Wisdom & Worship Traditions THL209

Wisdom & Worship Traditions THL209

Wisdom & Worship Traditions THL209 ( Bachelor of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College Sydney in 2018 Session 2.

This subject explores Israelite texts that reflect on living well and justly with one another (wisdom) and before God (worship) through life’s varied circumstances. The interconnections between creation, human experience and language about God within Israel’s varied wisdom and worship traditions are critically evaluated. Key texts examined include Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon, focusing on their respective literary features, socio-cultural contexts and diverse philosophical, religious and moral perspectives.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret biblical wisdom texts in an informed and responsible way
  • be able to interpret texts reflecting practices of Israelite worship in an informed and responsible way
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure and central themes of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon
  • be able to demonstrate developing exegetical and interpretive skills in dealing with wisdom and worship texts, including distinctive features of Hebrew poetry
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the rich theological and experiential perspectives within wisdom and worship texts
  • be able to analyse critically human experience and language about God as reflected in wisdom and worship literature
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:

  • The nature and central features of Israelite wisdom literature
  • The place and practices of worship in the Hebrew Bible
  • Prominent literary forms in wisdom and worship texts
  • The structure, core themes and contexts of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon
  • The exegesis and interpretation of wisdom and worship texts
  • The relationship between human experience and language to and about God
  • The multiplicity of theological and experiential perspectives within wisdom and worship traditions

Please note that residential requirement is ONLY necessary if you study the subject as a distance student.