This unit will examine how the Old Testament portrays God as just and merciful and the criteria whereby Israel is called to be the just and merciful society. It will consist of an analysis of the terms Justice and Mercy and associated terminology within their literary, historical and theological contexts. It will consider how these terms and the contexts in which they are used contribute to Theodicy—the notion of the just God.

Unit Code: BA9018Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Apply their exegetical skills to the understanding of key theological terms in the Old Testament


Demonstrate an ability to grasp the meaning of texts and terms


Critically assess the relationship between terminology in different contexts with a view to constructing a theology of mercy and justice


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the relevant background material


Present papers in the context of seminar discussions


Compare and evaluate contemporary insights in the study of the topic.

Unit sequence

Successful completion of BA8000Y or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, discussions


Name Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2500 word exegetical paper

2500 35.0

4500 word major essay

4500 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-23 14:25:47 +1100