This subject covers Old Testament short stories and poetry. It provides an opportunity to study narrative (Ruth and Esther) as well as a variety of poetic texts such as the love poetry of Song of Songs and the despair and hope of the book of Lamentations. We do not cover Ecclesiastes as it is dealt with in the wisdom unit. The books covered have a special interest in women.
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|Workload||One semester, 12 credit points|
|Prerequisites||OT001 and OT002|
The subject includes a thorough overview of Esther, as well as detailed exegesis of the English text of Ruth, Song of Songs and Lamentations 1, 3 and 5. Theological, thematic and hermeneutical issues which arise from these books are also covered, mainly in seminars.
This subject will include attendance at class, reading preparation for seminars, wider reading, and the preparation and writing of assignments. This is an advanced Old Testament subject and there will be no examination, but a number of assessment pieces throughout the semester (usually one thematic essay and two exegetical essays). Allow 10 hours study time per week for this advanced subject.