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BIBS315 Special Topic

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code BIBS315
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
Restriction
BIBX 315
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
theology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised
Textbooks
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

To be advised

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Timetable

Not offered in 2019

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

Historical and ideological context of early Judaism, critical analysis of Ezra-Nehemiah and other second temple texts, the transition from prophetic to textual authority, temple, prayer, identity, colonialism, return migration.

The paper will concentrate on the biblical books of Ezra-Nehemiah but will also draw on Chronicles, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Daniel and Trito-Isaiah to explore the issues raised by the return migration of Israelite exiles to Persian Yehud. In particular, the focus will fall on the religious and cultural changes that led to the emergence of Judaism.

Paper title Special Topic: Israel’s Return from Exile
Paper code BIBS315
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level BIBS paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited with BIBS 412 when taken with the same content.
Contact
theology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Don Moffat

Paper Structure

The paper will concentrate on the biblical books of Ezra-Nehemiah but will also draw on Chronicles, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Daniel and Trito-Isaiah to explore the issues raised by the return migration of Israelite exiles to Persian Yehud. In particular, the focus will fall on the religious and cultural changes that led to the emergence of Judaism.

  1. Historical context, Ezra Literature (1 Esdras, 2 Esdras)
  2. Teaching Day
  • Nature of Ezra-Nehemiah & issues of historical reconstruction
  • Ezra 1-6 & Temple reconstruction (Haggai & Zechariah)
  1. Ezra 7-8 & Ezra in history and literature
  2. Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, Daniel 9 & Penitential Prayer
  3. Ezra 9-10, Marriage, Identity and Religious authority
  4. Ezra 2, Nehemiah 7, Chronicles 1-9 & Return migration, Community Identity and definition.
  5. Nehemiah 8, Transitions in revelation and authority
  6. Nehemiah 1-11, Nehemiah in history and literature
  7. Yehud’s Political status, Governors and High Priests
  8. Nehemiah 12 Change and Challenge
  9. Assignment Presentations & Malachi, Isaiah 55-66, Change and Controversy
  10. Assignment Presentations, course wrap up

Assessment

BIBS 315

  1. Critical review of a reading (1000 words) 10%
  2. Exegetical Essay (2500 words) 40%
  3. Examination (2 hrs) 50%
Textbooks
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and assess the challenges Israel’s return from Babylon presented and the resultant evolution of Judaism as a religious and cultural expression.
  • Exegete biblical texts using critical skills and assess them as literary texts and historical records by drawing on appropriate disciplines.
  • Discuss and analyse a range of topics addressed by scholars in regard to the early second temple studies: penitential prayer, return migration, community identity, the “myth of the empty land”, and political and religious structure and authority.

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard