Advanced Studies in the Hebrew Bible

Course code RELT6004Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course has a focus on the background and literature of the Hebrew Bible, commonly referred to as the Old Testament. It includes a close consideration of the history, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours from the period 'before Abraham' to 4 BCE. Out of this backdrop, students will engage in the critical study of selected books within this part of the Bible.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of key features of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Hebrew Bible.
2. Explain the importance of the Exodus as the watermark of Jewish faith and the birth of a nation.
3. Describe the circumstances of the Exile, the role of the prophets and the contribution of the Exile to the development of the Biblical text.
4. Exegete selected Hebrew Bible texts.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the Old Testament as a theological expression of Israel's history.
ContentThe course will be organised around the following themes:
1. History, geography, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours.
2. The contribution of archaeology and the literature of the Bible with special reference to the Torah and the 'major' Prophets.
3. The Hebrew Bible as an expression of religious beliefs.
4. Exegetical method, applied to selected passages.
Replacing Course(s)THEO6004
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6004 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6004.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 – 1,200 words (20%)

Assignment 2 – 2,400 words (40%)

Assignment 3 – 2,400 words (40%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term