In this unit students will examine how biblical scholars, theologians, and Christian communities have understood then responded to questions raised about the Bible's portrait of a so-called dark side of God; for example, in stories about the conquest of Canaan, acts of divine vengeance against transgressors, and incidents of sexual brutality. These stories continue to be highly problematic for many people, both within the church and by its critics. This unit will critically engage and evaluate ways of making sense of this troubling God of the text, and reflect on how a biblical meta-narrative with Christ at its centre continues to challenge and inform Christian responses to questions about divine and human violence.
Unit code: BS9041L
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Biblical Studies
Proposing College: Australian Lutheran CollegeShow when this unit is running
Critically analyse biblical texts relating to divine violence in the light of their cultural, historical, literary, social and religious contexts
Apply a range of relevant methodological approaches to the interpretation of biblical texts relating to divine violence
Interpret biblical texts in the light of a Christ-focused biblical meta-narrative
Engage contemporary conversation about the nature and legacy of stories involving divine violence from an informed perspective
This unit uses teaching strategies (eg engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and synchronous and asynchronous discussion with lecturer) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.
No required textbook. Key readings supplied in META Unit resources.
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Students respond to unit content; submit responses to questions; articulate their position on topics; identify questions that remain unanswered or limitations and disagreements or counter-arguments.
An essay that identifies, describes, and critically assesses at least two ways of reading and interpreting biblical texts which present God as violent.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 24 Aug, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-08-24 15:06:38 +1000