This unit develops skills in the narrative-critical investigation of biblical texts, and in understanding how the narrative works to convey the theological perspective/s of its author/s. The narratives will be the Book of Exodus, and either two of the Passion narratives and two of the Resurrection narratives, or two discrete sections of the Gospels chosen from The Lukan Journey to Jerusalem (9:51-19:48), or Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount (5:1-7:29), or Mark 8:22- 10:52, or John’s Cana to Cana (2:1-4:54).

Unit code: BS9662Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Recognise and describe the role of Scripture as witness to God’s revelation for members of the Jewish and Christian faiths


Explain how the Scriptures developed in particular social, political and religious contexts


Identify and critique different theological views present in the biblical texts studied


Develop skills in the narrative analysis of texts


Conduct a narrative analysis of selected texts, showing how the text expresses a particular faith perspective


Demonstrate a critical and appropriate use of Scripture in a religious education context

Unit sequence

One foundational unit (10 pts) in Biblical Studies, or equivalent.


Face to face teaching, discussion, and use of online tools such as skype, email, audio-visual programs.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bible with the Deuterocanonical or Apocrypha Books. Suitable version are the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), RSV. (recommended for purchase)

  • Bat Ephrat, Shimon. Narrative Art in the Bible. Bible and Literature. Series 17. Sheffield: JSOT, 1989.

  • Blackburn, W. Ross. The God who makes himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. New Studies in Biblical Theology 28. Downers Grove, IL: Apollos, 2012.

  • Brown, Raymond E. The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

  • Coggins, Richard. The Book of Exodus. Peterborough: Epworth, 2010.

  • Dozeman, Thomas B. God at War: Power in the Exodus Tradition. Oxford: OUP, 1996.

  • Edelman, Diana V. et al. Opening the Books of Moses. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012. Moloney, Francis J. *Reading the New Testament in the Church: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators and Believers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015. (recommended for purchase)

  • Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012.

  • Polak, Frank H. Exodus. Berit Olam. Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2009.

  • Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Boston, MA: St Pauls, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Learning Resource

Learning Resource: Prepare a 20 minute PowerPoint for a staff meeting on one of the New Testament narratives you studied, and also provide a 3000 words commentary

3000 50.0
Exegetical Essay

3500 word exegetical essay (Old Testament)

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000