TRS 2: Texts and Cultures of the Bible TRS2005

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This level two course will concentrate in detail on selected biblical texts and themes in relation to questions of culture, theology, politics and/or literature. The emphasis will be on detailed analysis of select themes/texts and on introducing students to key critical issues in Biblical Studies today. Normally, the course will be structured around genres and/or specific themes from the Old and New Testaments.

Timetable

4 x one hour sessions per week (lecture/seminar varied) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 11am over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A grade D3 or above in any Level 1 TRS option or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious studies.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

Coursework: one 2000 word essay (40%)

Either: one research journal of 500 words (10%)

Or: 30 minute Hebrew or Greek language class test (10%)

Examination: one 90 minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ conduct an in-depth study of select key texts and themes in the Old and New Testaments

■ increase their knowledge of key critical issues in Biblical Studies related to those texts and themes

■ explore contemporary critical issues in Biblical Studies (e.g. cultural, political, literary/interpretative and theological questions) in practise, by showing how they work in relation to particular themes and texts

■ acquire further skills in reading and interpreting selected texts in either Hebrew or Greek, for students taking the alternative language examination as part of their assessment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss key texts and themes in the Old and New Testaments

■ relate those texts and themes to literary, political, cultural and theological questions (as appropriate)

■ critically analyse secondary (critical) literature

■ develop reflective engagement with the critical literature through use of a research journal

■ translate and comment critically on a selection of the chosen texts in either Hebrew or Greek, for students taking the alternative language examination as part of their assessment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.