Content

Israel between 200 BCE and 70 CE was a complex society affected by the domination of empires past and present. Political, social, economic and religious aspects will be studied. People such as the Samaritans, Sadducees, Pharisees, the Dead Sea Sect (Essenes?), the Zealots, and the poor will feature, as will attitudes to women, the main Jewish festivals, modes of worship and their institutions. Sources, which include some Biblical and apocalyptic books, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the works of the Jewish historian Josephus, and of Philo the Jewish philosopher, will be explored. Together these illuminate the world of Jesus.

Unit Code: BS2501Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate familiarity with the political, social, economic and religious history of the people of Israel from c.200 BCE to c.70 CE

2.

Incorporate archaeological data where it is available and use it critically in conjunction with the literary evidence

3.

Exegete passages from the primary texts with the aid of commentaries

4.

Assign a piece of literature to a genre and be aware of the methodologies used to interpret various genres

5.

Identify the ways in which, and why, theological ideas about how to live in accordance with God’s wishes were diverse

Unit sequence

This unit examines the broader context of Jesus and the available sources, both literary and material, as well as scholarly views about these in lectures and tutorials. The student will, with the successful completion of the unit, have a better understanding of many features of the New Testament writings.

Pedagogy

Level 1 Biblical Studies required. This unit provides necessary background materials for New Testament Studies.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

1,000 word exegetical essay

25.0

1,000 word exegetical essay

25.0

2000 word essay

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 12:07:35 +1100