1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO2104, THEO2111 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Tutorial presentation, Tutorial participation
Topic description

This topic evaluates 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, and a critical analysis of the composition of these books, the history of interpretation and the various interpretive approaches taken to the text.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Analyse 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
  • Examine and review the major issues involved in a critical study of the Pentateuch develop advanced exegetical skills
  • Examine the meaning and significance of the Pentateuch within the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Evaluate the role of the prophetic literature in understanding a range of theological messages, in both ancient and contemporary contexts
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing a range of theoretical and theological issues relating to the Pentateuch, to a variety of audiences
  2. Demonstrate exegetical skills in interpreting diverse texts from Genesis to Deuteronomy
  3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate methodological issues surrounding the study of the Pentateuch critically
  4. Demonstrate research skills of identifying, accessing, and analysing relevant primary and secondary sources related to the Pentateuch and its interpretation
  5. Demonstrate hermeneutical sensitivity to the implications of the study of the Pentateuch and the diversity of contemporary interpretations