This unit seeks to immerse students in the archaeological, geographical, historical, sociological, and theological context of the Old Testament. Emphasis will be on reading the texts in places associated with their content and history. Special attention will be given to understanding and interpreting the text in light of all the data available in the sites and museums in dialogue with classical and contemporary biblical scholarship. This unit is one of two complementary units, one focussing upon the Old Testament and the other focussing on the New Testament, that relate to the Study Tour of the Biblical Lands. Students may undertake both the Old and New Testament units in conjunction with this Tour or just one of the units at the appropriate level for their study.

Unit code: BA3705C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Research and summarise the archaeological, geographical, cultural, religious, and historical context of an Old Testament site on the itinerary of the tour.


Articulate the relationship between the archaeological record and the biblical texts.


Interpret an Old Testament passage/s or theme in light of the visit to the relevant sites, incorporating any connections to the New Testament.


Critically reflect on Old Testament sites and texts included in the journey of the tour and integrate with other theological and social disciplines elucidating insights for their relevance to the life of the church today.


Investigate and articulate scholarly debate on interpretive issues associated with the texts and their contexts.

Unit sequence

Two biblical studies units at second level


Immersion experience in the biblical lands visiting Old Testament sites and reading related texts, input at site and enroute with interactive discussion and reflection.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

OPTION 2: 2000 word Report (on OT site) and 3,000-word equivalent learning resource or OPTION 1

5000 100.0

OPTION 1: 2,000-word report (on OT site) and 3,000-word essay or OPTION 2

5000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2020-02-14 16:42:20 +1100