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TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament

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This module gives an overview of the biblical First Testament narrative and an introduction to current methods and issues in biblical studies. Selected books and themes will be introduced and set in their historical and literary contexts with attention to their potential application today.


TM102.5: Introduction to the First Testament

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What is this Module all about?

TM102.5 is a general Introduction to the First Testament for first year students. It gives an overview of the biblical First Testament narrative and an introduction to current methods and issues in biblical studies. Selected books and themes will be introduced and set in their historical and literary contexts with attention to their potential application today.The class is taught at University Level One. It is done in a broadly academic environment acknowledging the various methods of modern scholarship but with a view to understanding how this greater knowledge can enhance our devotional use of the bible. Click here for:

Useful resources for TM102.5


Books

The following are indicative books for this subject but your tutor will issue you with a class bibliography.: For more detailed bibliographies see our Sample book lists.
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TM102.5 First Testament Web Resources

You may find the following web sites helpful when studying the First Testament/ Hebrew Bible Material on the net has no quality control making tutors very wary - and rightly so! Nevertheless there is a growing amount of first class academic work on line particularly coming from Religious Studies Departments of good Universities. Treat with care and you'll find it very useful for essays.

The Internet is not 100% reliable and documents move, disappear and change their names. If you find a link does not work, try again in an hour, a day, or a week. But do feel free to email us to report a link doesn't work. Don't forget to tell us the name of the link!

Gateways to First Testament sites (Sites of links to academic works)

Old Testament Gateway
Set up by Australians Roy and Sue Nicholson to mirror Mark Goodacre's New Testament Gateway it looks set to be an excellent starting point for all FT studies.
iTanakh
Another excellent Gateway to academic sites relating to the Hebrew Bible for undergraduate to doctoral level by C Heard of Pepperdine University.
Rutger's Virtual Religion Index
Links to all matters relating to the First Testament most of a good academic standard. See also their Bible Page
Ralph Klein's OT Page
R Klein is a respected FT Professor and his site has his own work as well as links to other sites.
Yale University, USA
Links to a variety of electronic resources.

Introductions to the First Testament (General works on the FT)

Law and Former Prophets
The Australian Catholic University has put up some samples of their distance learning courses. This is a good overview course of the Genesis - Kings. See also The world and literature of the bible
Bible Tutor's Story Overview
An overview of the FT Story - giving you the story line. Set up by Luther Seminar there is even a learning module on the FT online.
Bandstra's Reading the Old Testament
A general introduction to the books of the First Testament.

Online Bibles and Commentaries (usually older versions of Bibles and Commentaries out of copyright but there is some web specific material)

Crosswire's Bible Tool
Crosswire together with the American Bible Society and SBL has set up this online Bible resource which has innumerable foreign language versions as well as the classic English texts including all Bible Society texts
CCEL Worldwide Study Bible
Gives links to bible versions and commentaries (again usually older and copyright free)for each book and chapter of the bible
Gospelcom's Bible Gateway
If you don't have your own bible search software this site lets you search and print for particular search words or verses in a variety of versions - also useful for comparing bible versions
Crosswalk's Bible Study Tools
Similar to the above, you can see various bibles, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries but also includes Hebrew and Greek.
Internet Christian Library
Articles and links to online bibles, commentaries, bible study materials and other christian books.
Birmingham's All in One Biblical Resources
Mark Goodacres's Birmingham University site includes among other things the ability to search a lot of bible sites i.e. bible versions for particular chapters and verses as well as key words.
Bible.org's commentaries and articles
Contains a growing set of online commentaries on the FT books by a variety of authors. Fairly conservative but engaging with academic subjects and the major scholars. Look around the home page for other useful articles.
McGill University
More biblical studies, bible, commentaries etc. lists
Maps of the Biblical World
The place to go for links to online maps - everything from the spread of Christianity to maps of Jerusalem.

Introductions to Biblical Criticism of the First Testament

First Testament Introduction
A detailed introduction to the FT written in the 1960s. Very historical critical and rather outdated but does give the history of FT scholarship up to the 60s (but a lot has changed since then!!!). Note that it is on an atheist website!
The Documentary Hypothesis EJDP
An easy to follow explanation of the Documentary Hypothesis and the differences between EJD and P.
Historical and Newer Criticism Explained
An easy to follow explanation of the different types of historical criticisms - source, form, redaction and more recent literary and post-modern criticisms from Goshen University. Less detailed than the explanations from Santa Clara below.
Another Explanation of the Biblical Criticisms
Another fairly easy to follow explanation of the different types of historical literary and post-modern criticisms from Santa Clara University. More detailed than the explanations at Goshen University above.

The History of Israel (Israel's history in the FT and Intertestamental periods)

The New Jerusalem Mosaic
A colourful trip through the history of Jerusalem by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: good fun and plenty of diagrams and pictures
Ancient History Source Book
Halsall's ambitious project to put his Fordham University Lecture Source Books on line. Colourful, clear with lots of links to relevant web material and some helpful books are listed. See also the Jewish Source Book for Jewish history and culture.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Orion Centre for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Scroll pictures, content and associated literature
More Dead Sea Scrolls
An exhibition of some of the scroll fragments. See especially the reconstructed non canonical psalm
R Klein's illustrated timelines
R Klein's comparative tables show the major events and rulers of Israel and its neighbors, from ca 2000 BCE to 135 CE. The section on Israel locates prophets and other biblical writings according to critical scholarship. Also noted are extra biblical documents that shed light on the history, culture, and religion of Israel and its neighbors. Scattered throughout the tables are thumbnail pictures of ancient artifacts.

The Ancient World More general works on the Ancient World in Biblical Times

Ancient Near Eastern resources and pictures
Many links to Ancient Near Eastern resources, photos and web sites, see e.g. Ancient documents from Mesopotamian, Hittite and Egyptian cultures or Chronologies of the Ancient Near East
Ancient History Sourcebook
A useful and comprehensive website by Paull Halsall.

Online Biblical Journals Bible Studies Journals that appear online

BSW Journal
A site aimed at encouraging biblical studies journals to go online. It gives links to those that are online such as Biblica and American Journal of Biblical Theology. Also has links to commentaries and other bible study tools.

Other Other Resources that I haven't a heading for

Biblical Studies.org
A site aimed at putting up bibliographies and out-of-print articles and books. The out-of-print publications are very concervative, the bibliographies are more eclectic.
And there are always the General Religion Links as a starting point.

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TM102.5 at Bristol

This module is taught at Bristol by Elizabeth Harper
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TM102.5 at Cheltenham

This module is taught at Cheltenham by Elizabeth Harper
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TM102.5 at Ludlow

This module is taught at Ludlow by Val and Graham Hamer
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The Student Spot

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Module Description for TM102.5


Code and title

TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper
Gloucester: Elizabeth Harper
Ludlow: Val and Graham Hamer

Brief description

This module gives an overview of the biblical First Testament narrative and an introduction to current methods and issues in biblical studies. Selected books and themes will be introduced and set in their historical and literary contexts with attention to their potential application today.

Level and Credits

Level I       7.5 credits

Status

Core for Certificate and Diploma

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

Nil

Recommended prior study*

Nil

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent. Some of the assignment options will engage the student in reflecting on the application of their study to contemporary Church situations.

Exceptionally, this assignment may be combined with that for assessment of the TM103.5 Introduction to New Testament unit provided that both tutors responsible are satisfied that the chosen subject will adequately test the student's grasp of both fields.

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