This Unit will undertake a study of Wisdom Literature. Specific texts will be studied from historical critical and literary perspectives. The unit studies two books from Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (Qoholeth), Daniel, Sirach, and Wisdom .

Unit code: BA2012Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


demonstrate a knowledge of the structure and composition of the chosen books


identify the particular literary forms and their significance within a specific book


articulate distinctive theological themes that emerge


describe the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted


demonstrate skills in critical biblical interpretation

Unit sequence

Pre-requisite: BA1000Y or the equivalent


Lectures and group work. Students engage with the biblical text in terms of its context and their own experience/context.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Estes, Daniel J. Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. Hunter, Alistair G. *Wisdom Literature. London: SCM, 2006.


  • Bartholomew, C.G. Ecclesiastes. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

  • Duncan, Julie A. Ecclesiastes. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2017.

  • Fox, Michael V. Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation. The JPS Bible Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2004.

  • JOB

  • Gordis, Robert. The Book of Job: Commentary, New Translation, and Special Studies. New York, NY: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1978.

  • Habel, Norman C. The Book of Job: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. London: SCM, 1985.

  • Whybray, Norman. Job. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

  • Wolde, Ellen J. van, ed. Job’s God. Concilium. London: SCM Press, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegesis 1500 35.0
Essay 3000 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 11 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000