This unit is an introduction to the Old Testament. It consists of a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel, as well as a survey of the literature of the Old Testament and its formation. It includes an introduction to the contemporary critical methodologies used to explore biblical texts and an application of these to specific texts.

Unit Code: BA8000Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Israel/Judah, 1000–63 BCE, and of the geography of the biblical land and its surrounds


Identify and describe the structure of the Old Testament and the different types of literature found in the Old Testament


Locate and use resources for research and academic exegetical literature


Demonstrate a familiarity with and an ability to apply contemporary methods critically in the interpretation of selected Old Testament texts


Engage critically with contemporary debates about the historicity of the Old Testament and evaluate the ongoing significance of the text for the Christian community


Lectures, interaction with the text in pairs or small groups, group discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay 2000 words

0 35.0

Major Essay 4000 words

0 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-13 11:31:27 +1100