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DI4732   King and Messiah in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This module explores the institution of monarchy in the ancient Near East, the various presentations of kingship in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the rise of Messianism in late Second Temple Judaism. Our primarily focus will the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, but we will also look outward to explore the figure of the ideal king as represented in texts from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Persia, as well as looking forward to the changes that take place in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and the possible influences from Hellenistic culture. The module will also bring in observations and theoretical frameworks from political theology and philosophy to engage with the unique position taken in the Hebrew Bible with regard to human and divine sovereignty.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass DI2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks) , 2-hour seminar (x 10 weeks) and one-to-one supervision

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Take Home Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M Nevader
Module teaching staff: Dr M Nevader, Dr T Lang