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Mobile Ed: OT391 The Shema (3 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: OT391 The Shema (3 hour course)

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Overview

Explore the depths of the Shema (Deut 6:4–9) and learn why this text is sacred not only to Jews but to Christians as well. Discover why Jesus quoted the Shema when asked what the greatest commandment is. Gain insight into the covenantal, volitional, and emotional aspects of love and what it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Dr. Mark Futato guides you through the text, shedding light on the Hebrew language and its various interpretations. He then identifies the Shema’s relevance today and how these commands can point us toward Jesus each and every day.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the Shema
  • Discuss what the Shema reveals about both God and Jesus
  • Trace the history of the use of the word “LORD” for YHWH
  • Explain the meaning of “the LORD is one”
  • Distinguish the difference in meaning between Adonai and Elohim
  • Discuss what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength
  • Describe the pattern of ancient Near Eastern covenants
  • Explain methods to both internalize and externalize the Shema

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introductory Matters

  • The Shema: Foundational for Jews and Christians
  • Finding Old Testament Quotes Spoken by Jesus
  • What Is the Shema?
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 2: The Command before the Command

  • The Semantic Range of Shema
  • Discovering the Range of Meanings for the Lemma Shema
  • The Meaning of Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4
  • What’s in a Name?
  • The Christian as Israel
  • “Hear, O Israel” as an Indicator of Place
  • Summary: Deuteronomy 6:4a
  • Translating Deuteronomy 6:4b
  • God’s Name in the Shema
  • Using Hebrew Lexicons to Define Important Terms
  • The Meaning of God
  • Compound Nature, Compound Name
  • An Ambiguous Expression
  • “The LORD Is One”: Exclusivity of Relationship
  • Comparing English Versions of Deuteronomy 6:4
  • “The LORD Is One”: Integrity of Character
  • Unit 2 Quiz
  • Midterm Exam

Unit 3: The Command

  • Review and Introduction
  • Ancient Near Eastern Covenants
  • The Motivation for Covenantal Love
  • The Volitional Nature of Loving God
  • The Emotional Nature of Loving God
  • Discovering Ancient Near Eastern Treaties Related to the Shema
  • The Quality of Love for God
  • Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 4: The Commands after the Command: Internalization

  • Review of the Shema’s Structure
  • “These Words”: Which Words?
  • God’s Commandments: Still Relevant
  • Internal Medicine: Words on the Heart
  • The New Power of the New Covenant
  • Unit 4 Quiz

Unit 5: The Commands after the Command: Externalization

  • The Command in the Community
  • The Meaning of Shinnen
  • Keeping the Faith Alive through Children
  • Everywhere and All the Time
  • Bound to God’s Commandments
  • Doorposts and Gates
  • Unit 5 Quiz
  • The Shema on Our Hearts
  • Final Exam

Product Details

About Mark D. Futato

Dr. Mark D. Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Futato received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He served on the translation team for the Book of Psalms in The New Living Translation, contributed study notes for the ESV Study Bible and The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.

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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.