Content

This course will introduce the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and critically examine its contents for insight into the life, the history and faith of the people of God in ancient Israel. The unit will survey the contents of the Old Testament which formed and established a people’s identity; the historical contexts; the diversity of genres; theological positions and of the OT books. The unit will equip the student to assess the meaning of the texts in their ancient Near Eastern environment; to understand the development of Hebrew religion through the 2nd temple period; and the relation of the OT texts to issues of contemporary faith.

Unit Code: BA8010P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate understanding of the textual, cultural, historical, literary, religious, and theological aspects of the Old Testament

2.

Discuss the relevance of the historical and socio-cultural contexts of the ancient Near Eastern world in which the books of the Old Testament emerged

3.

Develop a critical framework for reading and interpreting the diverse contents of the Old Testament

4.

Engage the Old Testament and its material in theological reflection and in preaching

5.

Discern the significance and relevance of the Old Testament in our times and places

6.

Build a foundation for more advanced study of the Old Testament.

Unit sequence

This is a foundational unit and will function as a prerequisite for advanced units in the discipline

Pedagogy

Assigned readings; Lectures; Tutorials

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

A short exercise - 1500 Words

20.0
Essay

An Essay introducing a book of the OT – 2000 Words

40.0
Exegetical Essay

An Exegetical essay - 2500 Words

40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 15:33:08 +1100