RELT6004

Advanced Studies in the Old Testament

10 Units

This course has a focus on the background and literature of the Hebrew Bible, commonly referred to as the Old Testament. It includes a close consideration of the history, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours from the period 'before Abraham' to 4 BCE. Out of this backdrop, students will engage in the critical study of selected books within this part of the Bible.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability

Not currently offered

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of key features of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Hebrew Bible. 2. Explain the importance of the Exodus as the watermark of Jewish faith and the birth of a nation. 3. Describe the circumstances of the Exile, the role of the prophets and the contribution of the Exile to the development of the Biblical text. 4. Exegete selected Hebrew Bible texts. 5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the Old Testament as a theological expression of Israel’s history.

Content

The course will be organised around the following themes:

  1. History, geography, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours.
  2. The contribution of archaeology and the literature of the Bible with special reference to the Torah and the ‘major’ Prophets.
  3. The Hebrew Bible as an expression of religious beliefs.
  4. Exegetical method, applied to selected passages.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6004
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6004 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6004.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 – 1,200 words (20%) Assignment 2 – 2,400 words (40%) Assignment 3 – 2,400 words (40%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for RELT6004

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