This unit aims to introduce students to the diversity of Old Testament traditions; develop a familiarity with exegetical tools and methods; explore selected theological themes – especially creation, covenant, law, leadership, suffering and ethnicity.

Unit code: BA1701W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the historical and social worlds of the Hebrew Bible


Effectively use the tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, commentaries, journals, monographs along with primary sources)


Develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, the history of Hebrew Bible research and a variety of current interpretive approaches


Demonstrate theological and hermeneutical applications of the Hebrew Bible within our current context


: Lectures, inductive learning activities, online tutorial discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Arnold, B., Introduction to the Old Testament. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Birch, B. (et al), A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.
  • Carr, D.M., An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Childs, B.S., Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979.
  • Collins, J.J., Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004.
  • Gorman, M.J., Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Peabody: Hendrickson, rev. edn, 2009.
  • Rogerson, J., Atlas of the Bible. London: Macdonald, 1985.
  • Smith-Christopher, D., The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith & Justice. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2005.
  • Stuart, D., Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 4th edn 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review 1000 20.0

1,500 word exegesis

1500 40.0

1,500 word essay

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-10-11 15:03:10 +1100