Reading Early Jewish and Christian Texts (THE3182)

StaffProfessor David Horrell - Convenor
Professor Morwenna Ludlow - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesAs determined by the choice of text, in consultation with module convenor.
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to enable students to engage in close reading of a specific text, either in English translation or in its original language (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, or Latin). These may be biblical, extra-biblical, or early Christian/patristic texts: choices concerning the text for study will be made in consultation with the module coordinator and a specialist supervisor. Classes will provide the context for discussion of issues of translation and/or interpretation; students will also be encouraged to attend relevant research seminars (e.g., in the Centre for Biblical Studies). The module will thus enable capable students to engage with current research in their chosen area, and to develop their own research skills. Students will produce a piece of written work as assessment that may include translation and commentary, literary, philological, and/or historical analysis, and engagement with contemporary scholarship.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Describe and analyse in detail the content of a specific early Jewish or Christian text.
  • 2. Demonstrate critical and informed understanding of the significance of this text, whether in English translation or in its original language.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Show the ability to analyse and interpret an ancient religious text with care and sensitivity to detail
  • 4. Demonstrate awareness of the critical issues entailed in reading such texts.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Attend carefully to the specific detail of a written text
  • 6. Describe, analyse, and interpret a text in an informed and appropriate way.
  • 7. Work independently, with guidance, in studying a set text and producing written work about it.

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to the selected text, and issues of genre, transmission, and interpretation.

  • Introduction to contemporary scholarship on this text and its associated field.

  • Work on close reading of the text, whether in translation or the original language.

  • Preparation of assignment, and work on draft, in consultation with supervisor.

  • Oral presentation about each project prior to final submission of  written work.


Students will also be encouraged to attend relevant research seminars (e.g., in the Centre for Biblical Studies), which will help locate their studies in a broader context of current research.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
91410

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Initial introduction to the module 1With module convenor
Small group work on set text5 (minimum)With assigned supervisor
Discussion of draft assignment1With assigned supervisor
Oral Presentation meeting1With supervisors and other students

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Submission of draft assignment5,000 words1-7Discussion with supervisor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay905,000 words1-7Essay plus coversheet
Oral presentation1010 minutes1-5Oral feedback plus comment sheet

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-9As appropriate.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Appropriate reading and resources will be determined by the choice of text, with the guidance of module convenor and supervisor.

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

17/02/12

Last revision date

01/03/12

Key words search

Bible, Patristics, Text, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic