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Postgraduate Course: Hebrew Bible in Historical-Critical Perspective (BIST11021)

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
SummaryThe course aims at postgraduate students who want to deepen their abilities to read and understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language. It offers an introduction into the methods of historical-critical scholarship for those students, whose emphasis is on Biblical Studies or those who want to pursue a postgraduate degree in Hebrew Bible.
Course description Academic Description:
This course offers an introduction to the methods of historical-critical scholarship. It is aimed at postgraduate students who want to deepen their abilities to read and understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language. Every student who wants to learn more about textual criticism, literary criticism and redaction history, is very welcome. The course is especially useful for students who want to prepare for a dissertation or a thesis in Hebrew Bible Studies.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The outline of the course will follow the progress of methods of historical-critical exegesis. The vision account in Ezek 37:1-14 will serve as our paradigm. While the first session gives an introduction into historical-critical exegesis, the further session will focus on translation, textual criticism, textual analysis, redaction history and content analysis.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of two-hour seminars each week. There will be a mix of lectures, interactive elements, group work and presentations to support the learning experience. The students are supposed to prepare for class by following a reading schedule with selected literature and handouts introducing the methodological steps, and by preparing the analysis of the text for each seminar session. Using the format of a supervised research essay, students work on their summative assessment throughout the term, with different points of formative feedback timed to follow through the process of methods.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Competence in the Hebrew language; basic knowledge of Greek is useful, but not required.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCompetence in the Hebrew language; basic knowledge of Greek is useful, but not required.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read, understand and analyse Hebrew Bible texts, applying the methodological tools of historical-critical exegesis. "
  2. Research different questions of Hebrew Bible Studies on the basis of a methodically reflected historical-critical reading.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings.
  4. Demonstrate good judgement about how to assess the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
Richelle, Matthieu, Interpreting Israel's Scriptures: A Practical Guide for the Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Peabody: Hendrickson Academic, 2022.

Rogerson, J.W./Lieu, Judith, The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies, Oxford: OUP, 2008.

Steck, Odil Hannes, Old Testament Exegesis: A Guide on Methodology, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.

Tov, Emanuel, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHebrew Bible,Old Testament,Historical-Critical Perspective,methods
Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
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