Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Religion, Theology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
    Module code: 4AAT1005
    Semester: Semester 2 (spring)
    Module description: This module is intended for students who may or may not have some prior knowledge of the Old Testament, but who have no prior knowledge of the critical methodologies via which it is approached in academic study.
    Sample topics
    Introduction: What is the Old Testament?
    Methods for Reading and Interpreting Old Testament Texts
    The Patriarchal Tradition (Genesis)
    The Exodus Tradition (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers)
    The Conquest Tradition (Deuteronomy, Joshua)
    God Save the King? (Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings)
    Historicity and the Old Testament (British Museum Visit)
    An Interruption in Regularly Scheduled Programming: the Prophets
    The Wisdom Tradition (Proverbs, Job, and Qoheleth)
    Temple and Worship (Psalms and non-canonical worship)
    Study abroad entry requirement: None
    Credit level: 4
    Credit value: 15
    Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.
    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;
    Two 1,500-2,000 word essays (40%), one three-hour examination in the summer (60%)

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