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 1,500 word Presentation - 20%
1 x 2,200 word Thematic Essay - 35%
1 x 3,300 word Exegetical Essay - 45%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Evaluate key hypotheses relating to the origin, unity, and composition of the Pentateuch
2. Appraise the theological and literary characteristics of different Pentateuchal traditions
3. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the historical contexts (political, religious and social) of the Pentateuch
4. Assess the use of Pentateuchal themes in other biblical traditions
5. Analyse selected texts from the Pentateuch
6. Integrate theological ideas located in the Pentateuch into practical application 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.