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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:
1. Course Details and Introduction: Is There Theology in the Hebrew Bible?
2. Perceptions and Impressions of God
3. World Order and Way of Life
4. Divine Intervention in History: God's Plan
5. Political Theology
6. Law and Righteousness
7. God and His People
8. Monarchy, Theocracy, and a New Ruler
9. Zion and Sinai
10. What does it mean to be Human?
11. Epilogue and Course Review

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%). Formative feedback will be offered on the two blogs and an essay plan prior to the submission of the summative assessment.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
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) 30% - 2 x Blog that reflects on the student's learning experience

70% - Research Essay (3000 words)
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.
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
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Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMr Andre Johnson Hall E Vasconcelos
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