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B7120 Introduction to Old Testament

  • Unit Code & NameB7120 Introduction to Old Testament
  • DescriptionThis course introduces students to the literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes of the Old Testament. It seeks to provide a foundation for further biblical and theological study.
  • DisciplineBiblical Studies
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester1, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • DateTuesdays on 7 and 21 February, 7 and 28 March, 11 April (7.30- 8.30 pm), AEDST for the first four classes. Optional participation
  • Lecturer(s) Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • PrerequisitesExcludes B7110
  • Learning ActivitiesEngagement with set readings and lesson notes, answering tutorial questions, and participation in online tutorials
  • AssessmentsA short paper (review of some readings), a thematic essay on one of the key motifs of OT story, and a short exegetical paper
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the overall structure and contents of the Old Testament
    2. Identify the literary shape, themes, social and historical background of the individual books of the Old Testament
    3. Employ critical methodologies in the interpretation of Old Testament texts
    4. Access secondary literature
    5. Convey the relevance of the Old Testament to Christian life and the contemporary world
  • Text BooksArnold, Bill T. Introduction to the Old Testament, Cambridge University Press, 2014