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DR2047: HISTORY AND RELIGION OF ANCIENT ISRAEL (2017-2018)

Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 14:52


Course Overview

This course discusses the issues involved in reconstructing the history and religions of ancient Israel and Judah. It provides an overview of the history and religions of Ancient Israel and Judah, as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, as illustrated by archaeological findings, and as understood within their larger Ancient Near Eastern context. It further teaches the students how to evaluate critically these portrayals and, as a result, how to reach independent and informed interpretations of the Biblical text.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR2063 History and Religion of Ancient Israel (Distance) (Studied)
  • DR2547 History and Religion of Ancient Israel (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course discusses the issues involved in reconstructing the history and religions of ancient Israel and Judah. It provides an overview of the history and religions of Ancient Israel and Judah, as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, as illustrated by archaeological findings, and as understood within their larger Ancient Near Eastern context. It further teaches the students how to evaluate critically these portrayals and, as a result, how to reach independent and informed interpretations of the Biblical text.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Divinity (with Honours)

Contact Teaching Time

27 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt:

1 two-hour written examination (50%)

1 essay (2000-3000 words, 25%)

1 web-based mid-term examination, using MyAberdeen (25%).

Resit:
 
1 two-hour written examination (100%).
 
A student will not be eligible to take the resit unless s/he has fulfilled all the requirements for internal assessment (essay + midterm examination).
Late submission of essay: 1 point will be reduced every two working days.

Formative Assessment

The material covered in the tutorial will serve as a deepening of select material covered in the lectures. It will provide a forum for the exchange of intellectual ideas related to specific key ideas in the Hebrew Bible. It will provide the students with the opportunity to voice their own evaluation of read and taught material and it will enhance their skills of independent reasoning.

Feedback

The discussions during the tutorials will be a place for the students to receive oral feedback both from the course-coordinator and from their fellow students.

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