Advanced Studies in the Old Testament

Description

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.

Availability

UoN Broken Bay Instit - Online

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

The 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6004. Students who have successfully completed THEO6004 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6004.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 3

Contact Hours

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term