Ez a téma és kérdésfelvetés korántsem új keletű – egyébként mi az, ami még annak számíthat a mai teológiában? Az egyház- és teológiatörténet során, amióta az Ószövetség bekerült a képbe, sokan és sokféle módon keresték már a választ a fenti kérdésre, és ezek eredménye számtalan könyvben és tanulmányban áll előttünk.

Attempts to reconstruct the compositional history of the book of Isaiah confine themselves mainly to chapters 1-12 and 28-39, supposed to shroud the basic core of any early collection of Isaianic texts. Other investigations which verge on the group of prophecies concerning the nations in Isa 13-23 rarely delve into exegetical details to the extent that the reader of Isaiah would feel convinced to stand here on familiar grounds. Even others, overtly restricted to a small pericope inside Isa 13-23, often neglect the significance of this larger context.

The specific objective of this course is to introduce the student into the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible by means of summarising presentations, section by section and chapter by chapter. Topics to be tackled include the primeval and patriarchal periods, the exodus, the Sinai covenant, the desert wanderings. 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.


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