1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into GCTHS-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
1a Admission into GDPTHS-Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
1b Admission into MTHS-Master of Theological Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO1101, THEO8101 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic explores the fundamental of Old Testament studies, including contemporary interpretation, by reading it as collection of different kinds of literature and exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the Hebrew scriptures. Students will develop cognitive skills in the exegesis of biblical texts and explore some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop knowledge of the content, historical and geographical setting, literary forms and the leading theological themes of the Old Testament
  • Induct students into the field of Old Testament studies
  • Develop skills in the critical study of scriptures
  • Investigate how we draw significance from the Old Testament writings for contemporary contexts
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse the historical, social and cultural context of the Old Testament writings
  2. Discuss the appropriateness of using various interpretive methodologies
  3. Demonstrate the critical analysis of scriptures and the ability to prepare an exegesis
  4. Communicate the relevance of Old Testament texts, both verbally and in writing, for a range of audiences