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: BS9002S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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.


Analyse theories 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.


Critically evaluate the relevance of biblical texts to contemporary situations of trauma.


Engage in critical exegetical study of biblical texts integrating contemporary methods of understanding issues of trauma and growth.

Unit sequence

BA8001S/ 8701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible OR BN8001S/8701S 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 (%)
Case Study

Case Study 2500 words

2500 30.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0
Literature Survey

Literature Survey 2000 words

2000 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-18 11:18:19 +1100