Theology & Religious Studies BD/MA

Old Testament / Tanakh Texts with Hebrew TRS4072

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides the opportunity to study parts of the Bible in depth, reading closely and considering a variety of perspectives, including historical, literary, theological and ideological approaches. Some of these texts will be read in biblical Hebrew.


1x2hr seminar; 1x1hr language tutorial per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 


This is one of the Honours options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

TRS3003 Old Testament/Tanakh Texts 3

TRS4007 Old Testament/Tanakh Texts Honours

TRS3029 Old Testament/Tanakh Texts Non Honours

TRS4071 Old Testament/Tanakh Texts




Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes - 10%

Set translation exercise (750 words) - 10%


Examination (90 minutes duration) - 40%

OR: in place of the exam an additional 2500 word essay on a topic to be agreed with the convener, by an agreed date - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ engage in close reading of selected texts from different divisions of Tanakh, including some texts in biblical Hebrew;

■ relate biblical texts to a variety of religious and secular contexts;

■ become familiar with a range of theoretical interpretative approaches to texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ provide a rigorous analysis of the historical, cultural and literary character of specific texts from the Old Testament / Tanakh;

■ read and understand key primary and secondary texts and present a clearly argued analysis of the positions taken in these texts;

■ offer a critical and in-depth analysis of a variety of interpretive approaches to biblical texts;

■ reflect critically and comparatively about ideologies in biblical texts and in their afterlives;

■ present complex arguments in written and oral form;

■ translate and comment on relevant Hebrew texts.

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.