As an introduction to the Old Testament this unit offers an overview of the textual, cultural, historical, literary and theological features of the literature of the Old Testament. The student is introduced to topics such as inspiration, hermeneutics, the formation of the Old Testament canon, its different genres, and its relationship to the New Testament, Christian faith, doctrine and life.

Unit code: BA1001L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the textual, cultural, historical, literary, religious and theological features, and relationship to the New Testament, of the writings of the Old Testament


Draw on primary and secondary sources in researching Old Testament books and themes


Articulate the shape and significance of the Old Testament canon


Identify the significance of biblical texts for Christian faith, doctrine and life

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses

Prohibited combinations: BS1001L The Bible Today A


This unit combines asynchronous student engagement with unit materials and weekly 1 hour synchronous/face-to-face hybrid seminars. Emphasis is placed on student engagement with primary texts (Old Testament) and topical readings, eLessons, eLectures to support student learning and acquisition of basic analytical skills for interpreting Old Testament texts. Weekly quizzes provide regular feedback to students on their learning progress and engagement with learning materials.

Indicative Bibliography

  • deClaissé-Walford, Nancy. Introduction to the Psalms: a song from Ancient Israel. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004.
  • Dillard, Raymond B., and Tremper Longman III. An introduction to the Old Testament. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Lessing, R. Reed, and Andrew E. Steinmann. Prepare the way of the Lord: an introduction to the Old Testament. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2014.
  • Murphy, Roland E. The tree of life: an exploration of biblical wisdom literature. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Powell, Mark Allen. What is narrative criticism? Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1990.
  • Provan, Iain, V. Phillips Long, and Tremper Longman III. A biblical history of Israel. 2nd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015.
  • Steinmann, Andrew E., and Michael Eschelbach. Called to be God’s people: an introduction to the Old Testament. Abridged ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.
  • Steinmann, Andrew E. From Abraham to Paul: a biblical chronology. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2011.
  • Yee, Gale A., ed. Judges & method: new approaches in biblical studies. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Weekly quizzes

900 22.5

Three short papers worth 17.5% each

2100 52.5

Paper defending a thesis on an Old Testament question

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

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