Hebrew Scriptures: The Torah

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hebrew Scriptures: The Torah

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The purpose of this module is to help students reflect critically on key themes and issues related to the first five books of the Jewish Scriptures, the Torah (also known as the Pentateuch). In this module students develop knowledge of key issues related to the background and formation of the Torah, explore key themes and figures found within these books (Genesis-Deuteronomy), and analyse the reception, use and impact of these writings. In the course of this module students will also develop skills that will enable them to engage with these texts from a variety of perspectives and methodologies used in the academic study of the Bible. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the primary texts in a reflective and analytical manner as they progress through the module.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe how the Torah is used and understood in different religious traditions, notably Judaism and Christianity;
    2. Communicate a critical understanding of historical issues related to the background and formation of the Torah;
    3. Demonstrate critical awareness of key themes and figures in the books of Genesis-Deuteronomy;
    4. Identify and analyse how these texts have been used and taken up in commentary, culture and society;
    5. Reflect critically on methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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