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Postgraduate Course: Hebrew Scripture Theology (BIST11009)

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
SummaryAn examination of theological themes in Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to enrich students' understanding of and appreciation for the contribution of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (HB/OT) to theological study and reflection. Questions central to theological discussions are used to structure an investigation of the diverse responses to them found in the Hebrew biblical books. Discussions are based on the texts in their original language, and these will be analysed against the background of significant publications and works in the field.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course begins by providing an orientation to the history of biblical theology, and the contributions of the Hebrew Bible in particular. The dialogue between major theological themes and scripture provides the dynamic for course discussions. Theological questions structure the course, e.g.: how can God be known? How is the character of God understood? What does it mean to be human? Who are the 'people of God'? What is sin, and what does it mean to be 'saved'? What is the nature of future hope?

Student Learning Experience
The course has weekly learning activities that are seminar-like and interactive, with the instructor providing input and encouraging students to participate and lead the discussion. .Students will further demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes through participation in the different learning activities, two blogs that reflect on their learning experience (30%) and a 3000-word research essay (70%).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, 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 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two Blogs that reflect on the student's learning experience (30%);
A 3000-word research essay (70%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how key texts from the Hebrew Bible inform theological debate.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of seminal contributions to the theological study of the Hebrew Bible.
  3. Identify commonalities and contrasts in Jewish and Christian uses of the Hebrew Bible in constructive theology.
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Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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