Challenging times produce challenging texts. This unit offers a thematic introduction to the book of Ezekiel, a prophetic book of the Babylonian Exile (597/587-539 BCE) that explores existential questions such as the meaning of exile, the perceived presence (or absence) of God and the emerging of hope from within the crisis. Special attention will be given to the book’s historical and socio-religious setting and to the experience of trauma pervading both author and historical audience. The approach of reading Ezekiel as trauma literature can shed light on some of the most challenging texts in this book. It also can help build bridges from these ancient texts into our own contemporary world.
illustrate the historical, political and religious contexts that influenced the book of Ezekiel
recognise and apply select contemporary methods of interpretation to texts within the book of Ezekiel, demonstrating some engagement with the text as well as with appropriate secondary literature
describe textual and theological difficulties in the texts discussed
reflect on the ongoing significance of the book of Ezekiel in an informed academic manner
engage in constructive, criteria-referenced peer-evaluation of tutorial presentations.
Pre-requisites: BA1000Y and BN1000Y, or equivalent
The unit follows a student-centred and outcomes-based approach. Learning activities include lectures, discussions, group work, personal study, seminars with student presentations and peer evaluation. Seminar presentations of Level 3/9 students are peer-evaluated in writing, using a grading form. Measuring the work of their peers against clear criteria is intended to develop students’ confidence in recognising, assessing and producing quality work in relation to academic standards, besides encouraging them to listen to, and learn from, each other. The evaluations are submitted to the teacher and marked according to how well they apply the criteria and how helpful their comments are. The poster/concept map is on the same topic as and in preparation of the exegetical essay, thus allowing for nested feedback.
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Poster or Concept Map
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 11 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-11 16:24:48 +1000