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Undergraduate Course: Early Jewish Texts (DIVI10063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA selection of Jewish texts dating to the Graeco-Roman period, including apocalypses, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, apocalypses and novels.
Course description Academic Description:
This course examines various themes and texts in Early Judaism, including selected passages from the books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and the New Testament.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
This course will discuss the history, theology and symbolism of the Temple of Jerusalem in a selection of ancient biblical and early Jewish texts. It will interest students who want to study priestly theology, the sacrificial cult, the idealization of sacred space in ancient Judaism, and the symbolic representation of the Temple. The course will consist of a combination of lectures and seminars, and students will have the opportunity to study a range of texts in English translation.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course will be taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, during which time students would be able to engage with the primary sources as well as scholarly discussion of various issues.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Early Jewish Texts (BIST10032)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a good understanding of the history of the Temple from Solomonic times to its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE.
  2. have studied key biblical and non-biblical texts referring to the Temple and the cultic sacrifice.
  3. have a good understanding of priestly theology and its view of the world.
  4. have studied the symbolic meaning of the Temple in the selected texts indicated below.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Capacity for reflexive learning
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
- Ability to read texts in a different language
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Timothy Lim
Tel: (0131 6)50 8919
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