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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:
Students are expected to attend a weekly two-hour class alongside students on the Level 10 version of this course (Old Testament Texts). All sessions are seminar based and active participation is expected. The seminars may include, for example, lecture-style sections, textual analysis, thematic discussion, debate, and examination of visual artefacts. In addition, PG students will have a 1-hr exegesis class each week, in which a passage of text is examined in detail in its original language.
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
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exegetical essay of 4000 words, 90%
Weekly class participation, 10%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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.
Reading List
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 Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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