Interpreting the Old Testament (P/G)

Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA9300T/BA9309T
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: Introduction to the Old Testament or equivalent
Content: In this unit students will gain an overview of diverse approaches and methods employed in the interpretation of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). These methods will be employed to consider the main theological themes such as creation, election, justice, covenant, mercy, prophecy, suffering, death, gender and ecology. Consideration will be given to the ways in which different scholars and traditions have understood the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • critically analyse Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) texts with a view to identifying key theological themes
  • describe the importance of hermeneutic methods in the Old Testament for the development of Christian theology
  • discuss the issues involved in employing Old Testament theological themes in the development of Christian theology
  • critically review scholarly literature on a particular theological theme of the Old Testament
  • articulate theological themes and methods of the Old Testament with reference to contemporary methods and more established methods of reading.
  • Forum or tutorial sessions, equivalent to 1,000 (20%)
  • 2,000-word essay (35%)
  • 3,000-word exegetical essay (45%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Brueggemann, Walter. Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture.Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.

Davis, Ellen F. Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition.Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1995.

Dell, Katharine.Who needs the Old Testament?: Its Enduring Appeal and Why the New Atheists Don't Get it. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017.

Dube Shomanah, Musa W., The HIV & AIDS Bible: Selected Essays. Chicago, IL: University of Scranton Press, 2008.

Fishbane, Michael A. The Garments of Torah: Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics.Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989.

Hanson, Paul D. Political Engagement as Biblical Mandate. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2010.

Henze, Matthias. Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings Between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus. Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2017.

Melcher, Sarah J. Ed. The Bible and Disability: A Commentary. Edited by Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons and Amos Yong. Studies in Religion, Theology, And Disability. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.

Scholz, Susanne. Introducing the Women's Hebrew Bible: Feminism, Gender Justice, and the Study of the Old Testament.London: T & T Clark, 2017.