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BBCL3602: Job, Proverbs and Other Biblical Wisdom

The Books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs form the bulk of wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible. In this unit students will apply advanced methods in analysis of biblical texts (literary, thematic, linguistic, and text critical) in order to understand the nature of Biblical wisdom literature on all levels. This will include examining these texts within the context of other wisdom literature both within the Hebrew Bible, such as wisdom psalms and in Deuterocanonical texts, such as Sirach.

Code BBCL3602
Academic unit Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Credit points 6
BBCL2603 or BBCL2607 or BBCL2609 or BBCL2610 or BBCL3601 or HBRW2623 or HBRW2625 or HBRW2632 or HBRW3601 or HBRW3602

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse the Biblical wisdom books on a literary and thematic level
  • LO2. Compare the books to one another according to themes and approaches
  • LO3. Differentiate between the various types and styles of wisdom literature
  • LO4. Discuss questions of defining a literary genre
  • LO5. Define and trace philosophical and theological matters in the texts
  • LO6. Conduct guided independent research into key questions relating to the themes, style and structure of the wisdom books

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