This Unit will undertake a study of Wisdom Literature. Specific texts will be studied from historical, critical and literary perspectives. The unit studies two books from Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (Qoholeth), Daniel, Sirach, and Wisdom.
Unit code: BA9012Y
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Old Testament
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
demonstrate a critical understanding of the structure and composition of the chosen books
analyse and explain the significance of literary forms
identify distinctive theological themes that emerge
evaluate the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted
critically discuss the issue of the continuing relevance of wisdom literature
demonstrate advanced skills in critical biblical interpretation
Prerequisite: BA8000Y or equivalent and a second level Old Testament Unit.
Weekly class: Lecture, group work. Students engage with the biblical text in terms of its context and their own experience/context.
Estes, Daniel J. Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. Hunter, Alistair G. *Wisdom Literature. London: SCM, 2006.
Bartholomew, C.G. Ecclesiastes. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
Duncan, Julie A. Ecclesiastes. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2017.
Fox, Michael V. Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation. The JPS Bible Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2004.
Gordis, Robert. The Book of Job: Commentary, New Translation, and Special Studies. New York, NY: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1978.
Habel, Norman C. The Book of Job: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. London: SCM, 1985.
Whybray, Norman. Job. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.
Wolde, Ellen J. van, ed. Job’s God. Concilium. London: SCM Press, 2004.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 11 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000