||This unit is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament. It examines matters of canon and translation, the forms of Old Testament literature, historical and theological issues. Texts discussed will deal with creation, flood, law, covenant, kingship, exodus, exile, prophecy, monotheism, divine compassion and justice. The diversity of form and theology within the Old Testament will be stressed and attention given to the relation of interpretation to faith in this context. Students are introduced to the exegesis of Old Testament texts.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe the main historical, cultural, and theological features of the Old Testament world
- Locate and use appropriate resources for biblical studies in the library and on the internet
- Situate a particular text within its theological and literary setting, utilising secondary resources
- exegete a biblical text using primary and secondary resources.
*set text recommended for purchase
*NRSV Study Bible such as New Oxford Annotated Bible or Harper Collins Study Bible
Boadt, L. 2nd Ed. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction, Revised and updated by Clifford and Harrington, New York: Paulist, 2012
Brettler, M. Z. How to Read the Bible, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2005.
Collins, J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.
Davis, E. Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament, Cambridge: Cowley, 2001.
Dally, S. Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.