This unit will investigate the connection between Biblical interpretation and social transformation. Traditional historical critical, literary and contemporary ideological approaches to Scripture will be explored. The applicability of these approaches to contemporary contexts, with attention given to political, cultural and environmental spheres of life, will be critically considered.

Unit code: BA2012S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competency in the use of relevant tools for biblical studies, such as commentaries, theological and bible dictionaries, lexicons, journals and digital resources, and primary sources


Engage a variety of exegetical methods in the analysis of biblical texts.


Identify and describe historical, cultural, social and literary contexts of biblical texts


Explain how the relationship between texts and readers affects the interpretation and application of biblical texts

Unit sequence

BA1011S Justice in the Old Testament or an equivalent foundational unit in Biblical Studies


Rotating lecture/discussion/group work

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brett, Mark G. Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire. The Bible in the Modern World. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination. SCM Press, 2012.
  • Coomber, Matthew J.M. (Ed). Bible and Justice: Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges. BibleWorld: New York: Routledge Publishing, 2011.
  • Dube, Musa W. Postcolonial feminist interpretation of the Bible. St Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.
  • Fee, Gordon D., and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.
  • Gottwald, Norman K. ed. The Bible and Liberation: Political and Social Hermeneutics. New York: Orbis Books, 1983.
  • Klein, William W., Craig L. Blomberg, and Robert L. Hubbard Jr. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Nashville, TN: W. Publishing Group, 1993.
  • McKenzie, Steven L. and Haynes, Stephen R. Eds. To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and Their Application. Louisville, KY: Westminster, 1993. (recommended for purchase)
  • Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A handbook for students and pastors. Louisville: WJK, 2014.
  • Thistleton, Anthony. Hermeneutics: an Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.
  • Trible, Phyllis. Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Philadelphia: Fortress Pr, 1984.
  • West, Gerald O. The Academy of the Poor: Towards a Dialogical Reading of the Bible. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Pr, 1999.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Major essay (exegetical) 2000 words

2000 40.0

Forum Posts – 3 submitted posts (3 x 300 words each) responding to case studies or reading plus 2 responses (50 words each) to other student’s posts – 1000 words

1000 20.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Online Quiz (exegetical terminology) (250 words)

250 10.0

Minor essay (thematic) 1000 words

1000 30.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100