SC 401 - Old Testament

Module Level


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

Module aim: to introduce students to major figures, texts, and concepts of the Old Testament.

Indicative Syllabus:

  • 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


  • Barton, John, The Bible: The Basics. New York: Routledge, 2010. [Ebook]
  • Boadt, Lawrence, ed. R. J. Clifford and D. J. Harrington, Reading the Old Testament. 2nd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012. [221.61 BOA]
  • Brettler, Marc Zvi, How to Read the Jewish Bible. Oxford: OUP, 2007. [221.61 BRE]
  • Metzger, B. M., and M. D. Coogan, eds., The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. [Ebook]


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