Details for The Pentateuch
At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: BIB210
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit The Pentateuch is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Applied Theology (Korean) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This course unit examines the literary and ideological themes and structures evident in the Pentateuch, with particular focus on the world it constructs and the influences it exerts on the remainder of the OT and modern culture
- Introduction to the formation, development and themes of the Pentateuch
- Exegesis of selected passages
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, tutorials, small group work, student presentation, dramatic reading, web-based interaction
Major essay (50%, 2500 words); Exegetical Essay (25%, 1250 words); Exam (25%, 1 hour)
Alexander, T.D, & Baker, D.W. (eds), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2003.
Clines, D.J.A., The Theme of the Pentateuch, SAP, 2nd edn, 1997
- Alexander, T.D. and Baker D.W (eds.). Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Downers Grove: IVP, 2003.
- Blenkinsopp, J.The Pentateuch.New York: Doubleday, 1992.
- Brenner, Athalya (eds.).A Feminist Companion to Genesis. Sheffield: SAP, 1993.
- Brueggemann, Walter.The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith. OBT, Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989.
- Childs, B.S.The Book of Exodus. OTL, Louisville: Westminster, 1974.
- Clines, D.J.A.The Theme of the Pentateuch. 2nd ed. Sheffield: SAP, 1997.
- Fishbane, M.Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
- Moberly, R.W.L.The Old Testament of the Old Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1992.
- Whybray, R.N.Introduction to the Pentateuch. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
- Whybray, R.N.The Making of the Pentateuch: A Methodological Study. JSOT Supp 53. Sheffield: SAP, 1999.