Intermediate Midrash in the New Testament
What you'll learn
- Discover the original meaning of the parables through midrash.
- Learn the artistic method of teaching in the Bible - Haggadic Midrash.
- Study the Parables as they were originally presented - through Midrashic teaching.
- Uncover mysteries in the New Testament through the study of Midrash.
- A basic knowledge of the Bible - Old and New Testaments
The word midrash comes from the Hebrew דרשׁ (darash), which means to search diligently for something that is not in plain sight. A verse in Deuteronomy captures the essence of the mysterious nature of God and His Word. “You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him IF you search [דרשׁ] for Him with all your heart and all your soul” (Dt 4:29). Therefore, we learn that God is not in plain sight, but those with a heart to grow close to Him can draw near. Midrash is designed to guide us in this effort.
This course presents the midrash known as Haggadah, which retells a story from the Hebrew Scriptures with practical application that applies to our lives today. Did you know that all the parables in the New Testament are presented as haggadic midrash? Therefore, to fully appreciate the parables you must first locate the passage in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, there is more to penetrating the meaning of the parables because they are presented with typical artistry of language found in the Hebrew Scriptures. You simply cannot penetrate a depth of meaning without these two skills – identifying the link in the Hebrew Scriptures and recognizing the linguistic artistry in the words of Jesus that are presented to us in the New Testament.
Who this course is for:
- Those who want to dig deeper into Scripture using the original teaching methods.
Dr. Anne Davis is a professor of Biblical Studies who enjoys working with graduate students to enhance their exegetical skills for exploring the depth of Scripture. She writes, "The passion of my life is searching the Scriptures for the infinite nature of God. I am always pursuing some biblical topic that catches by curiosity, like the little monkey Curious George. The resulting research invariably shapes my college lectures and ultimately leads to publication."
Current Career Activity: Executive Director of BibleInteract, Inc. • Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, NM. • Author, Lecturer, Speaker
Education: Ph.D., M.A. Trinity Southwest University • M.A. San Diego State University • B.A. Connecticut College
Sample Publications: “Israel’s Inheritance: Birthright of the Firstborn Son,” Chafer Seminary Journal 13/1 (2008): 79-94. • “Allegorically Speaking in Galatians 4:31-5:1,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 14/2 (2004): 161-174. • Numerous papers presented to the Society of Biblical Literature including “Divorce and the New Testament: Midrash in Matthew 19:3-12,” Paper presented at SBL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2006: "The Birth of Biblical Israel," Paper presented at SBL International Meeting, Capetown, South Africa, 2000.