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 THEO3103, THEO8106 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic is designed to give an introduction to the Writings of the Hebrew Bible. The nature of biblical Hebrew poetry will be explored along with the historical and cultural contexts which gave rise to these texts. A range of texts from the Writings will be selected for exegesis. These texts will be examined in light of their historical and contemporary relevance.
Educational aims
In this topic students will:

  • gain an appreciation of the distinctive nature of the Writings within the Hebrew Bible
  • develop their skills in exegesis and theology
  • develop skills in the critical evaluation of the scholarly literature in the field of Biblical Studies
  • be aware of the significance of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible for contemporary contexts
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the topic students will be able to:

  • recognise the literary and historical issues surrounding the Writings of the Hebrew Bible
  • demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text
  • research, evaluate and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments
  • discuss the theology of a given text and be aware of issues with regard to application of the text to a contemporary context