Introduction to the Old Testament II

The main objectives of this course are to supply an all-embracing introduction, presentation and summary of the content of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. This objective will be achieved through the employment of the various books of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible as primary sources. While the course takes a textual-based approach as regards to the accounts, history and literature of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, time will be allocated for questions and facts of theological, ethical and sociological nature. The goal is also to facilitate engagement with the most important scriptural facts, which at first sight cause difficulty to the modern and/or postmodern student/reader.

The specific objective of this course is to introduce the student into the Hungarian text and content of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible by means of summarising presentations, section by section and chapter by chapter. Topics to be tackled include the conquest and monarchic traditions, the message of the former prophets, the place and relevance of poetic and wisdom texts, and the exilic and post-exilic periods. The course homes in on the interpretative enterprise en ensemble, which subsumes comprehensive knowledge about the authors and historical background of the individual books of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible and its wider cultural milieu in the ancient Near East. Theological facets of these ancient works are also explored, shifting from the theoretical issues to the more practical matters of daily life and experience. This course does not presume any special degree of competence in terms of the content of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible on the part of the student. The student with erstwhile knowledge of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible will experience this course to be advantageous but those who lack such an acquaintance will not be at disadvantage.


Specific competences

By means of this course, the student will acquire a solid scriptural working knowledge of the historical books and poetic literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. More specifically the student will:
  • be able to relate the structure and content of the development of the canon of the historical and poetic books.
  • be educated on a medium level in the subject area of bibliology and textual history;
  • use extra-biblical texts in relation to the historical books and poetic literature;
  • recite verbatim the Bible verses specified on the Selected Bible Verses Sheet supplied by the lecturer at the beginning of the course from one of the Hungarian translations of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, which verses have been opted for on the basis of their relevance for Christian theology.

General competences

The student’s ability to work in a team will be improved, just as his/her oral or writing skills, respect and also development of professional thinking and ethics, proficiency to solve questions pertaining to the content of the Hungarian text of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The student will also gain some expertise in recognizing and respecting cultural and ethnic diversity present in the relevant ancient texts. It is hoped that the student will acquire a great deal of initiative spirit in terms of theological thinking and future homiletical practice, thus nurturing a constant openness in order to discover the minute details of the content of the Hungarian text of the Bible.

Total estimated time

Classroom study Course Seminar Practice
2 hours/week 2 0 0
28 hours/semester 28 0 0
Individual study Hours/sem
Total estimated time 124
Studying course notes and bibliography 60
Further documentation in libraries, electronic platforms, or on the field 28
Preparing essays, papers, or documentation 8
Personal tutoring 0
Total individual study 96


Attendance: The course relies significantly upon the material discussed in class. Therefore attendance is strongly endorsed to one’s success in the course. Reading: The student ought to read all the assigned readings for the class. If a student consistently appears to be unprepared the class participation grade will be adversely affected. The lecturer reserves the right to assign quizzes to those who obnoxiously refuse to prepare for upcoming classes. Cheating, plagiarizing, copying, etc. is not tolerated.



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