This unit is based on an examination of the “Former Prophets” or “Historical Books” (Joshua–2 Kings) as a key representative of historiography in the Old Testament. It will involve a consideration of the hypothesis of a Deuteronomistic History, identified in Deuteronomy–2 Kings. The other key representative of Old Testament historiography (1 and 2 Chronicles) will also be examined, especially where it parallels texts in the Former Prophets. The unit will consider Israelite and Ancient Near Eastern notions of history and examine contemporary issues, problems and methods associated with the interpretation of such literature.

Unit Code: BA2200C

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


Demonstrate fundamental exegetical and research skills required for the study of the Historical Literature


Demonstrate a knowledge of the issues associated with contemporary study of the Historical Literature


Construct and present an exegesis of a text within the Historical Literature


Research and write an essay on an aspect of the Historical Literature.


Engage in informed discussion of the Historical Literature

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and class discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000-word exegesis

0 20.0

2,500-word essay

0 60.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-08 13:07:45 +1100