Reception and Re-Use of Aut. Texts

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vaknaam Reception and Re-Use of Aut. Texts
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts
  • Skills in setting up research projects to examine the ways in which certain Jewish and Christian traditions deal with biblical data.
  • Skills in oral and written justifications of the results of individual research.
  • An understanding of the hows and whys of various interpretations of a given biblical text. Skills in applying these hermeneutic insights to other interpretations.
Omschrijving This module explores the reception history of the Bible and other authoritative texts. Major themes include the processes through which ancient stories and concepts were incorporated into scripture, as well as their interpretations in varying historical, political, and sociocultural conditions.
In the introductory sessions we reflect on basic questions regarding reception history. Then we look at the reception and interpretation of texts and traditions in a range of sources, especially in the Bible itself, and in early Jewish literature of the Second Temple period. Using specific examples drawn from themes (e.g. creation, the flood, eschatology) and figures (e.g. Abraham, Joseph) found in these sources, we compare interpretations of authoritative texts in these individual traditions. How have religious or political authorities used these authoritative texts? What challenges arise when a narrative found in one source is re-used in another source, or by another tradition? The sessions conclude with a general hermeneutical reflection on the reception of authoritative texts in ancient times, preparing students for critical engagement with the contemporary use of authoritative texts in religious or political circles. Assessment: Self-study, assignments, presentations, paper.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
Toetsvorm assignments
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) prof. dr. J.T.A.G.M. van Ruiten
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Literature will be announced later.
Opmerkingen Research master students, have a different course code:THRMRRATE5. For these students there will be formulated an extra assignment.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: mastermodules 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Religion and Cultural Heritage 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Religion and Pluralism, Ancient and Modern  (Ancient) 1 semester I b verplicht
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 2 semester I b keuzegroep