This is an introductory unit to the Hebrew Bible, with a particular focus on reading the texts through a broad theme of justice. The unit will explore the relationship between justice and other theological themes such as righteousness, peace, liberation, law and inclusion. Notions of the justice of YHWH, and justice in the world will be examined, including issues of injustice and suffering. Historical, cultural and literary contexts of the Hebrew Bible will be explored in the light of the theme of justice. Modern exegetical approaches to the biblical text will be incorporated and evaluated.

Unit Code: BA1011S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the historical, cultural and literary contexts of the Hebrew Bible.


Explain the intersection of the theme of justice with other themes in the Hebrew Bible


Engage different approaches to biblical interpretation by analysis of Hebrew Bible texts


Demonstrate an ability to use biblical study tools.


Evaluate biblical themes and texts in connection with contemporary issues related to justice.


Face-to-face intensive consisting of lectures and seminars with forums and readings online


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500 word tutorial paper – theological

0 30.0
Critical Review

500 word critical reflection on set reading

0 20.0

1500 word essay – exegetical

0 40.0

Online forum: Each student contributes 3 posts (100 word each) in response to a question, statement or case study and posts 3 x 50 word responses to 3 different posts (Total 450 words).

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-06 15:37:31 +1100