Life and Death in Israel and Judah

Module titleLife and Death in Israel and Judah
Module codeTHE3173
Academic year2018/9
Credits30
Module staff

Jonathan Morgan (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

11

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module aims to explore ancient Israelite concepts of life, death and post-mortem existence; to examine their associated religious rituals within various socio-historical contexts; to assess and evaluate critically presentations of matters of life and death in the Hebrew Bible; to trace echoes of ancient beliefs and rituals within later concepts of life, death and post-mortem existence.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:

  • explore ancient Israelite concepts of life, death and post-mortem existence
  • examine their associated religious rituals within various socio-historical contexts
  • assess and evaluate critically presentations of matters of life and death in the Hebrew Bible
  • trace echoes of ancient beliefs and rituals within later concepts of life, death and post-mortem existence

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe and account for the main features of ancient Israelite beliefs and practices concerning life, death and post-mortem existence
  • 2. Demonstrate some knowledge of their broader Near Eastern cultural and religious contexts
  • 3. Examine and to elucidate key biblical texts
  • 4. Identify continuities and discontinuities between ancient Israelite beliefs and later concepts of life, death and post-mortem existence

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Compare and contrast biblical and non-biblical material
  • 6. Analyse critically biblical texts
  • 7. Engage with and analyse scholarly interpretations of biblical and non-biblical material
  • 8. Develop and support one's own scholarly opinions and interpretations
  • 9. Reflect upon the diversity and legacy of ancient world views

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Evaluate textual and non-textual evidence carefully
  • 11. Present arguments critically and clearly in oral and written forms
  • 12. Display independent, critical thinking
  • 13. Produce a sustained and critical written discussion
  • 14. Engage respectfully and sensitively with views and beliefs which may be contrary to one's own

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Life and living in ancient Israel
  • Death and burial: archaeological and biblical perspectives
  • Post-mortem existence: ancestor veneration and cults of the dead
  • Illness and healing
  • Fertility, childbirth and child sacrifice
  • Puberty and marriage
  • Exploring the nature of life
  • The rise of resurrection
  • Tracing echoes of Israelite beliefs and practices

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
332670

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching 33Lectures and seminars
Guided independent learning267Private study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft work on portfolio1-11Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio1006000 words1-11Written and oral feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-11Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • E. Bloch-Smith, Judahite Burial Practices and Beliefs About the Dead (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1992).
  • O. Boroswki, Daily Life in Biblical Times (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003).
  • P.J. King and L.E. Stager, Life in Biblical Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001).
  • M.A. Knibb, Life and Death in the Old Testament, in R.E. Clements (ed.), The World of Ancient Israel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 395-415.
  • C. McDannell and B. Lang, Heaven: A History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988).

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3029

Module has an active ELE page

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

17/08/2011

Last revision date

01/11/2018