1st semester: Tuesday morning (Min. No. 8)

CONTENT
The unit will commence with an outline of the exegetical approach that will be used in the unit and its relationship to other approaches. This will be followed by an introduction to the Pentateuch, the critical issues associated with its interpretation, and exegesis of selected texts.

PREREQUSITES: Successful completion of BA1000Y and BN1000Y

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
Level 2:
1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical, literary and theological issues associated with the Pentateuch and its interpretation
2. discuss distinctive theological themes in the books of the Pentateuch
3. interpret passages from the books of the Pentateuch
4. make critical use of secondary sources, e.g., commentaries
Level 3:
1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical, literary and theological issues associated with the Pentateuch and its interpretation
2. discuss distinctive theological themes in the books of the Pentateuch
3. interpret passages from the books of the Pentateuch
4. make critical use of secondary sources, e.g., commentaries
5. apply exegetical analysis of texts and understanding of distinctive theological themes to specific issues in the study of the Pentateuch

ASSESSMENT
Level 2: 1500 word exegesis (35%); 3000 word essay (65%); Level 3: 2000 word exegesis (40%); 3000 word essay (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
Campbell, Antony F., and Mark A. O’Brien. Sources of the Pentateuch: Texts, Introductions, Annotations. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1993.

———. Rethinking the Pentateuch: Prolegomena to the Theology of Ancient Israel. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2005.

Dozeman, Thomas B., Konrad Schmid, and Baruch J. Schwartz, eds. The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.

———. Pentateuch: Introducing the Torah. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2017.

*Edelman Diana V., et al. Opening the Book of Moses. Bible World. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012.

McDermott, John. J. Reading the Pentateuch: A Historical Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.

Nicholson, Ernst W. The Pentateuch in the Twentieth Century: The Legacy of Julius Wellhausen. Oxford: Clarendon, 1998.

Rofé, Alexander. Introduction to the Composition of the Pentateuch. Biblical Seminar 58. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1999.

*Ska, Jean-Louis. Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2006.

Wenham, Gordon. Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch. Vol 1. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2003.

 

Lecturer: MARK O’BRIEN OP