This course will introduce the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and critically examine its contents for insight into the life, the history and faith of the people of God in ancient Israel. The unit will survey the contents of the Hebrew/Old Testament canon, which formed and established a people’s identity; the historical contexts; the diversity of genres; and the theological positions of the OT books. The unit will equip the student to assess the meaning of the texts in their ancient Near Eastern environment; to understand the development of Hebrew religion through the 2nd temple period. Some attention will be given to the history of interpretation, including dominant critical issues relating to the Old Testament; and the relevance of the OT texts to issues of contemporary faith.

Unit Code: BA1019P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the Old Testament and its canonical units


Identify the major periods in the history of Israel and the major powers in the ancient Near east and their influence on Israel.


Employ basic exegetical tools effectively for the interpretation of the Old Testament


Engage the Old Testament and its contents in theological reflection and in preaching


Articulate the significance and relevance of the Old Testament in our times and places

Unit sequence

This is a foundational unit and will function as a prerequisite for advanced units in the discipline


Assigned readings; Lectures; Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Participation in the online forum 500 words

500 20.0

Essay introducing a book of the OT 2000 Words

2000 40.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay 2000 Words

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 09:03:08 +1100