Content

This unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will seek to introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretative approaches taken up by contemporary scholarship. It develops an understanding of critical exegetical tools, and includes an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials. This unit provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

Unit Code: BA1791B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts

2.

Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc)

3.

Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.

4.

Demonstrate an understanding of different interpretations of biblical texts, and discuss the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, group work, online forums, videos

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

800 word Summative Reflection

20.0

1,200 word Exegesis of selected text

30.0

2,000 word Essay

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Sep, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-13 12:09:39 +1000