The unit will examine a broad range of approaches to the use of the Bible in ethics. A number of case studies will illustrate the diversity of biblical material as it relates to particular ethical topics (such as war, reconciliation, human rights, wealth and poverty, abortion, ecology, and sexuality). In exploring hermeneutical analogies, consideration will be given to the similarities and differences between biblical cultures and our own multicultural contexts. Attention will also be paid to the ways in which Biblical models and interpretation may play a role in public life.

Unit Code: BS9020W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the differences between a range of hermeneutical approaches;


Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of biblical ethics;


Reflect critically on the cultural dimensions of hermeneutics;


Analyze the key issues at stake in a particular ethical case study;


Assess approaches to ethical questions for the local church and other ministry contexts;


Reflect theologically on biblical texts and relate biblical studies to other theological disciplines in a research project at a postgraduate standard.

Unit sequence

48 points in Field B; 24 points in Systematic Theology


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.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay 2500 words

2500 30.0
Critical Review

Critical reviews (x 5) 1500 words

1500 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-09 15:28:30 +1100