Content

This unit addresses key questions associated with the study of the Pentateuch. It pays particular attention to its content, literary forms, historical, religious and cultural background, including its history of formation and reception. It also explores the role and place of the Pentateuch within the biblical canon and its metanarrative. Attention will be also given to key themes of the pentateuchal story: the identity of YHWH and his people, creation, covenants, exodus, laws, atonement and holiness/purity.

Unit Code: BA9124B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Evaluate key hypotheses relating to the origin, unity, and composition of the Pentateuch

2.

Appraise the theological and literary characteristics of different Pentateuchal traditions

3.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the historical contexts (political, religious and social) of the Pentateuch

4.

Assess the use of Pentateuchal themes in other biblical traditions

5.

Analyse selected texts from the Pentateuch

6.

Integrate theological ideas located in the Pentateuch into practical application to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts

Unit sequence

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible, or postgraduate foundational equivalent

Pedagogy

Lectures, exegetical exercises, group presentations, group discussions, visual aids, videos

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

2,200 word Thematic Essay

35.0
Exegetical Essay

3,300 word Exegetical Essay

45.0
Oral Presentation

1,500 word Presentation

20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-16 09:11:51 +1000