Old Testament (BA)
Biblical Studies (B)
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Three hours per week
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to
- Describe selected theories concerning the compositional history of Samuel;
- Discuss the narrative poetics used in these books;
- Outline the interaction of human desire and divine response;
- Assess key examples of the reception the Samuel narratives;
- Show the inter-relationship of politics and theology in the history of Israelite and Judean kingship.
- Forum – five 200 word forum posts – online tutorial participation – not fewer than 5 entries of approximately 200 words each, responding to set readings and peer interaction (20%)
- Exegesis – One 1,500 word Exegesis (30.0 %)
- Essay – One 2,000 word Essay (50%)
- Brett, Mark. Locations of God: Political Theology in the Hebrew Bible. New York: OUP, 2019.
- Brueggemann, Walter. David’s Truth. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2nd edn 2002.
- Edenburg, Cynthia and Juha Pakkala. Is Samuel among the Deuteronomists? Atlanta: SBL, 2013.
- Gilmour, Rachelle. Divine Violence in the Book of Samuel. New York: OUP, 2019.
- Killeen, Kevin. The Political Bible in Early Modern England. Cambridge: CUP, 2017.
- Linafeld, Tod, T. Beal & C. V. Camp (eds). The Fate of King David. London: T&T Clark, 2010.
- McCarter, P Kyle. I and II Samuel. New York, Doubleday, 1980, 1984.
- McKenzie, Stephen. King David: A Biography. Oxford: OUP, 2000.
- Nelson, Eric. The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.
- Schniedewind, William. Society and the Promise to David: The Reception History of 2 Samuel 7:1-17. Oxford: OUP, 1999.
- Wright, Jacob N. David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.