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					Old Testament
(offered by the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) Telephone number 012 429 4711/4495

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Introduction

Student can enrol for the subject Old Testament as a major in a BA degree. The modules offered in this subject overlap with the modules of Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Studies. To be frank the subject consists primarily of modules from these subjects. However, Old Testament is a good balance between Biblical Studies and Biblical Archaeology and people who are interested in ancient Israel, its history, environment, and the religious literature which were created by them, should study the subject.

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Previous modules codes SCR111X (discontinued) SCR112Y (discontinued) SCR3026 (discontinued) SCR307C (discontinued) SCR309E (discontinued) BBS304N (discontinued) BBA3059 CGM301S (discontinued) CGM303U CGM306X (discontinued) BBS303M BBS103F BBA101U BBS305P BBA3024 BBS309T BBS303M (2009 only) OTS1501 OTS1502 OTS2601 OTS2602 OTS2603 OTS2604 (from 2010) BBS307R BBA3048 BBA3059 OTS3701 OTS3702 OTS3730 OTS3704 (from 2010) OTS3705 (from 2010) CGM3702 OTS3703 Modules offered from 2009

Transitional arrangements

Students who have not passed the requisite number of modules required to complete a major in Old Testament, are required to take the requisite modules according to the diagram set out below. Module already passed in the previous Old Testament curriculum Module that may not be taken in new curriculum Modules required in order to complete each level of the major for Old Testament

Level 5 SCR111X SCR112Y BBS103F BBA101U OTS1501 OTS1502 Any two modules passed carry the necessary credits towards Old Testament level 5. If the requisite number of modules has not been passed at this level, then either OTS1501 or OTS1502 must be taken. Level 6

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Module already passed in the previous Old Testament curriculum SCR3026 SCR307C SCR309E BBS304N BBA3059 CGM301S CGM303U CGM306X

Module that may not be taken in new curriculum

Modules required in order to complete each level of the major for Old Testament The first three SCR300, BBA300 or BBS300 modules offered by the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies passed, will carry credits towards level 6 (with the exception of BBS303M); remaining modules passed will carry credits towards level 7; otherwise, any or all three of the following: OTS2601/ OTS2602, OTS2603/ OTS2604 (from 2010)

OTS3703

CGM3702

Level 7 SCR3026 SCR307C SCR309E BBS303M BBS304N BBA3059 CGM301S CGM303U CGM306X CGM3702 OTS3703 Any five modules/ courses passed of SCR300, BBS300 or BBA300 carry credits towards completing the major in Old Testament; outstanding credits at level 7 can be made up from any of the following: OTS3701/ OTS3702, OTS3703/ CGM3702/ BBS303M (2009 only). Take note that OTS3704 and OTS3705 will only be offered from 2010.

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Old Testament as major subject
Compulsory modules for a major subject combination

First level: OTS1501, OTS1502 Second level: Any THREE of the following: OTS2601, OTS2602, OTS2603, OTS2604 (from 2010) Third level: Any FIVE of the following: BBS303M (2009 only) OTS3701, OTS3702, OTS3703, CGM3702, OTS3704 (from 2010), OTS3705 (from 2010)

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FIRST-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 5)

Syllabus

OTS1501 Introduction to ancient Israelite literature (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to the history and literature of ancient Israel; get a sense of the flow of ancient Israelite history; facilitate competence in the use of the literature in contemporary meaning making, and interpret the Old Testament competently. OTS1502 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable students to understand the history of the subject of Biblical Archaeology; understand and use the basic excavation techniques; know the geography of Palestine and a selection of major discoveries made in the biblical world.

SECOND-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 6)
OTS2601 The Bible, creation and ecology (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to biblical creation narratives and creation theology and provide them with an elementary background to ecology. Certain implications of these fields of study are explored and these will enable students to critically participate in current debates on the relationship between science and faith and to contribute to discourses concerning ecological issues. OTS2602 From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel (S1 and S2) Purpose: to gain knowledge of the occupation history, excavation history, and Bible-related history of eight well-known biblical cities.

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OTS2603 Life orientation: Biblical perspectives (S1 and S2) Purpose: to assist students in gaining knowledge and honing skills that will enable them to use the Bible meaningfully in the process of life orientation. It is aimed at students’ personal lives, and at situations in schools in which they act as facilitators of the learning area called ‘Life Orientation’. OTS2604 The Bible and the eradication of poverty (S1 and S2) (from 2010) Purpose: to enable students to make a contribution to the eradication of poverty through a better understanding of people’s experiences of poverty in the present-day world and in ancient Israelite societies, as well as by studying various biblical perspectives on poverty.

THIRD-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 7)
BBS303M The ethics of Bible reading (S1 and S2) (2009 only) Purpose: to make students aware of the factors that influence their reading of the Bible (illustrated by a selection of texts) by dealing with the ethics behind hermeneutical options (faith commitments, frameworks of understanding, generation of knowledge) within specific cultural contexts (African, Western, oral, literate). OTS3701 Politics, power and prophecy in Ancient Israel (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable students to view the politics of ancient Israel holistically, and to gain an understanding of the role of the prophets in issues such as the use of power and social justice. This module will be useful to people who are interested in religion, politics, the Bible (in particular the Old Testament), spirituality and the church. OTS3702 Excavating a biblical city (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable students to understand how archaeological excavations create knowledge of ancient societies. They will be able to read and interpret archaeological reports on the excavations of a specific city from the Old Testament world. Moreover, they will be able to interpret various archaeological finds in terms of the historical period (e.g. the Middle or Late Bronze Age, phases of the Iron Age, the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Periods) in which it was manufactured or from which it originated. OTS3703 The Bible and African cultures (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable learners to explore an intercultural interpretation of the Bible by discovering parallels between the cultural world of the Bible and African and Western manners and customs. OTS3704 The Bible and sexuality (S1 and S2) (from 2010) Purpose: to enable students to understand current discourses about sexuality and sexual relationships and to compare these with discourses, experiences and practices which existed in ancient Israel; to interpret various Old Testament texts in order to gain an understanding of how the ancient Israelites viewed sexuality and how this influenced their discourses, relationships and practices. Qualified students can interpret selected Old Testament passages dealing with sexual practices and experiences and relate these to contemporary discussions about sexuality, sexual relationships and practices. OTS3705 Understanding the Old Testament through archaeology (S1 and S2) (from 2010) Purpose: to enable students to relate archaeological and historical geographical information to the Old Testament. This module will be useful to people who are interested in the historical background of the Bible. CGM3702 From text to sermon: Reading and creating religious texts (S1 and S2) Purpose:to enable students to create new religious texts that are appropriate to contemporary contexts, by learning to do thorough exegesis of biblical texts, in which they display the skills of analysing their own context as well as the historical contexts of biblical narratives.

HONOURS LEVEL (NQF LEVEL 8)
Students who wish to proceed to advanced study of either Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, or New Testament and Early Christian Studies, may elect to enroll for the honours degree in Biblical Studies (Old Testament; New Testament; or Combined/General), or Biblical Archaeology. Students may also enrol for the Comprehensive Honours B.Th. See chapter 18 of yearbook 5, College of Human Sciences for the various possible configurations.

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