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DI4733   Creation and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module explores the dual themes of Creation and Chaos in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and related literature from the ancient Near East, and how, as root cosmological ideas, each informs the theological, political and literary worlds of the Near East. Our primary focus will be the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, but we will also look at the representation of Creation and Chaos in the literary giants from Mesopotamia (e.g. The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Enuma Elish), Egypt (e.g. The Hymn to Aten, The Memphite Theology), and the Levant (e.g. the Baal Cycle).

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 36

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

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

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr M Nevader
Module teaching staff: Dr M Nevader