Old Testament Narrative

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 412

UNIT DESCRIPTION

Students are introduced to the distinctive features of modern narrative biblical interpretation. They study techniques used in Old Testament (OT) narrative such as plot and structure, point of view, characterisation, repetition and irony. Attention is paid to different contemporary approaches to the interpretation of OT narrative, including the role of history, theology, ideology and the reader. Passages discussed in class come largely from the narratives in Genesis and Samuel.

Aims

This unit enables students to consider various approaches to the narrative parts of the OT and to interpret them in the light of recent developments in the field.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate profound knowledge of the characteristics of narrative exegesis
Intellectual skills
  • interpret a variety of narratives within the OT using the tools of narrative criticism
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • read and interpret texts with an eye for detail and inner structure
  • select, prepare and organise material effectively to produce a coherent written assignment

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Student-led seminar

45 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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Old Testament Narrative

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 412

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr E. Anne Clements

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