In this unit students will consider how the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments represent living traditions rather than mere inert texts, including: • how the formation of the biblical canon reflects the living nature of the texts within the Jewish people and the Christian community • how the tradition lives on in the ways Christian communities, including Lutheran, have understood and used the Scriptures • how the biblical meta-narrative with Christ at its centre forms the heart of the tradition.

Unit Code: BS9104L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse biblical texts in the light of their cultural, historical, literary, social, and religious contexts


Justify the notion of ‘living tradition’in the biblical texts themselves, in the formation of the biblical canon, and in the ongoing use of Scripture as ‘living tradition’


Formulate ways of reading biblical texts in the light of a Christ-focused biblical meta-narrative.


Demonstrate advanced skills in critical methodology through interpretation of various biblical texts


Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication.

Unit sequence

At least 15cp in Biblical Studies or equivalent




Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflective journal 1500 words equivalent

0 20.0
Critical Review

Critical literature review 1500 words

0 30.0

Essay 3000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:54 +1100