An examination of the book of Genesis, in light of various critical methods. Attention will be given to literary sources and editing, theological issues, anthropological approaches to the text, and contemporary postcolonial interpretation.

Unit Code: BA9014W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the range of theories relating to sources and editing of the book


Discriminate between religious perspectives in Genesis and other theologies in the Hebrew Bible, especially those relating to creation, politics and law


Reflect critically on the poetics of the text


Discuss the potential of this text in contemporary inter-religious dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam


Evaluate the implications of competing critical methods

Unit sequence

Foundational unit in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament


12 weekly sessions, requiring online participation. Each session consists of lecturer’s input, guided reading, additional suggested resources, and tutorial tasks requiring critical reflection and peer interaction. For Classroom based, this will primarily consist of lectures and tutorials.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2,500 word exegetical paper

0 40.0

2,500 word essay

0 40.0
Critical Review

Critical Reflections on Readings (1000 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-14 08:43:50 +1100