This unit starts with the recognition that some Biblical texts seem to endorse behaviour which is harmful. Students will be encouraged to identify these “texts of terror” and develop apologetic, hermeneutic and transformative strategies to dismantle oppressive readings.

Unit Code: DM9609T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Evaluate ways in which Scriptural texts have informed and supported negative ideology and behaviour


Critically evaluate the history of the negative interpretation of scriptural texts


Deconstruct harmful historical readings and present alternative interpretations


Co-opt these texts of terror for positive transformational readings.

Unit sequence

An introductory unit in either BA or BN or equivalent


Recorded on-line lecture, discussion forum; assignments


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Article review 1000 words

1000 20.0

Essay (thematic) 3000 words

3000 40.0
Case Study

Essay (case study) 3000 words

3000 40.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-16 10:08:28 +1100