Unit Code & NameBA1791B 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.
Learning ActivitiesLectures, seminars, group work, online forums, videos
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
AssessmentsSummative reflection (800 words) - 20%
1 x 1,200 word Exegesis of selected text - 30%
1 x 2,000 word Essay - 50%
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. Demonstrate an understanding of different interpretations of biblical texts, and discuss the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context.
Text BooksText to be purchased
Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: a Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (4th edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.