The unit will commence with an outline of the exegetical approach that will be used in the unit and its relationship to other approaches. This will be followed by an introduction to the Pentateuch, the critical issues associated with its interpretation, and exegesis of selected texts.

Unit code: BA9010Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Apply a critical grasp of the historical, literary and theological issues associated with the Pentateuch to its interpretation


Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the theological themes in the books of the Pentateuch


Interpret passages from the books of the Pentateuch


Make critical use of secondary sources, e.g., commentaries


Critically discuss the issue of the continuing relevance of the Pentateuch


Apply exegetical analysis of text and understanding of distinctive theological themes to specific issues in the study of the Pentateuch

Unit sequence

Successful completion of one foundational unit in the Old Testament


Lectures, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Campbell, Antony F., and Mark A. O’Brien. Sources of the Pentateuch: Texts, Introductions, Annotations. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993.
  • ———. *Rethinking the Pentateuch. Prolegomena to the Theology of Ancient Israel. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2005.
  • Dozeman, Thomas B., and Konrad Schmid and Baruch J. Schwartz, eds. The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research*. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.
  • ———. Pentateuch: Introducing the Torah. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2017.
  • Edelman Diana V., et al. Opening the Book of Moses. Bible World. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012. (Recomended for purchase)
  • McDermott, J. J. Reading the Pentateuch: A Historical Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2002.
  • Nicholson, E. The Pentateuch in the Twentieth Century: The Legacy of Julius Wellhausen. Oxford: Clarendon, 1998.
  • Rofé, Alexander. Introduction to the Composition of the Pentateuch. Biblical Seminar 58; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1999.
  • Ska, Jean-Louis. Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2006. (Recomended for purchase)
  • Wenham, Gordon. A Guide to the Pentateuch. Exploring the Old Testament 1L. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

4000 word essay

0 65.0

2000 word essay

0 35.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-13 15:28:46 +1100