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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Hebrew Scriptures: The Pentateuch
Module Code TP111
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brad Anderson
Semester 2: Brad Anderson
Autumn: Brad Anderson
Module TeachersBrad Anderson
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to help students reflect critically on key themes and issues related to the first five books of the Jewish Scriptures, the Pentateuch or Torah. In this module students develop knowledge of key issues related to the background and formation of the Torah, explore key themes and figures found within these books (Genesis-Deuteronomy), and analyse the reception, use and impact of these writings. In the course of this module students will also develop skills that will enable them to engage with these texts from a variety of perspectives and methodologies used in the academic study of the Bible. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the primary texts in a reflective and analytical manner as they progress through the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe how the Torah is used and understood in different religious traditions, notably Judaism and Christianity;
2. Communicate a critical understanding of historical issues related to the background and formation of the Pentateuch/Torah;
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of key themes and figures in the books of Genesis-Deuteronomy;
4. Identify and analyse how these texts have been used and taken up in commentary, culture and society;
5. Reflect critically on methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Online activity24No Description
Directed learning50No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Independent Study39.5No Description
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introductory Issues
Introduction to the Pentateuch Academic approaches to studying the Pentateuch: origins of the Torah Scripturalisation: the development of the Torah

Genesis - Deuteronomy
Genesis 1-2: the creation stories – themes and issues Genesis 3-11: ANE parallels The Ancestors – Genesis 12-50 Moses and the Exodus: Exodus 1-15 Israel’s Law Holiness, purity, and ritual: reading Leviticus Wilderness Wanderings Endings and Beginnings: Deuteronomy and Covenant

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityn/a10%n/a
Reflective journaln/a20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Anderson, Bradford A., and Paula Gooder: 2017, . An Introduction to the Study of the Pentateuch., Bloomsbury, London,
  • Alter, Robert.: 1981, The Art of Biblical Narrative, Basic Books, New York,
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph: 1992, The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible, Doubleday, New York,
  • Brettler, Marc Zvi.: 2007, How to Read the Jewish Bible., Oxford: Oxford University Press.,
  • Collins, John J.: 2004, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress,
  • Fretheim, Terence E.: 1996, The Pentateuch, _Abingdon,
  • Hayes, Christine.: 2012, Introduction to the Bible, New Haven: Yale,
  • Kaminsky, Joel S., and Joel N. Lohr.: 2011, The Torah: A Beginner's Guide., _Oneworld,
  • Stanley, Christopher: 2010, The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach, Fortress, Minneapolis,
  • Trible, Phylis.: 1984, Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives, Fortress, Minneapolis,
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