5EG332 The Old Testament in Its Religious Context, 7.5 Credits
The Old Testament in Its Religious Context, 7.5 Credits
Biblical Studies, Old testament
Spring 2018/2019 Apr - Jun (w14-w23). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: EG332
Entry requirements
General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies. 60 ECTS credits in theology, including a minimum of 7,5 credits from Old testament Readings.
Education Level
First cycle
The Old testament har come into being in times of both harmony with and in polemic with other religions, divine images and religious perceptions. This has been the case from the ancient Canaanite religion of the 14th century BC up until the hellenistic time of the first century BC. This multitude av religious contexts constitutes therefore a major challenge in order to understand and appreciate the religious practice and theological construction that we find in the Old testament. This course offers an overview av this multitude with certain halts in texts that exemplifies similarities and differences, dependencies and rejections. The course has as its aim to provide an understanding of the religious multitude of the Old testament, as it has been worked out through centuries of connections between various religions.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• display enhanced knowledge concerning the ancient near eastern religions
• show ability to verbally and in writing clearly explain various presentations of relationships between the Old testament and its surrounding cultures and discuss the conclusions in a group
• show insight into various methods and theories that are used in academic studies of ancient written material, and source-critical evaluations in regard to material of religious nature
• show ability to identify and analyze basic problems regarding the use of extra-biblical texts in relation to the Old testament, as well as show insight into literary as well as theological consequences of such studies.
Snell,  Daniel  C.,  2011.  Religions  of  the  Ancient  Near  East.  New  York:  Cambridge  University  Press  (179  s).  
Matthews, Victor  Harold  &  Benjamin,  Don  C.,  2006.  Old  Testament  Parallels:  Laws  and  Stories  from  the  Ancient  Near  East.  3  uppl.  New  York:  Paulist  Press  (430  s).  
Stavrakopoulou,  F.  &  Barton,  John,  2010.  Religious  Diversity  in  Ancient  Israel  and  Judah.  Edinburgh:  T  &  T  Clark  (207  s).  
Artiklar,  ca  200  s.  
Åke Viberg
Exam Types
Take-home examination, Papers.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2015-12-15
Revised 2017-02-22