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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module THEO53230: Advanced Hebrew Texts

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO53230: Advanced Hebrew Texts

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • This module is designed to develop and increase the technical skills required for independent research on the Old Testament at an advanced level. Special attention is directed towards equipping candidates with the linguistic expertise, knowledge of textual and literary criticism, and insight into exegetical issues necessary for in-depth analysis of ancient Hebrew literature. Candidates will have the opportunity to study post-biblical works in the original Hebrew (including texts from the Dead Sea caves and Rabbinic writings) along with Old Testament texts.


Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Texts offered for study in this module are chosen with an eye to encouraging the student to work independently, and to bring to the regular seminars such insights as he or she may have gathered in the course of private study. The seminars also give opportunities for full discussion of problems in the text, whether literary, textual, or exegetical. Where the student feels that help is required with the translation of particularly difficult passages, such help is available either in seminars or in one-to-one tutorials specially arranged for the purpose. The teaching of this module is therefore flexible, and can often be tailored to suit the needs of individual students and their interests. For example, those with an interest in archaeology might elect to study in detail a Hebrew text offering scope for exegesis in the light of archaeological research

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Preparation and Reading
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Exegeticla essay, 5000 words.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University