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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/05/2022 11:30:21

Title of Module: OT Theological Exegesis L9

Code: THEO09015 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:P  de Jong

Summary of Module

This module will supplement other biblical modules by focusing on the Old Testament texts, particularly the theologically and spiritually influential texts of the Hebrew Bible. A particular feature will be the focus on theological exegesis as an increasingly significant approach in contemporary hermeneutics. This will include the history of interpretation of the text as well as the theological, liturgical and spiritual importance of the text in the life of the church. Major Christian treatments will be considered as well as representative modern critical scholars.

The course will include detailed study of representative texts in their various forms, a brief survey of modern critical scholarship of the Old Testament, history of interpretation, general synthetic studies of theological themes. With time for wider class discussion and theological reflection on human experience as explored within the Old Testament.

The student will therefore develop skills in theological reflection, contemporary hermeneutics and scholarly engagement with the Old Testament, and appropriation of ancient text as applied in contemporary experience.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the text and major theological themes of the Old Testament, with detailed study of some representative texts and demonstrate awareness of historical critical issues.

L2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of interpretation of set texts and principal hermeneutical theories within the life of Israel, and later the Christian Church, and demonstrate specialist knowledge of the exegetical tradition in modern Old Testament study.

L3. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of the theological contents of the Old Testament, evidencing competence in the theological appropriation of the text within the Christian tradition.

L4. Demonstrate competence and confidence in class presentation of Old Testament exegesis, evidencing some capacity for theological reflection on human experience and spirituality as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Exegesis of biblical text at an advanced level and in relation to a specialist text, using contemporary hermeneutical methodologies.

Historical understanding of the formative significance of a sacred text in the life of a religious tradition.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Theological reflection on human experience as expressed in a number of sacred texts.

Ability to utilise exegetical material in contexts of Christian ministry.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Effective and discerning use of secondary literature such as commentaries, scholarly articles and monographs, in explicating the Old Testament as a primary text.

Ability to identify, develop and discuss relevant theological, textual and historical questions as they arise in class and group study.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Competence and confidence in developing and presenting conclusions from personal research, within a class and VLE Blackboard context.

Use of library and Internet resources for specific, narrowly focused research tasks related to detailed textual study.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Facility in enabling and participating in scholarly discussions in peer student seminars.

Ability to work in a directed learning context and produce quality work for later discussion in the class group context.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity40
Independent Study124
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Barton, J., The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge: CUP, 1998)

Birch, B.,, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005).

Brueggemann, W., Theology of the Old Testament (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997)

Brueggemann, W., Genesis in Interpretation Series (Louisville, John Knox, 1982).

Brueggemann, W., Isaiah vols 1 and 2 (Louisville, John Knox, 1998).

Brueggemann, W. An Introduction to the Old Testament (Louisville: John Knox, 2003)

Fowl, S (ed)., The Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Massachusetts & Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)

Goldingay, J. Approaches to Old Testament Interpretation (Leicester: Apollos, 1990)

Jasper, D., A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics (Louisville: John Knox, 2004).

Stuart, D., Old Testament Exegesis, (Louisville: John Knox, 2001).

Waltke, B., Genesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr Lina Toth
External ExaminerH Paynter
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Portfolio 50%
Assignment: Workbook 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck mark 500
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.
Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, when they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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