Old Testament - Particular questions

ltheo2412  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Old Testament - Particular questions
4.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
Main themes
In order to achieve this end,
- a group of Old Testament texts, selected for their methodological or theological interest, will be studied;
- particular attention will be paid to the method, in order to introduce the students to critical research in biblical exegesis or theology.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 offer a scientifically accurate comment of an Old Testament text, situating its particular contribution in the general topic of the course.
Theme of the course in 2022-2023 : Feminist exegesis of the Old Testament.
This course will provide an introduction to feminist exegesis by examining selected texts from the prophetic books (as that term is understood in Judaism, i.e. the Former and Later prophets). 
Teaching methods
The teaching method for this course is essentially an active pedagogy: it will involve:
  • to discover an exegetical method through presentations by the teacher and readings from publications that implement it, each time with a class discussion;
  • to implement this exegetical method by presenting an example of commentary on a text to the class.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment:
  • Reading summaries to be submitted on Moodle as the term progresses. [30% of final grade]
  • An in-class oral presentation at some point during the term, commenting on a passage from 1-2 Kings from the perspective of feminist exegesis. [70% of final grade]
These two types of assignments form a coherent whole aimed at achieving the learning outcome targeted by the course. On the one hand, the readings will allow students to become familiar with feminist exegesis by reading examples of publications written from this perspective. On the other hand, the oral presentation will be an opportunity to put this method into practice by commenting on a text from the First Testament.
In the Q3 session (September), the validation will take a different form: a written commentary on a passage from 1-2 Kings from the perspective of feminist exegesis will have to be submitted on Moodle.
Other information
Prerequisite : a course of introduction to the Old Testament.
M. Richelle, Interpreting Israel’s Scriptures: A Practical Guide to the Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2022), chapitre 14 (“Feminist and Gender Studies"), p. 319-345 (où l'on trouvera aussi une bibliographie détaillée).
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Theology

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Master [120] in Biblical Studies