Content

This unit studies the various ways the Hebrew Bible explores the justice of God. The unit will examine the experience of suffering, and responses to this experience that explicitly and implicitly give rise to theodicy. Various theodicies will be studied in the context of different literary traditions, including the Pentateuch, narrative writings, the Psalms, Wisdom literature and Prophetic writings. Critical and exegetical tools will be used to study selected passages within these traditions. Through the lenses of pastoral and spiritual care these traditions will be contextualised in contemporary community settings, and address issues including end-of-life/palliative care, aging, mental health, and trauma. Systemic and institutional themes will also be explored.

Unit Code: BA2008S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate a familiarity with the ideology of theodicy in a range of Hebrew biblical traditions

2.

Discuss a variety of scholarly approaches to studying the texts of the Hebrew Bible in relation to theodicy

3.

Explain the relationship between theodicy and socio-political contexts in the world of the Hebrew Bible

4.

Articulate and critique theodicy in current church and world discourse.

Unit sequence

BA1001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent

Pedagogy

Rotating lecture/discussion/group work

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

2,000 word essay

50.0

1,000 word critical reflection on set reading

25.0

1,000 word tutorial paper

25.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-07 11:05:23 +1100