Universität Wien FIND

010126 VO Basic Course Fundamental Theology II (Text and Tradition) (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie

Die Vorlesung behandelt den Themenbereich von Schrift als einer entscheidenden Form der Selbstkonstitution von Glaubensgemeinschaften, nimmt einen theologischen Standpunkt ein und hat dabei im Zentrum die biblischen Glaubensgemeinschaften jüdischer und christlicher Tradition. Daher ergibt sich auch die Frage nach der Bedeutung von Traditionen von selbst, ebenso die Frage nach deren Wirkungen und Wirksamkeiten, die sich mitunter deutlich über den eigenen Bereich hinaus erstrecken.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The lecture will be held as a face-to-face lecture with digital synchronous recording in lecture hall 1 and will be digitally recorded. The recordings as well as the written summaries of the units will be available on Moodle until the end of the examination period of this lecture (end of winter semester 2022/23).
UPDATE 11/18/2021: Lecture sessions 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, and 12/13/2021 will be hold digitally via BigBlueButton.

Wednesday 06.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Hauptgebäude Tiefparterre Stiege 1 Hof 1
Wednesday 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The main aim of the course is to grasp and understand the close connection between writing, text, and knowledge in the context of religious traditions in order to be able to distinguish between different text-bound claims of biblical religions. A further aim is to be able to reflect such distinctions in terms of different methods of transmission in which texts have been handled and interpreted in Jewish and Christian discourses and settings, exemplified by examples in history and the present.

- Writing as transmitting
- God speaks and man writes down
- Letters and language
- Grammar and reason
- Writing and Scripture
- Scripture as manifestation of religious communities
- Scripture - canon - dogma
- Concept of tradition
- Body of tradition
- Scripture and tradition between Judaism and Christianity
- Effects of Christian tradition

- Present-oral lecture and presentations; discussions
- Summaries of each topic will be available on Moodle platform.
According to current planning (11 August 2021), the lecture in lecture hall 1 will take place as a so-called hybrid teaching: According to the seating arrangements, a certain number of students will be present in the lecture hall, while the other part will follow the lecture digitally synchronously via video stream. The distribution of the groups that will be present will be done via Moodle platform. – Please check this entry regularly. It might be possible to update it as measures in respect of the pandemic might change.
Update 9/2/2021: Currently, seating in HS 1 is 50% of full capacity and should be sufficient for all who wish to attend. Prerequisite for attendance is the Vienna 3-G rule (https://coronavirus.wien.gv.at/neue-corona-regeln/).

Assessment and permitted materials

Present oral exam of 15 minutes consisting of two independent topics of the lecture series on at least four examination dates (see https://st-tgf-ktf.univie.ac.at/studium/pruefungstermine/wolfgang-treitler/) as well as in every office hour of the following semester (registration via email to wolfgang.treitler@univie.ac.at).
The examination for this course can be taken until the end of the winter semester 2022/23.
Permitted aids during the examination:

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The oral examination consists of at least two independent questions or topics. A positive assessment of the examination is achieved if at least 50% of the answers to each question area are correct. - The examination performance is assessed as "very good" if the knowledge of the examination subject matter is clearly above the average expected level of knowledge and independent, well-founded insights are brought in.

Examination topics

Content of the lecture series, or alternative literature.

Reading list

English substitute literature relevant to the examination for those who like to have their exam in English:
Boyarin Daniel, Border Lines. The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity, Philadelphia 2004, 1-33.
Hazony Yoram, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, Cambridge 2012, 1-100; 161-264.
Maccoby Hyam, A Pariah People. Anthropology of Antisemitism, London 1996.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 15, 033 195 (17W) BRP 16krp, 033 195 (17W) BRP 16ktb, 198 418 UF RK 13, auslaufende Studienpläne: als "Kirche in der Welt von heute" für 011 (11W) D23

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