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B7214 Pentateuch

  • Unit Code & NameB7214 Pentateuch
  • DescriptionThe first five books of the Bible are foundational for understanding the key themes of the whole Scripture. Creation, Fall, Covenants, Exodus, Laws, Atonement, and Holiness are only few big ideas that found on the pages of Torah. This course will explore these themes in detail and engage with the historical, literary and theological issues related to the study of Pentateuch.

    This course unit builds on the foundation unit(s) by examining the forms and content of the Pentateuch. It does so in light of its historical, cultural and religious settings and explores the role of the Pentateuch within the canon and the life of Israel. It considers the formation and composition of the Pentateuch, its historical, cultural, religious and political context and the literary forms within the Pentateuch and their influence on interpretation. Theological themes found within the Pentateuch are highlighted and there is exegesis of selected passages.
  • DisciplineBiblical Studies
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester3, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline, Class
  • DateOnline | Live online tutorials fortnightly on Wednesdays 6 & 20 Sept, 4 & 18 Oct, 1 Nov from 8.30pm to 9.30pm AEST. Live participation is compulsory for 6 Sept and 1 Nov. The remaining three sessions are optional.

    Class | Weekly on Tuesdays from 9.15am to 12.45pm
  • Lecturer(s) Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • Prerequisites9 credit points in Biblical Studies
  • Learning ActivitiesLearning activities for this course include engagement with set readings as per reading plan, reflection, tutorial questions, exegetical exercises, and participation in online discussions
  • AssessmentsAssessment tasks for this course include a reflective essay on methodological issues, a thematic essay related to the key aspects of the theology of the Pentateuch, and an exegetical essay
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Summarize the significant critical issues associated with the study of the Pentateuch including its formation, unity and history
    2. Identify the themes found within the Pentateuch and their relationships to the development of Israel's faith
    3. Exegete selected passages from the Pentateuch
    4. Analyse literary forms and the contribution these forms make to understanding the text
    5. Demonstrate the application of a theme or text to a contemporary audience or community
  • Text BooksAlexander, T. Desmond. From Paradise to the Promised Land : An Introduction to the Pentateuch. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012