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Postgraduate Course: Hebrew Bible Exegesis A (BIST11016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryClose reading of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to refine students' understanding of the Hebrew Bible by close reading in the original language of a set text. While the course thus will enhance the linguistic skills of participants, its primary goal is rather to develop exegetical skills in the interpretation of the text under investigation. All matters pertinent to exegesis are incorporated into the study of the set text: philological concerns, textual criticism, as well as historical, literary, and theological dimensions. The set text changes from year to year depending on the research interests of the instructor.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course begins with a detailed orientation to the set text, its leading interpretative issues, and the seminal contributions in the history of its interpretation. Thereafter, the text itself structures the course as selected passages are studied in their original language, along with the translations from antiquity, where relevant (e.g. Septuagint, Targumim).

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has weekly meetings with sessions in two-hour blocks. All sessions are seminar based and interactive, with the text itself as the focus of discussion. Weekly writing assignments provide opportunity for formative assessment and developing the skill of communicating exegetical discussions in written form. A major independent exegetical essay is written as the culmination to the course. Through this, and in conjunction with the formative assessment and weekly discussion, students will demonstrate their achievement of the course's learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents must have three years of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament study and good reading ability in classical Hebrew.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Produce detailed exegetical study of texts from the Hebrew Bible in text-critical, literary, historical, and theological dimensions.
  2. Demonstrate linguistic understanding of the classical Hebrew language.
  3. Offer independent critical judgments of previous scholarly exegetical discussion.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will gain ability in analysing texts, marshalling evidence in support of that analysis, oral presentation skills, and handling detail in writing.
KeywordsHebrew Bible,Old Testament,Hebrew,exegesis
Course organiserDr David Reimer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8977
Course secretaryMs Roisin O'Fee
Tel: (0131 6)50 8921
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