This unit offers an Introduction to the literature of the Old Testament, and a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel. The topics covered include: manuscripts of the Holy Bible, development of the Old Testament Canon, and translation. Students will be introduced to the study of the Old Testament, and its different genres, comparing modern and patristic methodologies of interpreting the Old Testament. Students will study an overview of all books of the Old Testament.

Unit code: BA1100A (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the contents of the Old Testament and its various genres


Describe the importance of the study of the Old Testament, the origins of its writings, and how the books of the Old Testament were adopted by the church


Explain the basic historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds of the ancient world of the bible


Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the Old Testament


12 weekly classes with lectures and class discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Arnold, Bill T., and Bryan Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey Encountering Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1999. (recommended for purchase)
  • Bandstra, Barry L. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Cengage Learning, 2009.
  • Boadt, Lawrence. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 1984.
  • Broyles, Craig C. Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2001.
  • Drane, John William. Introducing the Old Testament. Rev. ed. Oxford: Lion Pub., 2000.
  • Evans, Craig A., and Emanuel Tov. Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2008.
  • Hayes, John Haralson, and James Maxwell Miller. Israelite and Judaean History. London. Philadelphia: SCM Press; Trinity Press International, 1990.
  • Krentz, Edgar. The Historical-Critical Method. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975.
  • Matthews, Victor Harold. A Brief History of Ancient Israel. 1st ed. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
  • Stuart, Douglas K. Old Testament Exegesis: a Handbook for Students and Pastors. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Exegetical Essay - 1500 words.

0 35.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quizzes (four Quizzes across the semester Equivalent to 500 words)

0 12.0
Written Examination

Final exam - end of semester (1.5 hours)

0 40.0

Fortnightly Synopsis (Class based) equivalent to 500 words

0 13.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-06 15:50:55 +1100