What You Will Learn

This course aims at providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to both discover for themselves what scholarship thinks of the Book of Job, and to help them come to their own conclusions about where the evidence currently points.

  • Discover why scholars believe that there are at least three different authors who contributed to the creation of the Book of Job, along with countless others who helped to shape the earlier oral and written traditions in Babylon.

  • Explore the role of the Satan, his development in Jewish thinking, and the meaning of God's otherwise strange bet with the adversarial "son of God."

  • Explore extra-canonical literature, such as the later apocryphal Testament of Job that the authors of the New Testament were familiar with, and learn about how the book of Job already was itself a revision of past stories about Job.

  • Use the insights gained from the Book of Job to discover the larger history of how the rest of the Hebrew Bible was authored and composed over time.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    1. Introductions

    • Recording 1 (Nov 29, 2020)

  • 2

    2. Who Was Job Before the Book of Job?

    • Poem of the Righteous Sufferer

    • The Babylonian Theodicy

    • Recording (Dec 6, 2020)

  • 3

    3. Prologues and Authorship

    • Book of Job Translation by Stephen Mitchell

    • Job Translation by Edward Greenstein

    • Job Prologue Discussion with John Collins and Joel Baden

    • Hayes Yale Lecture on Job

    • Bible Project Overview Animation of Job

    • Korpman Unpublished Paper on Job Prologue

    • John Collins Textbook Introduction to Job

    • Harris & Platzner Textbook Introduction to Job

    • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary Entry for Job

    • Dec 13, 2020 Recording

  • 4

    4. Job's Prologue: Who is the Satan?

    • Gregory Mobley - The Birth of Satan

    • The Devil - A Short Introduction (ebook)

    • Recording Jan 17, 2020

  • 5

    5. Job's Lawsuit Against God

    • Job Poetry Discussion with John Collins & Joel Baden

    • Women's Bible Commentary on Job

    • Jan 24, 2021 Recording

  • 6

    6. Job's Showdown with God

    • Job Whirlwind Discussion by John Collins & Joel Baden

    • The Bible Project Series Job

    • Korpman Unpublished Paper Job Epilogue

    • Recording Jan 31, 2021

  • 7

    7. The Story You Never Knew: The Apocryphal "Testament of Job"

    • Testament of Job translation (Charlesworth volume OTP)

    • Lexham Bible Dictionary

    • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

    • Eerdman's Bible Dictionary

    • Recording February 7, 2021

  • 8

    8. Pseudepigraphy

    • DeSilva Chapter on Testament of Job

    • Life of Adam and Eve (Latin and Greek versions side by side), from OTP, ed. Charlesworth

    • Bart Ehrman "Forgery and Counterforgery" (Viewing Pseudepigraphy as Deceitful)

    • AYBD Dictionary Entry "Pseudepigraphy"

    • AYBD Dictionary Entry "OT Pseudepigrapha"

    • Lexham Bible Dictionary "Pseudepigraphy"

    • Feb 21, 2021 Recording

  • 9

    9. Examining the Authorship of the Pentateuch

    • John Collins Textbook Introduction

    • Joel Baden Composition of the Pentateuch

    • J Source + P Source Side by Side (based on Richard Friedman reconstruction)

    • Evidence for Documentary Hypothesis (older Friedman model, not Baden's)

    • Bible's Buried Secrets Documentary (PBS, 2 Hrs)

    • Joel Baden Conversation: "Did Moses Write the Torah?"

  • 10

    10. What Makes Scripture... Scripture?

    • Placeholder

    • Recording March 7, 2021

Instructor

Matthew Korpman

Matthew J. Korpman is a rising biblical scholar, itinerant preacher, and theological arsonist, and the author of the recent book "Saying No to God: A Radical Approach to Reading the Bible Faithfully." Currently pursuing his PhD in New Testament, he is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, and also also holds four bachelor degrees in Theology, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Screenwriting. He has traveled and excavated in Israel and Jordan, and is proud to call San Diego, California his home. He has been published in some of the top academic journals and has upcoming publications at publishers such as Oxford.

FAQ

  • How Will Classes Be Conducted?

    Classes will be done via live Zoom meetings. These meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the website here for students so that they can either watch it because they missed the class, or review it because they wanted to remember something said during it.

  • Will There Be Quizzes or Exams?

    No. The course will be conducted as a research seminar and your primary objective will be to read, discuss, and understand the material.

  • How Long Will the Course Be?

    The course will be approximately three months long, or 10 or so weeks. This is about the length of an academic Quarter.

  • Will the Class Be Lecture Based?

    No. The class will be conducted as a research seminar which means we will try to make it fun, dynamic, and engaging.

  • When Will the Course Take Place?

    Class time will be voted on by those who are interested in the course, so that a time that is mutually agreeable to everyone can be the date at which we meet each week.

Pricing

The overall cost of the course is $99, discounted from the regular price of $150. The course is three months long and each individual payment of $33.33 provides 30 days of access. This allows the $99 total price to be flexibly broken into three installments that can be paid over time.