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BIBS315 Special Topic: Israel's Return from Exile

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: Israel's Return from Exile
Paper code BIBS315
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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 BIBS412 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
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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 2022

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