SC 401 The Old Testament: Moses, David, Isaiah, and Beyond

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Time Allowance

4 hours on campus lectures during the weekend residentials (divided between 2 weekends) 6 hours live on-line lectures on Wednesday evening, 6 hours of self-directed learning, Assignment – 15 hours, Private Study – 24 hours.



Module Aims

• The Abraham Story: Call, Covenant and Akedah

• The Moses Story 1: Call, Revelation of the Divine Name and Passover

• The Moses Story 2: Exodus, Decalogue and Covenant

• The David Story: Anointing, Covenant, Sin and Forgiveness

• The Prophetic Legacy 1: Amos and Justice

• The Prophetic Legacy 2: Isaiah and Hopes for the Davidic Line

• The Prophetic Legacy 3: Jeremiah and the Fall of Jerusalem

• The Genesis Creation Stories: Cosmos, Earth, and Humanity


  • Boadt, L, Reading the Old Testament, New York: Paulist, 1984, [220,61 BOA]
  • Coogan, Michael D., ed., The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version: with the Apocrypha: ecumenical study Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [Ebook]
  • Collins, JJ, A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998. [221.6 COL]
  • Metzger, B. M., and M. D. Coogan, eds., The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. [Ebook]
  • Brettler, Marc Zvi, How to Read the Jewish Bible. Oxford: OUP, 2007. [221.61 BRE]
  • Barton, John, The Bible: The Basics. New York: Routledge, 2010. [Ebook]