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5AAT2202 Theological Themes in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee this module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Professor Paul Joyce
 One 2,000-word essay (40%) and one two-hour exam (60%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none

The Old Testament is above all a theological text that contains a rich variety of theological ideas. This course is therefore intended to acquaint students with some of the major theological themes that appear in the Old Testament, and to explore each theme's distinctive characteristics. By the end of the course students should be able to appreciate both the links and the differences between the various theological strands, as well as understanding some of the influences that have contributed to the formation of those strands.

Further information

Module aims
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of the theology of the Old Testament by acquainting them with some of the major theological themes that appear in the literature, and exploring each theme's distinctive characteristics, both within the context of the ancient Israel that produced this body of literature and as received and constructed within postbiblical religious tradition.
Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • deal critically and sensitively with a text that originates in a very different time, culture and language
  • engage critically with primary and secondary sources
  • reflect on method in dealing with ancient literature
  • present ideas in both written and oral form
  • understand the significance of context in reading texts
  • understand different methods of interpretation and their effect on how the text is understood and received

Module specific skills

  • know a range of Old Testament material relating to theological themes
  • understand the range of functions that theological thinking fulfils, and how the beliefs described in the Old Testament might fulfil those functions
  • establish and analyse the kind of world-view that is illustrated by the Old Testament texts on theological themes
  • use Old Testament texts to stimulate reflection on modern issues such as world-view, faith, identity and ideology
Past syllabi

Previous syllabus document available here for academic year 2015-16.

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.


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