This unit explores the literary forms, traditions (oral and written) and central theological themes of the Pentateuch. Students will examine chosen pentateuchal passages in the light of source criticism, form criticism, narrative criticism, and reception history. They will develop familiarity with ancient and modern interpretations of the Pentateuch developed by Jewish and Christian exegetes. Attention will be given to both narrative and legal texts and to theological links between the Pentateuch and the New Testament. The unit will demonstrate the enduring relevance of pentateuchal texts to contemporary society and the church.

Unit Code: BA2100C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Accurately identify key passages in the Pentateuch.


Undertake basic exegesis of pentateuchal texts using appropriate methods and secondary literature.


Demonstrate knowledge of central debates about the composition of the Pentateuch.


Articulate the theology of pentateuchal texts and explain its relevance to contemporary society and the church.

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent


Classes consist of interactive lectures, reading and analysing biblical texts, as well as discussions and seminars.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000-word case study (exegetical)

0 25.0

1 x 2,000-word exegetical essay OR 1 x 2,000-word learning resource

0 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-08 11:08:56 +1100