Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

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Thursdays, 6.15 pm to 9 pm
September 13 to Dec 6, 2018

Over many hundreds of years oral and written stories, hymns, poems, sayings and songs were brought together to form the Hebrew Bible, sometimes referred to as the Old Testament. This book has become a central text of not only Western civilization, but the backbone of the three monotheistic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The course will offer a critical overview of the content, periods in history, geography, socio- political, and theological approaches to the Hebrew Bible. While we will use historical-critical tools and view this material as a product of human culture, emphasis will also be given to understanding these scriptures from a Christian faith perspective. There are no prerequisites for this course.

About the instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Gregory Davidson is Lead Minister at Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ontario. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the Montreal School of Theology, Queen’s University, and Knox College in Toronto. For 2012-2013 he was the Moderator of the Presbytery of Montreal, has served on that Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and is part of the (national) Benevolence Committee.


$300: Auditor

$380: Montreal School of Theology (MST) student

$490: Non-MST student

Credit: This 3-credit course is applicable towards the M.Div. degree and Certificate in Theology.

Admissions: Students must have reliable Internet access to participate in the class. This course is open to students with an undergraduate degree (in any subject) or equivalent and is suitable for people engaged in lay or ordained ministry, those preparing for ministry, or those looking for continuing ministerial education. Please contact the college if you have any questions about whether you are eligible to apply.

Application and registration: To apply, please contact Beth Reed ( or 514.849.3004 x221) who can assist you in the next steps of the process. Once the application process and registration are complete, students will receive more information about the course including readings and assignments.



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