This unit will examine the Old Testament Historical Books (Joshua-Esther) that provide a window on in Israel’s history; from the conquest of Canaan to the exile of the Southern kingdom of Judah. The unit will pay specific attention to the ways in which these major events were interpreted by the Deuteronomistic historians. The unit will address how to read and interpret Old Testament historiographical writings today.

Unit Code: BA2309A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the message, content, and theology of the OT Historical Books


Apply Hermeneutical principles to biblical historiography. Students will carefully analyse how the authors selected and arranged material from their sources to produce a text with purpose, they would then extract the ethical or theological message behind the narrative


Apply exegetical skills in the interpretation of selected texts from the OT historical books


Explain the significance of these books for our own time

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations Only 1 of BA1300A, BA1309A, BA2300A, BA2309A may be studied


Fortnightly lectures. Reading material from both scripture and set text


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Online contribution to discussion and quizzes (4)

0 25.0

Essay 1 (1500 words)

0 30.0

Essay 1 (1500 words)

0 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-08 14:47:02 +1100