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King David and Multicultural Leadership*
King David presents an excellent opportunity to study leadership in a multicultural context. The Israelites and the kingdom of Israel emerged during the early Iron Age when the land of Canaan consisted of multitude of people competing for a space of their own. David emerges as the successful leader who is able to forge a multi-people kingdom and Saul is portrayed as the failed leader. We will examine characteristics of leaders and circumstances of contexts that make some types of leadership effective and others ineffective. We will reflect on questions like: What are essential characteristics of a good leader? What are important features of a successful leader in a multicultural context? To what extent can a leader recognize and heed God’s voice and to what extent do the practical and strategic interests of an organization muffle this voice? In addition to David and Saul, other leaders from the David story and the book of Judges will be examined.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the following dates 5/21, 5/23, 5/25, 5/30, 6/4, 6/6, 6/8, 6/11, 6/13, 6/15, 6/18, 6/20, 6/22
- Through this course students will become familiar with the content of Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings 1-11.
- Students will have greater understanding of the historical and socio–political context in which David, Saul, Samuel and judges were active.
- Students will explore leadership in general and in multicultural contexts in particular.
Requirements & Grades:
- Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to participate actively in class; 20% toward the final grade.
Attendance Policy: Attendance in class is required. If you know you will be unable to attend a class session, please inform the instructor in advance; one excused absence will not count toward the total. Missing two to three sessions will result in an automatic lowering of your final grade by a full letter grade (A to B; A- to B-; B+ to C+; B, B-, or C+ to C; and C to F). Missing four or more sessions will result in automatic failure of the course.
- Plagiarism Policy [See page 4]
- Bible Content Exam: May 30; 30% toward the final grade.
- Research Paper: due August 10; 50% toward the final grade. Write a research paper on a specific topic, character, or passage related to leadership in ancient Israel; 15 to 18 pages long, double spaced; must incorporate at least five works in addition to the readings from the course; a more detailed instruction will be given on May 30.
Week 1: May 21, 23, 25 Reading the text and the context
- Killebrew, Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity [read the entire book]
- Judges [May 21], 1 Samuel [May 23], 2 Samuel and 1 Kings 1-11 [May 25]
Week 2: May 30 Exam and Leadership
Bible Content Exam
Leadership (Judges, Kings, Priests, Prophets, Sages, Warriors) in Ancient Israel
Paper Proposal Instruction and Discussion
- Czövek, Three Seasons of Charismatic Leadership
Week 3: June 4, 6, 8 Judges, Samuel, and Saul
- Miller and Hayes, Chapters 4-5 [June 4]
- Steussey, Samuel and His God [June 6]
- Green, King Saul’s Asking [June 8]
Week 4: June 11, 13, 15 David
- Miller and Hayes, Chapter 6
- Kim, Identity and Loyalty
- Uriah Y. Kim, “Preaching David and Saul from Multicultural Contexts,” Living Pulpit 21/1 (2012), pp. 8-11
Week 5: June 18, 20, 22 Solomon
Student Presentations on Final Papers [20-30 minute presentation and discussion per student]
- Brueggemann, Solomon
Plagiarism, the failure to give proper credit for the words and ideas of another person, whether published or unpublished, is strictly prohibited. Credit will not be given for written work containing plagiarism, and plagiarism can lead to failure of a course. All written material submitted by students must be their own original work; where the words and ideas of others are used they must be acknowledged. Additionally, if students receive editorial help with their writing they should also acknowledge it appropriately.
Credit will not be given for work containing plagiarism, and plagiarism can lead to failure of a course. Faculty will report all instances of plagiarism to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will then collect documented details of the case and advance any recommendations for further action to the Academic Policies Committee. Through this process the situation will be reviewed and any additional penalties that may be warranted (up to and including expulsion from the school) will be determined.
For clarity as to what constitutes plagiarism, the following description is provided:
- Word for word plagiarism: (a) the submission of another person’s work as one’s own; (b) the submission of a commercially prepared paper; (c) the submission of work from a source which is not acknowledged by a footnote or other specific reference in the paper itself; (d) the submission of any part of another person’s work without proper use of quotation marks.
- Plagiarism by paraphrase: (a) mere re-arrangement of another person’s works and phrases does not make them your own and also constitutes plagiarism; (b) paraphrasing another person’s words, ideas, and information without acknowledging the original source from which you took them is also plagiarism. See Part II of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, (7th Edition, University of Chicago Press, 2007) for an explanation of the proper ways to acknowledge the work of others and to avoid plagiarism.
- Reuse of your own work: Coursework submitted for credit in one course cannot be submitted for credit in another course. While technically not plagiarism, this type of infraction will be treated in the same manner as plagiarism and will be subject to the same penalties. If you are using small amounts of material from a previous submitted work, that work should be referenced appropriately. When a student is writing their final program requirement (paper, project or thesis) it may be appropriate, with their advisor’s permission, to include portions of previously submitted material if properly referenced.
Required Books (in the order they are to be read)
- Anne E. Killebrew, Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity (Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2005) Buy now
- J. Maxwell Miller and John H. Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah (Second Edition; Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006) Buy now
- Tamás Czövek, Three Seasons of Charismatic Leadership: A Literary-Critical and Theological Interpretation of the Narrative of Saul, David and Solomon ( Paternoster, 2006) Buy now
- Marti J. Steussey, Samuel and His God (Columbia: University of South Carolina, 2010) Buy now
- Barbara Green, Interfaces: King Saul’s Asking (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003) Buy now
- Uriah Y. Kim, Identity and Loyalty in the David Story (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008) [to purchase a copy at a 50% discount, go to http://sheffieldphoenix.com/showbook.asp?bkid=127 and order it at “Scholar’s Price”]
- Walter Brueggemann, Solomon: Israel’s Ironic Icon of Human Achievement (Columbia: University of South Carolina, 2005) Buy now