Introduction to the Old Testament Studies - RETA1001
Title: SZP-Introduction to the Old Testament Studies
Guaranteed by: Department of Old Testament Studies (27-SZ)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
Points: 5
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, C [HT]
summer s.:2/0, C(+Ex) [HT]
Capacity: winter:unlimited / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr.
doc. Mgr. Jan Rückl, Ph.D.
doc. Petr Sláma, Ph.D.
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (02.10.2023)
A two-semester series of lectures aimed at providing (a) a factual knowledge of the biblical texts (the Old Testament including the deuterocanonical books), (b) a basic knowledge of the Bible, its forms and constituent parts (the books and groups of books), and their literary and factual characteristics, and (c) an understanding of the basic issues relating to biblical studies, especially how Scripture has been read, used, and interpreted in the Christian tradition.

The aim is for students to acquire a basic knowledge of the biblical material, an orientation in the biblical texts, their kinds and nature, and a knowledge of the Bible and the methodological approaches to studying it.
The course is arranged so as to roughly follow the order of the books in the Hebrew Bible (the Palestine Canon). In the winter semester the course covers a general introduction and the books of the Pentateuch (Torah), and in the summer semester the Former and Latter Prophets, the Writings (Ketuvim), the deuterocanonical books, and the most important pseudepigrapha.

The lectures assume ongoing preparation and independent work from students, especially reading the biblical texts (translated into the vernacular) and studying recommended literature.

Students have to pass a separate test at the end of each semester.

The final examination is part of the comprehensive examination before a commission at the end of the first year, which also covers the courses Introduction to New Testament Studies and Introduction to the Study of Theology.
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (02.10.2023)

BIBLE – The Holy Scripture containing the Old and New Testamens and Pseudepigrapha

ARNOLD, Bill T. Introduction to the Old Testament (Introduction to Religion), 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 436 p. ISBN 978-0521705479.
BARTON, John. The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1998. ISBN: 978-0-521-48144-9.
BARTON, John (ed.). The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion. Princeton / Oxford: Princeton University Press 2016. ISBN: 978-0-691-15471-8.
BRUEGGEMANN, Walter & LINAFELT, Tod. An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (2nd ed.), Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press 2012. ISBN: 978-0-664-23458-4.
COLLINS, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018 (3rd ed.). 376 p. ISBN 9781506445991.
COLLINS, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible , 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018. 622 s. ISBN 9781506445984.
GOLDINGAY, John. An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches and Issues, London: SPCK Publishing, 2016 (3rd ed.). 400 p. ISBN 9780281075355.
RENDTORFF, Rolf. The Old Testament. An introduction. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1991. 320 p. ISBN 9780800625443.
SCHMID, Konrad, The Old Testament: A Literary History, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012. ISBN : 978-0-8006-9775-4.

PRITCHARD, James B., The Harper Atlas of the Bible. Harper Collins, 1987. ISBN: 978-0061818837
KEEL, Othmar a Max B. KUCHLER. Herders groser Bibel Atlas. Basel: Herder, 1989, ISBN 3-451-21275-7.
RASMUSSEN, Carl G. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2010. 304 p. ISBN 978-0310270508.

Learning resources
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (02.10.2023)

Informations, texts and materials of this lecture are available in the e-learning system MOODLE:

Students can register this course using their students ID (login = ID number) and password/key, which is communicated during the first lesson.

Guests can visit the course and use the materials with the teachers permission.

Course completion requirements
Last update: prof. Martin Prudký, Dr. (02.10.2023)

In order to pass the course, students must pass a test at the end of each semester.
At the end of the first year of studies an examination takes place before a commission, in which students are examined jointly on their knowledge of the material covered in this course, together with the courses Introduction to New Testament Studies and Introduction to the Study of Theology.