This unit will explore the intersection between biblical studies and trauma studies. The literature and direction of biblical studies in this area will be surveyed. The unit will include a consideration of historical contexts of the Bible’s composition during times of trauma. The study will investigate themes of war, peace, violence, conflict resolution and the effect of imperial policies, in the Ancient Near Eastern world, the Greco-Roman empire and today. The unit will explore social scientific, psychological and literary contributions to biblical studies in the area of trauma and survival.

Unit Code: BS3002S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an awareness of current scholarship connecting biblical studies and trauma/ post-traumatic growth studies.


Describe situations and categories of trauma and aspects of responses to trauma.


Explore the intersection of biblical studies and trauma studies, including literary, social-scientific, psychological and historical approaches to the biblical text and issues of trauma.


Articulate the relevance of biblical texts to contemporary situations of trauma


Demonstrate exegetical skills in the study of biblical texts relating to themes of trauma and growth.

Unit sequence

BA1001S/ 1701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible OR BN1001S/1701S Interpreting the New Testament


This unit will utilise audio-visual material, case studies, lectures, readings and group work with input from specialists in the fields of biblical studies and trauma.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Literature Survey

Literature Survey 1000 words

1000 20.0
Case Study

Case Study 1500 words

1500 30.0

Essay 2500 words

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-18 09:41:41 +1100