This unit offers an Introduction to the literature of the Old Testament, and a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel. The topics covered include: manuscripts of the Holy Bible, development of the Old Testament Canon, and translation. Students will be introduced to the study of the Old Testament, and its different genres, comparing modern and patristic methodologies of interpreting the Old Testament. Students will study an overview of all books of the Old Testament.

Unit code: BA8109A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Identify of the contents of the Old Testament and its various genres


Evaluate the importance of the study of the Old Testament, the origins of its writings and how the books of the Old Testament were adopted by the church


Explain the basic historical, geographical and cultural backgrounds of the ancient world of the bible


Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the Old Testament


Six fortnightly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Written Assessment Task – Quizzes 500 equiv

500 10.0

Written Assessment Task – Synopsis 500 equiv

500 10.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 2000 words

2000 30.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay or Exam 3000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-23 12:38:59 +1100