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CONT4105 – Old Testament Theology

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Course content

Despite the prominent place of Old Testament theology in higher theological education throughout Christianity, there is presently no consensus on how an Old Testament theology is best written. The aim of this course is to present and discuss various concepts of Old Testament theology – classical as well as post-classical ones. Also we shall study how different concepts of the discipline contributes to highlighting different kinds of theologically relevant materials in biblical Hebrew literature.

A note on instructional language: Teaching and course material will be in English, as is the course literature. The course is offered to international as well as Norwegian student, and there might be alternative course literature available in Norwegian, German, etc. Students may address the class in any language for which there is someone present that is able to translate into English!

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, students should have

  • obtained knowledge of theologically relevant material in the Old Testament
  • be familiar with various ways of interpreting this material theologically (i.e. of various models for OT Theology)
  • achieved an ability to make a critical evaluation both of models for OT theology and of theologically relevant material in the Old Testament.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Students are required to have completed basic courses in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible studies, so as to be familiar with the contents and background of this collections of books.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


This course is offered every autumn, and with English as instructional language.

Obligatory requirements:
Around mid term each student will complete and present to the professor one small essay (some 1000 words) on a theme from within the syllabus literature. The topic for the paper must be approved by the professor. Papers may be written in English or Norwegian.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A prepared 6-hour written exam with supervision. Two days before there will be handed out three possible assignments one of which will be given on the day of the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams may apply for participation in make-up exams. Make-up exams are arranged either later in the same semester or early in the semester following the exam in question. Documentation of valid reasons for absence from the regular exam must be submitted upon application to participate in make-up exams.

Students who have failed an exam may apply for a new exam held late in the same semester or early the next.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2008


Autumn 2008

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