Interpreting the Old Testament

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 115 - 8115

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit builds on the discussion of introductory issues in unit 112 Introduction to the Bible and on skills acquired in unit 103 Reading and Using the Bible.  It helps students to improve their exegetical skills and to read and use commentaries and other aids independently.  It also pays attention to contemporary use of the Old Testament.

Aims

To give students more experience in interpreting the Old Testament and in using secondary literature.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Discuss a variety of Old Testament passages with confidence

Intellectual skills

·      Evaluate critically commentaries and other aids

·      Analyse the use of Scripture in devotional literature

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Interpret passages from the Old Testament with confidence

·      Bring out the significance of different parts of the Old Testament for today

·      (115 only) work constructively in a group

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:    

 

 

 

1500 words

 

n/a

 

n/a

·         115:

 

·         8155:

Exegetical exercise in groups in class

An exegetical essay

Summative:

 

2000 words

 

100%

100%

Pass/fail*

·         115:

·         8155:

An exegetical essay

An exegetical essay

and a learning journal*

 

* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

1.    Introduction and a passage from Genesis (narrative)

2.    The passage from Genesis (2)

3.    A passage from the Early Prophets

4.    A passage from Deuteronomy

5.    Using Leviticus

6.    The use of Scriptures in ethical decisions

7.    A Psalm (poetry)

8.    A prophetic passage

9.    Some critical theories

10.  Commentaries and other study aids

11.  The Old Testament for today

Teaching method

Interactive lectures and small groups

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

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Interpreting the Old Testament

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 115 - 8115

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman

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