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Postgraduate Course: Hebrew Bible in Historical-Critical Perspective (BIST11021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims at postgraduate students who want to deepen their abilities to read and understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language. It offers an introduction into the methods of historical-critical scholarship for those students, whose emphasis is on Biblical Studies or those who want to pursue a postgraduate degree in Hebrew Bible.
Course description Academic Description:
This course offers an introduction to the methods of historical-critical scholarship. It is aimed at postgraduate students who want to deepen their abilities to read and understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language. Every student who wants to learn more about textual criticism, literary criticism and redaction history, is very welcome. The course is especially useful for students who want to prepare for a dissertation or a thesis in Hebrew Bible Studies.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The outline of the course will follow the progress of methods of historical-critical exegesis. The vision account in Ezek 37:1-14 will serve as our paradigm. While the first session gives an introduction into historical-critical exegesis, the further session will focus on translation, textual criticism, textual analysis, redaction history and content analysis.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of two-hour seminars each week. There will be a mix of lectures, interactive elements, group work and presentations to support the learning experience. The students are supposed to prepare for class by following a reading schedule with selected literature and handouts introducing the methodological steps each week, and by preparing the analysis of the text for each seminar session. The last session is a podium discussion, where each student can present their results on another Hebrew text, thus practising further the methods learned in class.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Competence in the Hebrew language; basic knowledge of Greek is useful, but not required.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCompetence in the Hebrew language; basic knowledge of Greek is useful, but not required.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment consists of a final 4,000 word research essay (100%). In this essay, the student will analyse a text from the Hebrew Bible using the skills and abilities acquired in class. A minimum of 40% has to be obtained. Furthermore, a minimum of three formative essays (500 words each) have to be submitted by arrangement with the course manager. These will be timed to follow through the progress of methods and will prepare for the final research essay.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read, understand and analyse Hebrew Bible texts, applying the methodological tools of historical-critical exegesis. "
  2. Research different questions of Hebrew Bible Studies on the basis of a methodically reflected historical-critical reading.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings.
  4. Demonstrate good judgement about how to assess the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHebrew Bible,Old Testament,Historical-Critical Perspective,methods
Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryDr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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