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BA1/8001S

Introducing the Hebrew Bible

This unit is an introduction to the diversity of the texts and traditions of the Hebrew Bible. The unit will explore different historical, geographical, literary and traditional contexts of the Hebrew Bible through a detailed exploration of specific texts; introduce modern schools of study, as well as history of research into the Hebrew Bible; and enable students to develop a familiarity with exegetical tools and methods, using problem-based learning.


Lecturer: Angela Sawyer
Offered: Refer to Timetable
Also taught online BA1/8701S

Undergraduate: Level 1
Postgraduate: Level 8

Discipline: BA Biblical Studies

Prerequisites:
Nil


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Describe the historical and social world of the Hebrew Bible;
  2. Demonstrate a working familiarity with a range of interpretive approaches to the Hebrew Bible;
  3. Effectively use the tools for biblical interpretation: lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, journals, monographs and primary sources;
  4. Develop and summarize an awareness of and appreciation for the history of Hebrew Bible research and a variety of interpretive approaches current in biblical scholarship;
  5. Apply theological and hermeneutical applications of the Hebrew Bible to their current context.

Postgraduate

  1. Describe and discuss the historical and social world of the Hebrew Bible;
  2. Demonstrate competence with a range of interpretive approaches to the Hebrew Bible;
  3. Effectively use the tools for biblical interpretation: lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, journals, monographs and primary sources;
  4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the history of Hebrew Bible research, and critique a range of current scholarly approaches;
  5. Analyse and apply theological and hermeneutical applications of the Hebrew Bible to their current context.

Assessment:

Undergraduate

Essay (1500 words) 40%
Critical Reflection (500 words) 10%
Exegetical Essay (1,750 words) 50%

Postgraduate

Essay (2000 words) 40%
Critical Reflection (1000 words) 10%
Exegetical Essay (3,000 words) 50%


Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Baker, D. Tight fists or open hands? Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans, 2009.

Birch, B. et al. Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville, Abingdon, 2005.

Broyles, C. (ed). Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis. Grand Rapids, Baker, 2001.

Brueggemann, B. Old Testament Theology: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy. Minneapolis, Fortress, 1997.

Campbell, Antony SJ. Experiencing Scripture. Adelaide: ATF: 2012.

*Collins, J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis, Fortress, 2004.

Fretheim, T. God & world in the Old Testament. Nashville, Abingdon, 2005.

Hanson, P. The People Called. London, Harper & Row, 1986.

Matthews, V, & D. Benjamin, Social World of Ancient Israel 1250-587 BCE. Peabody, Hendrickson, 1993.

Rogerson, J, & P. Davies. The Old Testament World. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

*Steussy, M. (ed). Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament. St. Louis, Chalice, 2003.