Summer 2018

July 30 - August 10

Instructor: Prof. R. Brian Rickett

*EXEGESIS OF ECCLESIASTES: [Click Title for Syllabus]

Course Description

This course is intended to be a verse-by-verse exegetical study of the book of Ecclesiastes with a view to: 1) properly translating and evaluating the text grammatically from the original language, 2) properly interpreting the basic meaning, as well as the theological and practical significance, of the text, and 3) preparing the student to engage in a personal expository series from the text.  The course will further refine skills covered in Hebrew Exegetical Methodology, including:

  • Principles of translation
  • Syntactical analysis—Hebrew grammar and syntax
  • Structural analysis
  • Textual analysis—OT textual criticism
  • Lexical analysis—Hebrew philology, semantics, and lexicography
  • Literary analysis—OT literary devices, structures and forms
  • Ancient near eastern (hereafter, ANE) backgrounds (historical/political, social/cultural, geographical)
  • Evaluation of OT commentaries
  • Exposition
  • BONUS.  As an added bonus, the student will examine facsimilia of fragments of Ecclesiastes from the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q109 (4QQoha), 4Q110 (4QQohb) and have an opportunity to evaluate the text in comparison to the Massoretic text 

*NOTE: This course is offered through the MIKRA Institute and is available for credit toward your master degree through accredited institutions in our affiliated partners network.  Ask to find out if your seminary is on the list or how you can receive graduate level credit.  Email us to reserve your seat and to find out more.  The course will be located in central Arkansas mid-late summer (see syllabus for details).




Selected Topics in Biblical Introduction


Summer 2017

Instructor: Prof. R. Brian Rickett

Research students at MIKRA will engage in the analysis of a previously un-researched medieval sefer Torah, now in the custodianship of the MIKRA Corporation. The course gives students “hands-on” exposure to a rare artifact preserving the Pentateuch of the Old Testament.  In the course, students will perform original research by practically interacting with all features key to the study of biblical introduction and its sub-disciplines, specifically to that of Old Testament textual transmission and textual criticism.  The course emphasizes the practical processes involved in the textual preservation and transmission of the Old Testament text through its key phases of development, emphasizing the Bar Kochba (AD 135) through the Massoretic eras (AD 1000).  It also trains the student in the practices of manuscript analysis.