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BA8791B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

  • Unit Code & NameBA8791B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
  • DescriptionThis unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will seek to introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretative approaches taken up by contemporary scholarship.

    It develops an understanding of critical exegetical tools, and includes an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials.

    This unit provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.
  • FieldB - Biblical Studies
  • DisciplineBA - Old Testament
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester2, 2018
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts.
    2. Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc)
    3. Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.
    4. Distinguish between a variety of interpretations of biblical texts and the assumptions upon which they are based.
    5. Assess the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context.
  • Text Books* set texts recommended for purchase

    * Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: a Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (3rd edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
    Birch, Bruce C. et al (eds) A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. (2nd edition) Nashville : Abingdon, 2005.
    Boadt, Lawrence, Richard J. Clifford, and Daniel J. Harrington. Reading the Old Testament: an Introduction (2nd edition) New York: Paulist Press, 2012.
    Brueggemann, Walter. Introduction to the Old Testament: the Canon and Christian Imagination. Louisville : Westminster John Knox, 2003.
    Carr, David M. An introduction to the Old Testament. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
    Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (2nd edition) Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2014.
    Coggins, Richard J. Introducing the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
    Gillingham, Susan E. One Bible, Many Voices: Different Approaches to Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
    Hays, John H. and Holladay, Carl R. Biblical Exegesis: a Beginner?s Handbook. (3rd edition) Atlanta : John Knox, 2007.
    McKenzie, Steven L. and Kaltner, John. The Old Testament: its Background, Growth, & Content. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007.
    Rogerson, John and Philip R. Davies. The Old Testament World. London: T&T Clark, 2005.
    Walton, John H. and Andrew E. Hill. Old Testament Today: a Journey from Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance. (2nd edition) Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.