DescriptionThis unit addresses key questions associated with the study of the Pentateuch. It pays particular attention to its content, literary forms, historical, religious and cultural background, including its history of formation and reception. It also explores the role and place of the Pentateuch within the biblical canon and its metanarrative. Attention will be also given to key themes of the pentateuchal story: the identity of YHWH and his people, creation, covenants, exodus, laws, atonement, and holiness/purity.
Assessments1 x 800 word Reflection - 20%
1 x 1,200 word Thematic Essay - 30%
1 x 2,000 word Exegetical Essay - 50%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Outline major theories relating to the formation of the Pentateuch
2. Describe the key literary, theological and historical issues pertinent to the Pentateuch
3. Identify the place and the role of the Pentateuch in the wider biblical narrative
4. Interpret selected passages from the Pentateuch
5. Apply theological ideas located in the Pentateuch to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts.
Text BooksText to be purchased
Alexander, T. Desmond. From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch. 3rd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.