Pentateuch

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 211 - 8211

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit provides students with resources for engaging in a literary and theological exploration of the Pentateuch.  The focus is upon exegetical and theological issues with particular attention to specific passages.  Students are introduced to important themes concerning God and his dealings with the world and humankind in creation, judgment, covenant and redemption.  Opportunities are provided to discuss the present day application of the text.

Aims

To enable students to engage in a literary and theological exploration of the Pentateuch and to consider its contribution to the rest of Scripture.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Display a broad knowledge of the literary contents of the Pentateuch

·      Articulate their understanding of the theological significance of the Pentateuch

Intellectual skills

·      Analyse and evaluate some of the major themes of the Pentateuch

·      Articulate their understanding of the theological significance of the Pentateuch

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Interpret selected texts with critical integrity, with the help of commentaries and other secondary sources

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:    

 

500 words

2000 words

 

n/a

n/a

·         211:

·         8211:

An essay plan

An essay

Summative:

 

3000 words

2000 words

 

 

100%

100%

pass / fail*

·         211:

·         8211:

An essay

An 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

Introduction

Normally four sessions on Genesis, two each on Exodus and Deuteronomy, one each on Leviticus and Numbers

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

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

Indicative reading

Alexander, T Desmond, From Paradise to Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002)

Alexander, T. Desmond & David W. Baker (eds), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Leicester: IVP, 2003)

Clines, David J.A., The Theme of the Pentateuch, 2nd edn (Sheffield: SAP, 1997)

Fretheim, Terence E., The Pentateuch (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996)

Hamilton, Victor P., Handbook on the Pentateuch, 2nd edn (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005)

Lalleman, Hetty, Celebrating the Law? The Relevance of Old Testament Ethics (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004, 2nd edn 2016)

McConville, J. Gordon, Grace in the End: A Study in Deuteronomic Theology (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1993)

Millar, J.G., Now Choose Life: Theology and Ethics in Deuteronomy (Leicester: IVP, 1998)

Sailhamer, J.H., The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992)

Wenham, Gordon J., Exploring the OT: Vol 1 The Pentateuch (SPCK, 2003)

Wright, Christopher J.H., Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (Leicester: IVP, 2004)

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Pentateuch

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 211 - 8211

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman

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