International Interdisciplinary Block-Seminar - "The Will of God: The importance of the Old Testament ethics for today?" - RET10425
Title: Old Testament Theology
Guaranteed by: Department of Old Testament Studies (27-SZ)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 3
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:18/0, C(+Ex) [HS]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr.
doc. Petr Sláma, Ph.D.
prof. Filip Čapek, Ph.D.
SS schedule   
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (27.03.2024)
One-time course taught in English in the form of an international block seminar -- three-day workshop of students & teachers of the universities Prague, Heidelberg and Zürich.
The seminar will take place on 7-9 May 2024 at the Tutzing Conference Centre in Bavaria (Evangelische Akademie Tutzing).
Subject/course: Old Testament Theology
Topic: "The Will of God. The Importance of the Old Testament Ethics for Today?"
It will be held with the active participation of Manfred Oeming (Heidelberg), Konrad Schmid (Zurich), Martin Prudky, Petr Sláma, Filip Čapek, Jan Rückl and Jan Zámečník (Prague).
Students are expected to make an active contribution.
All participants will study the required literature and prepare their presentation on one of the subtopics (30 minutes).
The moodle e-learning portal is used to prepare and communicate with all participants; more detailed information and materials (programme, timetable, etc.) are continuously published there.
Students can also use the consultation with the lecturers to prepare before the symposium.
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (11.04.2024)

Obligatory Reading:

  • John J. COLLINS, What are Biblical Values: What the Bible Say on Key Ethical Issues , New Haven: Yale University Press  2019.
  • John BARTON, Ethics in Ancient Israel , Oxford: Oxford University Press  2014.

Recommended Reading:

  • John BARTON, Ethics and the Old Testament, Harrisburg, Pa: Trinity Press International  1998.
  • John GOLDINGAY, Old Testament Theology: Israel's Life (Vol. 3) : IVP Academic  2009.
  • Eckart OTTO, "The Study of Law and Ethics in the Hebrerw Bible / Old Testament", in: SAEBO, Magne (ed.),  Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of Its Interpretation III. From Modernism to Post-Modernism. Part 2 , Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015,  594-621.
  • Eckart OTTO, Theologische Ethik des Alten Testaments (Theologische Wissenschaft 3,2), Stuttgart: Kohlhammer  1994.
  • Eckart OTTO, Biblische Wertethik (bookreview J. J. Collins, What are Biblical Values, New Haven 2019.

Orientation / Lexicons:

  • Art. Ethics HB/OT, in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Vol. 8: Essenes - Fideism (by Jacqueline E. Lapsley), Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2014, 97-100.
  • Art. Ethik (AT), in: WiBiLex - Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet, 2013, by Dorothea Erbele-Küster (online: ).

Recommended Reading in Czech:

  • Adam MACKERLE, Etické aspekty u předexilních Malých proroků, Praha: Krystal 2019, str. 5-47.