Aims and objectives
To enable students to acquire a knowledge of certain specified ancient Near Eastern mythological and religious texts as well as more general knowledge of the religions and mythology of the ancient Near East.
(a) Students who have studied for this paper will have acquired a detailed knowledge of the specified texts and will be able to comment intelligently on short selected passages from them, as well as writing essays relating to them.
(b) In addition students will have obtained a more general knowledge of the religions and mythology of the ancient Near East.
(c) They will have reflected on the extent to which the Old Testament shows dependence on its ancient Near Eastern religious environment and the extent to which it reacts against it.
Lectures: 16 hours given in Hilary Term:
‘Religions and Mythologies of the Ancient Near East’
Number of Tutorials: 8
Assessment is by one 3 hour written examination requiring candidates to answer a compulsory ‘gobbet’ question (choosing three passages to comment on) and to write two essays.