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Theological and Religious Studies Tripos, 2002

The Faculty Board of Divinity give notice that, with effect from the examinations in 2002, the form of the examinations for the Theological and Religious Studies Tripos, of which Group B under the New Regulations will be examined for the first time in 2002, will be as follows:

NEW REGULATIONS

Group A

Paper A1. Scriptural languages and texts

B. New Testament Greek

The examination for this paper will contain:

(i) Several passages for translation and for exegetical comment from the prescribed chapters. Candidates will be asked to justify their translation of specified words and phrases with reference to grammatical form and function;
(ii) An unseen passage for translation;
(iii) A question asking candidates to assess alternative translations of several short passages taken from the prescribed chapters.

Paper A3. The birth of Christianity

The examination paper will consist of three sections: A, B, and C. Candidates will be required to answer one question from each section. Section A will contain one passage from the set texts for exegetical comment. Section B will contain at least four questions on the birth narratives. Section C will contain at least four questions on a wider range of topics. NRSV Bibles will be available for use in the examination, but candidates are not expected to show greater precision in biblical references as a result of the availability of Bibles.

Paper A6. The study of religion

The examination will consist of a three-hour written examination. The paper will contain eight questions on the study of religion, each of which will contain two options. Candidates will be required to answer three questions.

Group B

Paper B1. Intermediate languages and texts

A. Hebrew

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to translate two out of three passages from Deuteronomy and two out of three passages from the remaining texts, commenting on specified words, to translate one passage (out of two) based on one of the prescribed texts from English into pointed Biblical Hebrew, and to attempt one essay question out of a choice of five. Copies of the Hebrew Bible will be provided.

B. New Testament Greek

The examination will consist of two parts. Part one, based on the Greek text of Mark, will require students to translate and expound either three short gobbets (out of six) or one longer passage (out of two). Part two will ask for two essays on exegetical and theological topics in Mark (out of at least four). Copies of the New Testament in Greek will be provided for the use of candidates.

C. Sanskrit

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to translate three passages from the prescribed texts into English and to answer questions on their language and content, to translate sentences from English to Sanskrit, and to translate one unseen passage from Sanskrit to English.

D. Qur'anic Arabic

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to translate one out of two passages from the Qur'an, and three out of four passages from the remaining texts, commenting on specified words and concepts, to point two passages from any of the prescribed passages, and to translate one text from English into Arabic.

Paper B2. The literature, history, and theology of the exilic age

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper, which will be divided into three sections. Section A will contain five essay questions on prophecy and a gobbet question on the set text. Section B will contain five essay questions on the Pentateuch and Joshua-2 Kings. Section C will contain five questions on poetic and wisdom literature. Candidates will be required to attempt four passages from a choice of eight in the gobbet question in Section A and three essay questions taken from at least two sections of the paper. NRSV Bibles will be available for use in the examination, but candidates are not expected to show greater precision in Biblical references as a result of the availability of Bibles.

Paper B3. Judaism in the Greek and Roman periods

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper, which will contain passages for comment from the prescribed texts and essay questions. Candidates will be required to comment on three passages from a choice of ten, and to attempt three essay questions from a choice of about twelve. NRSV Bibles will be available for use in the examination but candidates are not expected to show greater precision in Biblical references as a result of the availability of Bibles.

Paper B4. Pauline Christianity

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to comment on up to four passages from the prescribed text (quoted in Greek and in English) and to attempt three essay questions out of a choice of at least ten. NRSV Bibles will be available for use in the examination but candidates are not expected to show greater precision in Biblical references as a result of the availability of Bibles.

Paper B5. New Testament ethics

The examination will consist of the submission of two essays, each of no more than 3,000 words in length, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 20 of the Tripos (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 402) on topics approved by the Faculty Board.

Paper B6. Christian life and thought in late antiquity (also serves as Paper O8 of Part II of the Classical Tripos)

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper, divided into three sections corresponding to the prescribed topics. Each section will contain four questions. Candidates will be required to attempt four questions, at least one from each section.

Paper B7. Reform and renewal in Christian history

The examination will take the form of a three-hour written paper which will be divided into two sections corresponding to the prescribed topics. Candidates will be required to attempt four questions, at least one from each section. The paper will include some questions of a comparative nature, requiring students to draw together the component elements of the course.

Paper B8. Study of theology I

The examination for this paper will take the form of a three-hour written paper divided into two sections. There will be at least twelve questions in Section A on the set texts and six questions in Section B on general topics. Candidates must answer three questions, at least one from each section.

Paper B9. Christian culture in the western world

The examination for this paper will consist of the submission of two essays, each of not more than 3,000 words in length, in accordance with the provision of Regulation 20 of the Tripos (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 402) on topics approved by the Faculty Board.

Paper B10. Philosophy of Religion: God, freedom, and the self

The examination will take the form of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to attempt three questions out of a choice of sixteen.

Paper B11. Ethics and faith

The examination will take the form of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to attempt three questions out of a choice of sixteen.

Paper B12. Religion and the human sciences

The examination will take the form of a three-hour written paper which will be divided into two sections, one section for each subject specified. Each section will contain eight questions, and candidates will be required to attempt three questions, including at least one from each section.

Paper B13. Theology and science

The examination will take the form of a three-hour written paper, containing at least fifteen questions, of which candidates will be required to attempt three.

Paper B14. Judaism I (also serves as Paper H. 19 of the Oriental Studies Tripos)

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to attempt four questions out of a choice of at least twelve.

Paper B15. Islam I

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to attempt four questions out of a choice of at least twelve, related to the origins, development, and contemporary situation of the theology, law, and mysticism of Islam.

Paper B16. Hinduism and Buddhism I

The examination will consist of a three-hour written paper. Candidates will be required to attempt four questions, including at least one on Hinduism and one on Buddhism, out of a choice of at least twelve.

OLD REGULATIONS, PART II

Paper 18. Jesus

This paper will be divided into three sections, as follows:

Section A will comprise one question containing ten passages for comment, two from each of the four Gospels and two from other early Christian and Jewish sources; candidates will be required to comment on three passages. Section B will contain four questions: one will require exposition of a passage offered in synoptic form in Greek and English and three will be essay questions. Section C will contain at least nine essay questions on other aspects of the syllabus.

Candidates for Part II of the Tripos and candidates for the Diploma in Theology will be required to attempt four questions, including at least one from either Section A or Section B or both.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 28 November 2001
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