These units comprise two elements: a study tour of Israel, which offers no credit points, and an assessment unit which presupposes and builds upon the experience of a study tour to the Holy Land and engages with the archaeological, geographical, sociological, historical and theological context of the Bible, with particular emphasis on the stories of Jesus. The assessment unit will focus upon reading and interpreting Biblical texts in places associated with their location, context and history. Attention will be given to interpreting texts in light of contemporary biblical scholarship in dialogue with the insights available at specific sites and data from museums.

Unit Code: BS9051W

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


Summarise the archaeological, geographical, cultural, religious and historical context of one site on the itinerary of the tour.


Outline and critique contemporary scholarly debate regarding the interpretation of biblical texts in relation to the archaeological record


Exegete biblical texts and themes in light of the visit to the relevant sites, demonstrating interaction between exegetical skills and the physical data of the relevant site(s).


Reflect theologically on sites and texts included in the journey of the tour and integrate with other theological and social disciplines

Unit sequence

Foundational Units in Biblical Studies


Students will travel to the Holy Lands together. One day of preparation for the tour will include some lectures, seminars and information. During the tour there will be engagement at particular sites with experts in the field, and seminars with participants.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Either One 6000 word essay or project

OR One 1500 word seminar paper; and One 4500 word essay

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-25 11:19:11 +1100