This unit introduces students to the history and literature of the Old Testament. A wide range of OT texts will be read to situate and examine biblical themes such as creation, flood, law, covenant, temple, worship, exodus, kingship, prophecy, exile, ethics, and the divine-human interaction. Students will also examine issues of genre, source, canonization and translation in order to critically assess and interpret the Old Testament.

Unit Code: BA8000T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the broad historical, cultural, religious, and theological world of Old Testament texts including an awareness of key figures and dates


Situate a particular text within the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament


Demonstrate an awareness of critical skills and tools for exegesis, including relevant reference tools and resources


Research, write and reference an exegetical essay using primary and secondary resources


Identify different interpretations of biblical texts and the assumptions and strategies involved


Construct an argument for interpretation based on a close analysis of the text using the critical skills required and in conversation with other interpretations


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz (equivalent to 500 words)

250 5.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests


250 5.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay (2000 words)

2000 30.0


1000 20.0
Written Examination

Written Examination

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-13 11:19:15 +1100