SC 401 - Old Testament

Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures 10 hours; Private study 20 hours; Exam preparation 10 hours



Module Aims

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

Indicative syllabus (subject to change):

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 Genesis Creation Stories: Explaining the World

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 Prophetic Legacy (4): Second-Isaiah and the Figure of the Servant


  • Boadt, L., ed. R. J. Clifford and D. J. Harrington, Reading the Old Testament. 2nd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012.
  • Collins, J. J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
  • Coogan, Michael. The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.


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