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BIBS315 Special Topic: Israels Return from Exile

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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 study of ancient texts dealing with modern issues: identity, colonialism, return migration, and religious authority. Focusing on Ezra-Nehemiah this paper examines the issues that gave birth to the Judaism of the New Testament.

Paper title Special Topic: Israels 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 (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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

Dr Don Moffat, Sir Paul Reeves' Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Paper Structure

Ezra-Nehemiah
Haggai, Zechariah & Temple reconstruction
Penitential prayer
Marriage, identity and religious authority
Return migration and Community identity (Chronicles)
Revelation and authority
Governors and High Priests
Malachi & Isaiah 56-66 community and leadership

Teaching Arrangements

The paper will be taught by videoconference to cater to on-campus and distance students.

Textbooks

Readings will be available through Blackboard

Course outline

View the latest course outline here

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Scholarship & Lifelong learning, critical thinking, research, communication, ethics, cultural understanding, team work, informational literacy
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • 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; and
  • Discuss and analyse a range of topics addressed by scholars in regard to the early second temple studies, including: 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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

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 study of ancient texts dealing with modern issues: identity, colonialism, return migration, and religious authority. Focusing on Ezra-Nehemiah this paper examines the issues that gave birth to the Judaism of the New Testament.

Paper title Special Topic: Israels Return from Exile
Paper code BIBS315
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 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

Dr Don Moffat, Sir Paul Reeves' Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Paper Structure

Ezra-Nehemiah
Haggai, Zechariah & Temple reconstruction
Penitential prayer
Marriage, identity and religious authority
Return migration and Community identity (Chronicles)
Revelation and authority
Governors and High Priests
Malachi & Isaiah 56-66 community and leadership

Teaching Arrangements

The paper will be taught by videoconference to cater to on-campus and distance students. A teaching day will be held in Dunedin and Auckland.

Textbooks

A Course book with readings will be available through Blackboard

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Scholarship & Lifelong learning, critical thinking, research, communication, ethics, cultural understanding, team work, informational literacy
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • 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; and
  • Discuss and analyse a range of topics addressed by scholars in regard to the early second temple studies, including: penitential prayer, return migration, community identity, the "myth of the empty land", and political and religious structure and authority .

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Timetable

Not offered in 2021

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