Introduction to the Old Testament (BA8100A)

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Semester: 1, 2022 (21 Feb – 27 May)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Credit: 24

Census: 15 March 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums

This unit offers an Introduction to the literature of the Old Testament and a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel. The topics covered include: manuscripts of the Holy Bible, development of the Old Testament Canon and translation. Students will be introduced to the study of the Old Testament and its different genres, comparing modern and patristic methodologies of interpreting the Old Testament. Students will study an overview of all books of the Old Testament.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify of the contents of the Old Testament and its various genres
  • Evaluate the importance of the study of the Old Testament, the origins of its writings, and how the books of the Old Testament were adopted by the church
  • Explain the basic historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds of the ancient world of the bible
  • Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the Old Testament
Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written assessment Essay 3,000 50
Written assessment Essay 2,000 30
Other Quizzes 500 10
Written assessment Essay 500 10

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