Exegesis of the Old and New Testament
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-THBA101
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Theologie;
prof. dr. C.L. Crouch
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. C.L. Crouch
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prof. dr. C.L. Crouch
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dr. M.P. Kochenash
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Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • study the Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Eastern Mediterranean contexts;
  • describe the formation of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament in their historical contexts;
  • interpret biblical texts with reference to their socio-cultural and theological contexts;
  • identify and apply modern scholarly approaches to the Bible.
The Bible is one of the most influential documents in world history, a foundational text for generations of theological thinkers as well as a key resource for ethical and moral reflection. It remains sacred to millions of Jews and Christians today and its influence continues to be felt on art, literature, music and theatre.

In this course you will explore the origins and ongoing legacy of the Hebrew Bible -- known as the Old Testament to Christians and the Tanakh to Jews -- as well as the New Testament. The course is an introduction to the Bible for the beginning student: although you might know a little about the Bible from church or from wider culture, the course does not expect you to have studied it in an academic setting. Here, you will learn about the ancient cultures that gave rise to these texts -- the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, then life under the empires of Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome -- and the way that they respond to social and historical crises such as migration, poverty, corrupt leaders, and imperial invasions. You will study a selection of key texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, such as Genesis, the prophetic book of Isaiah, and the Gospels, exploring different ways that scholars have interpreted these texts as well some of the ways that they have been used by theologians, politicians, and artists. At the end of each part of the course you will have the chance to dive deeply into a specific passage, using your new knowledge to make sense of a key text's historical, literary, and theological significance. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
Assignments during the course; final paper after period 1 (OT paper), final paper after period 2 (paper NT)
Required materials
• NBV Studiebijbel. De Nieuwe Bijbelvertaling met uitleg, achtergronden en illustraties (NBG/KBS). Heerenveen: uitgeverij Jongbloed 2008. • Other compulsory literature will be made available digitally on Brightspace.
Bart Ehrman, The New Testament (Oxford: OUP, 2020)
Title:The New Testament
Author:Bart Ehrman
Publisher:Oxford University Press

Instructional modes
Lecture and seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Preparation of meetings
Written assignments

Written task
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2