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Undergraduate Course: Old Testament Theology (DIVI10068)

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
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. Central theological questions are used to structure an investigation of the breadth of theological responses to them found in the HB/OT. Historically, biblical theology has been a part of the tradition of Christian interpretation, so its discussions and interests predominate in the course. However, during the 20th C. it came increasingly to be discussed by Jewish biblical scholars, and attention is paid to these contributions as well.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course begins by providing an orientation to the history of biblical theology, and the contributions of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in particular. Fundamental theological questions structure the course: how can God be known? How is the character of God to be 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? And, a key theological theme for later religious developments, how is the 'messiah' to be understood in Jewish and Christian perspectives?

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has weekly meetings with sessions in two-hour blocks. 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. Brief pieces of weekly preparatory work form a 'portfolio' which contributes to assessment. Students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes through these, participation in discussion, a substantial interpretative essay investigating a particular passage or problem from the set text, and the final examination.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Old Testament Theology (BIST10043)
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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain how texts from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament inform theological discussion.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of seminal contributions to the theological study of the HB/OT, from both Christian and Jewish perspectives.
  3. Integrate the study of the HB/OT with other theological disciplines.
  4. Offer independent, critical analysis of the HB/OT texts in relation to theological issues.
Reading List
Moberly, Walter, Old Testament Theology: Reading the Bible as Christian Scripture, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.

Schmid, Konrad, A Historical Theology of the Hebrew Bible, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019.

Spieckermann, Hermann/Feldmaier, Reinhard, God of the Living: A Biblical Theology, Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Capacity to modify, suspend or otherwise change position when warranted
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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