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Course module: U20037-B-6
Old Testament: Tora and Prophets
Course info
Course moduleU20037-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Biblical Sciences/Church History; Biblical Science and Church History;
Is part of
B Theology
M Theology
PM Theology
PM Academic Teacher in Religion and Philosophy of Life
dr. P.L. Barter
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.L.H.M. van Wieringen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 01/12/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020

In the course 'Bible', you have obtained your first tools for reading biblical texts, as well as initial knowledge concerning biblical issues. In this course, we will make the definitive step to reading texts.
After this and the other bachelor course Old Testament (Psalms), you should be able to make an exegesis of a bible pericope yourself.
Furthermore, you should be able to understand the pericope within the framework of the bible book from which the pericope is derived, as well as within the framework of its (biblical) theological context and its historical background.

Required Prerequisites

Bible (BA jaar 1) and Hebrew 1 and 2 (3)

The course consists of reading concrete texts from the Torah and the Prophets, the first two sections of the Tenakh.
You will learn various approaches in practice: textual criticism (the meaning of the main elements of the text-critical apparatus), the importance of syntax and grammar (with special attention to the Hebrew verbal system), several semantic techniques (such as word repetitions, synonyms, and isotopical relations), forms of intertextuality, communication analysis (with special attention to the implied reader), and domain analysis.
From the section of the Torah, we will read two narratives, viz. Genesis 28:10-22 (Jacob's dream in Bet-El) and Exodus 32 (the gold calf), and one law text, viz. Exodus 22:18-27. From the section of the Prophets, we will study Isaiah 7:1-17 (the Immanu-El prophecy).
Furthermore, you will expand your fundamental knowledge concerning biblical issues. Both historical insight and theological understanding will be dealt with.
Concerning the section of the Torah, you will have to write a paper on Genesis 11:1-9 (the tower of Babel) in quadrimester C and, concerning the department of the Prophets, a paper on Isaiah 35 (the flowering steppe) with an oral examination in quadrimester D. You will also have to make a book summary of number 2 of the compulsary literature with an oral examination in quadrimestrer D
Together with the course 'Church and Sacrament' this course forms the bachelor thesis.

Type of instructions

Seminar (you should be present)

Type of exams

40% paper 1, 40% paper 2, 20% abstract

Compulsory Reading
  1. K. Elliger - W. Rudolph (eds.), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart, 1966-1977.
  2. K.L. Noll, Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction (The Biblical Seminar 83), Sheffield Academic Press, London, 2001.
  3. A.L.H.M. van Wieringen, The Implied Reader in Isaiah 6-12, Brill, Leiden, 1998. Pp. 1-26.
  4. Teksten van Houtman over het Bondsboek, Wagenaar over Casuïstisch en apodictisch recht en Smelik over de ostracon-klacht uit Javne Jam.
  5. H.W.M. van Grol, Bet benija, een korte syntaxis van het Bijbels Hebreeuws. / A short syntax of Biblical Hebrew.

Recommended Reading
  1. J. Fokkelman, Vertelkunst in de Bijbel: Een handleiding bij literair lezen, Meinema, Zoetermeer, 1995.
Contact person
dr. P.L. Barter
Timetable information
Old Testament: Tora and Prophets
Required materials
Recommended materials
Assignment (exegesis) (50%)

Final Result

Oral exam (based on written work) (50%)

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