Postgraduate Course: Hebrew Prophecy (BIST11004)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of the course is to develop critical reading of large parts of the biblical prophetic corpus. It considers the depiction of prophets and seers and 'men of God' in the books of the Bible. And it looks in turn at the Hebrew books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the 'Book of the Twelve'.
The prophets of Israel as we encounter them in the books of the Hebrew Bible are the most distinctive representatives of Hebrew Religion. In looking back at the past, analysing the present and predicting the future, they bear witness to the history of the God of Israel and his people. The prophets as mediators between God and the people played an important role all over the Ancient Near East, however, only the Hebrew prophets come into books that reflect on the relationship between God and his people. The course aims at investigating this phenomenon by understanding the texts in their original language.
While the first session gives an introduction into the phenomenon of Hebrew prophecy as such, the further sessions focus on a selection of primary texts. Each week will focus on the translation and analysis of a set primary text accompanied by one or more secondary readings In any given year, there may be a particular focus on one prophetic book.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course format is a mixture of lecture and seminar-style discussion with group work on set primary and secondary reading. The focus is on translating and understanding the texts in their historical context and interpreting them accordingly.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
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Course Delivery Information
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| Familiarity with the main themes of the Former and Latter Prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Familiarity with the terminology of 'prophecy', 'vision' etc. An understanding of how 'biblical prophecy' relates to prophecy in the Ancient Near East.
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|Course organiser||Dr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
|Course secretary||Miss Suzi Higton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227