This unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will seek to introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretative approaches taken up by contemporary scholarship. It develops an understanding of critical exegetical tools, and includes an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials. This unit provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

Unit Code: BA1391B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts


Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc)


Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.


Demonstrate an understanding of different interpretations of biblical texts, and discuss the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context


Lectures, seminars, group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Summative Reflection

800 word Summative reflection

800 20.0

1,200 word Exegesis of selected text

1200 30.0

2,000 word Essay

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-13 11:59:14 +1000