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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module THEO53630: The Septuagint

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO53630: The Septuagint

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


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • 'Septuagint' is the term applied to a corpus of early translations of the Jewish scriptures into Greek written beginning from the second century BCE. This corpus still serves as the 'Old Testament' for the Greek Orthodox tradition. In addition it played a crucial role in the early development of both Christian and early Jewish ideas. Within biblical scholarship the Septuagint corpus has provided an important text-critical witness for early forms of the Hebrew scriptures.
  • The module is in two parts. First, it examines general issues in the study of the Septuagint, including origin, text criticism, language, and translation technique. In the second part of the module, these issues are explored with reference to a particular text: the apocryphal book of Tobit. This part of the course is intended to give students experience in text criticism and translation, as well as to foster a sensitivity toward theological and ideological issues that these issues represent.

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

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

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

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Exam Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Exam 3 hours 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Preparation of texts plus one 5,000 word essay

      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