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Old Testament Tests I: Jeremiah
The Revd Dr Jim West

Course Description
The course will begin with a detailed survey of the book of Jeremiah and his contribution to the development of Israelite Monotheism and ethics. This will be accompanied by an analysis of particular texts in the book of Jeremiah in the light of their historical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on reading Jeremiah and exegeting the book as thoroughly as possible. Students will interact critically with issues that arise from how this information is interpreted and contextualized.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Ancient Near Eastern and Old Testament traditions found in the book of Jeremiah, in their historical contexts and the tensions that arose between state religions, populist reformers and prophetic idealists;
  • Discuss and evaluate critically the book of Jeremiah’s select socio-historical and literary issues, contextual hermeneutics, and questions of significance and relevance for biblical interpretation;
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in Old Testament critical method and biblical exegesis;
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the selection and critical application of primary and secondary sources relevant to the book of Jeremiah and communicate it in an organized and coherent manner;
  • Demonstrate independent research and writing skills.