This unit is an introduction to the Old Testament. It consists of a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel, as well as a survey of the literature of the Old Testament and its formation. It includes an introduction to the contemporary critical methodologies used to explore biblical texts and an application of these to specific texts.

Unit Code: BA1000Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a knowledge of the history of Israel/Judah, ca. 1000 – 63 BCE, and of the geography of the biblical land and its surrounds


List and recognise the structure of the Old Testament and the main types of biblical literature found there


Demonstrate awareness and an elementary use of resources for research and academic exegetical literature


Exegete a text of the Old Testament, showing a familiarity with contemporary critical methods of interpretation


Discuss contemporary debates about the historicity of the Old Testament and describe the ongoing significance of the text for the Christian community


Lectures, interaction with the text in pairs or small groups, group discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegetical Essay 1300 words

0 35.0

Essay 1300 words

0 35.0
Written Examination

1 hour Exam

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-06 13:10:54 +1100