1004 old testament (3) scholarly study of the hebrew bible (old testament) against the background of the history and religious life of ancient israel.  text: tanakh:the holy scriptures (philadelphia: jewish publication society, 1985). Sermons from a southern rabbi (available at campus bookstore or.  required articles and biblical passages for each lecture session are found on moodle as noted below. Rel 1004 is a general education humanities course with the following learning objectives. www. wipfandstock. com). * to impart an understanding of how knowledge is acquired in the humanities discipline of religious studies. * to impart an understanding of another culture, that of israel during the iron age. * to help students to grasp the influence of historical factors on religious ideas and literature, specifically those of ancient israel. Rel 1004 is a lower-level class that regularly enrolls 55 first-year and second-year students from all colleges and curricula at lsu.