1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 THEO1101 - Interpreting the Old Testament
1a Admission into GCTHS-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
1b Admission into GDPTHS-Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
1c Admission into MTHS-Master of Theological Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO2104, THEO8104 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic provides an overview of the content and major themes of the first five books of the Bible. It includes a detailed exegetical study of selected texts from the Pentateuch, an exploration of the composition of these books, the history of interpretation and the various interpretive approaches taken to the text.
Educational aims
In this topic students will:

  • gain an appreciation of the nature and the content of major portions of the Pentateuch, its literary composition and the impact of this on the theological understanding of the text
  • become aware of the major issues involved in a critical study of the Pentateuch
  • develop their exegetical skills
  • appreciate the meaning and significance of the Pentateuch within the Hebrew Scriptures
  • be aware of the significance of the Pentateuch for contemporary contexts
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the topic students will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to formulate and communicate ideas, both verbally and in writing
  • critical reading of a range of texts from Genesis to Deuteronomy
  • the ability to identify the critical and methodological issues surrounding the study of the Pentateuch
  • exegetical skills in interpreting Pentateuchal texts
  • the ability to discus, interpret and evaluate the secondary literature on the Pentateuch
  • hermeneutical sensitivity to the implications of the study of the Pentateuch