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BIBS224 Special Topic

This is a Distance paper taught as a one week intensive course in Dunedin, June 29- July 3, 2015, with assessment during the semester.
The Ten Commandments is one of the best known texts of the Hebrew Bible but what do they really command and how do these laws relate to the narrative of Moses and to the other stories and legal texts of the Torah?

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code BIBS224
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester (29 June 2015 - 7 November 2015)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBX 224
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturer: Dr Johanna Stiebert
Paper Structure
This paper examines closely the Ten Commandments and their literary and social setting. We will look at the social values and structures that are likely to have given rise to this text. Narrow focus on a significant text will be used as a lens to understand Torah more generally. The following topics will be covered:
  1. Torah: What is Torah? How apt are the translations ‘Instruction', ‘Law' and ‘Pentateuch'? What is the role and significance of Torah in Jewish and Christian traditions? How might Torah have been formed and compiled?
  2. Moses: How is Moses depicted in Torah?
  3. What are the features and purposes of legal writing
  4. The Problem with Genesis. How is Genesis related to the remainder of Torah?
  5. The First Commandment: What does Torah reflect concerning monotheism? The Second Commandment: What does it mean to say God is jealous?
  6. The Third Commandment: What is significant about the Name of God?
  7. The Fourth Commandment: Why is Sabbath so significant?
  8. The Fifth Commandment: Family relations as reflected in Torah
  9. The Sixth Commandment: The distinction between ‘to kill' and ‘to murder'
  10. The Seventh Commandment: Adultery in the Torah
  11. The Eighth Commandment: Stealing or Kidnapping?
  12. The Ninth Commandment: False testimony and the law court
  13. The Tenth Commandment: Coveting - property and social stability
  14. The Social World of the Ten Commandments
  15. The Ten Commandments Today
  16. Summary and Conclusions
Assessment: One 1,200 word essay worth 20%, and two 2,500 word essays worth 40% each
Textbooks
A Coursebook has been developed for this course.
Teaching Arrangements
This is a Distance paper taught as a one week intensive course in Dunedin, June 29- July 3, 2015, with assessment during the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning; critical thinking; cultural understanding; ethics. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this paper, students will be able to:
  • Identify and describe distinctive features of Torah
  • Understand the reasons for the internal literary diversity of Torah
  • Probe the social values and structures in the background of narrative and legal Torah texts
  • Evaluate the impact of the Ten Commandments in terms of Torah more widely, as well as their resonance in contemporary settings
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
Professor Paul Trebilco
Course outline
View BIBS224 intensive course outline

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Timetable

Second Semester (29 June 2015 - 7 November 2015)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Weeks: 27 Mon : 13:00-15:50
Tues, Wed, Thurs : 09:00-15:50
Fri : 09:00-12:50

An investigation of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, focusing on the theological themes, narrative and literary approaches, and historical issues.

This paper examines closely the Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts, including their literary and historical setting. We will look at the theological themes in these two books and examine the picture of Jesus that is presented, as well as the portrayal of the development of the early church from its Palestinian Jewish origins to the wider Roman Empire. Selected texts will be examined in depth, so as to analyse key interpretive issues and develop analytical skills in reading and interpreting New Testament literature.

Paper title Special Topic: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
Paper code BIBS224
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2016 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBX 224
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturer: Dr Don Moffat
Paper Structure
The following topics will be covered:
  1. Luke as author of Luke-Acts. A brief review of the relationship of the Gospel of Luke to the Synoptic Gospels. An examination of sources and the goals of the writer. Can Luke-Acts be treated seriously as an historical source
  2. What is Luke's understanding about Jesus? What does his portrayal of Jesus say about his audience, his view of discipleship, and his understanding of the mission of God? How is this picture of Jesus developed in the Book of Acts
  3. Analysis of the scope and content of Luke's language of salvation. The presentation of the message of salvation in Acts, particularly in the speeches by Peter and Paul
  4. The significance of the death of Jesus for the author of Luke-Acts. How is the death of Jesus presented and portrayed in Acts? The implications of the death of Jesus for Judaism in Stephen's speech
  5. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in Luke and Acts? The Spirit in the ministry of Jesus. The Spirit among the disciples and in the ministry of the church. The Spirit as initiator and superintendent of mission. The Spirit at work with Philip, Peter, and Paul
  6. The nature of the church in Luke-Acts. What is the church and how does it develop in the early years? How is the Church constituted? How does it function? What are the conditions of entry and belonging
  7. How is discipleship conceived in Luke-Acts? What are the marks of a Christian and what are the expectations/obligations of the Christian life? Jesus and Paul as models
  8. Eschatology in Luke-Acts. The understanding of salvation history and interpretation of the Old Testament in Luke-Acts. The implications of Jesus' death and resurrection for Luke's worldview and expectations of the future
  9. Detailed exegetical study of Luke 4. Luke's introduction to Jesus' ministry, and his rejection at Nazareth
  10. Detailed exegetical study of Luke 20. The political challenge and provocation of Jesus
  11. Detailed exegetical study of Acts 13. Paul the missionary and his preaching
  12. Detailed exegetical study of Acts 15. Leaders in the Church and the nature of Christian "conversion"
Assessment:
  • Essay (2200 words) 30%
  • Online discussion 10%
  • Exam (three hours) 60%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: There will be one 2-hour lecture each week.
Distance: There will be one teaching day and one 1-hour videoconference specifically for distance students. Distance students are also invited to join weekly videoconferences (Mon 1.00–2.50 pm). However, recordings will be available on Blackboard for students who cannot attend live.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this course. A Coursebook has been developed.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this paper, students will be able to:
  • Identify and describe distinctive themes of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts
  • Outline the distinctive theological features of the portrait of Jesus, the view of the Holy Spirit, and the understanding of the Church in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts
  • Identify the literary features of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts and the literary and narrative parallels between the two books
  • Evaluate the arguments presented for the sources of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus

Workshop

Weeks: 9-12,14-16,18-22 Mon : 13:00-14:50

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning

Workshop

Weeks: 10 Tues : 15:00-20:50