve in two different congregations of the Presbyterian Church, first as interim minister and later as senior pastor. From 1983 to 1989 he completed his Th.D. in ISEDET (Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos) in Buenos Aires. Invited by the Church of Scotland, he spent nine months in New College, University of Edinburgh, doing post-doctoral research.

He was called in 1995 to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as an assistant professor of New Testament Interpretation and director of the then Center of Hispanic Ministries. He was promoted to associate professor in June of 2000 and granted tenure in October of 2001. In May of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Apart from many articles and essays, written both in English and Spanish, he has published numerous books.

Required Textbooks

Coogan, Michael. A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context. 2nd. Edition. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Robertson, Anne. Introducing the Old Testament. Exploring the Bible. The Dickinson Series. Newton Center, MA: Massachusetts Bible Society, 2013.

Recommended Textbooks

Brueggemann, Walter. An Introduction to the Old Testament. The Canon and Christian Imagination. Louisville/London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Gottwald, Norman K. The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985.

To register for Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, you will need to apply for admission as an enrichment student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological. This simply means you're applying as a non-degree seeking student who will receive academic credit for the course they take from the seminary. You can apply online here! Once your application has been accepted and approved, you will receive information on how to register and pay for the course.

If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please contact:
Office of Admissions

About Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 450 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.