This unit develops skills in the narrative-critical investigation of biblical texts, and in understanding how the narrative works to convey the theological perspective/s of its author/s. The narratives will be the Book of Exodus, and either two of the Passion narratives and two of the Resurrection narratives, or two discrete sections of the Gospels chosen from The Lukan Journey to Jerusalem (9:51-19:48), or Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount (5:1-7:29), or Mark 8:22- 10:52, or John’s Cana to Cana (2:1-4:54).

Unit Code: BS9662Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Recognise and describe the role of Scripture as witness to God’s revelation for members of the Jewish and Christian faiths


Explain how the Scriptures developed in particular social, political and religious contexts


Identify and critique different theological views present in the biblical texts studied


Develop skills in the narrative analysis of texts


Conduct a narrative analysis of selected texts, showing how the text expresses a particular faith perspective


Demonstrate a critical and appropriate use of Scripture in a religious education context

Unit sequence:

One foundational unit (10 pts) in Biblical Studies, or equivalent.


Face to face teaching, discussion, and use of online tools such as skype, email, audio-visual programs.


Description Weight (%)

3000 word exegetical essay (Old Testament)


Learning Resource: Prepare a 20 minute PowerPoint for a staff meeting on one of the New Testament narratives you studied, and also provide a 1500 words commentary


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-25 13:59:29 +1100