(Three hours per week equivalent)
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic contents of the major sections of the Hebrew Bible, with particular attention to the Torah and historical books.
- Critically examine the contexts in which the biblical texts emerged in antiquity: historical, social, political, and literary.
- Articulate the connection between the OT and the student’s ministry setting.
- Analyse the contexts in which the scriptures came into existence, in order to identify the significant theological themes they present.
- Consider and examine parallels between Hebrew Scriptures and other selected traditional scriptures and rituals.
- Quizzes/tests (1,500 words) (20%)
- Written essay (1,500 words) (20%)
- Project report (4,000 words) (60%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Boer, Roland. Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: the next step. Vol. 70. SBL Press, 2013.
- Brett, Mark G. Decolonizing God-The Bible in the Tides of Empire. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.
- Collins, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2nd edition, 2014
- Elsmore, Bronwyn. Like them that dream: The Maori and the old testament. Oratia Media Ltd, 2015.
- Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn, ed. The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. CCAR Press, 2017.
- Gossai, Hemchand ed. Postcolonial Commentary and the Old Testament New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
- Sanneh, Lamin O. Whose Religion Is Christianity? : The Gospel Beyond the West. Grand Rapids Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2003.
- Woodley, Randy. Shalom and the community of creation: An indigenous vision. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012.