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Understanding the Old Testament - OTS4802

Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To deal with hermeneutics, i.e. understanding the Bible and problems that pertains to understanding Scripture. It takes up the need to account for the author of the text, the audience for whom the text was intended and the reader of the text, focusing on the issue of historicity of the author, the text and the interpreter. The aim is to have the students realise that these three entities are all products of history, namely that once one realised that people and their products are historical data, the biblical text needs to be read in terms of its historical contexts and with historical awareness.