This module will supplement other biblical modules by focusing on the Old Testament texts, particularly the theologically and spiritually influential texts of the Hebrew Bible.
A particular feature will be the focus on theological exegesis as an increasingly significant approach in contemporary biblical interpretation. This will include the history of interpretation of the text as well as the theological, liturgical and spiritual importance of the text in the life of the church. Major Christian treatments will be considered as well as representative modern critical scholars.
Throughout the course there will be a detailed study of representative texts in their various forms, with time for wider class discussion and theological reflection on human experience as explored within the Old Testament.
The student will therefore develop skills in theological reflection, contemporary hermeneutics and scholarly engagement with the Old Testament, and appropriation of ancient text as applied in contemporary experience.