Selected Topics in Biblical Introduction


Summer 2017

Instructor: Prof. R. Brian Rickett

Research students at Mikra will engage in the analysis of a previously unresearched 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.