A study of key texts on war and peace selected from Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Isaiah. Attention will be given to the theological implications of these texts.

Unit Code: BA3006W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe selected scholarly theories about human and divine participation in biblical respresentations of war.


Rigorously exegete a biblical text related to the themes of war or peace.


Analyse the biblical background to notions of ‘just war’ and pacifism.


Reflect critically on the concept of genocide and its applicability in understanding Deuteronomy 20 and Joshua’s conquest narratives.

Unit sequence

36 points in Hebrew Bible


Lectures, tutorials, online interaction


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical paper of 2,000 words

2000 40.0

Essay 2,000 words

2000 40.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper of 1,000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 12:32:10 +1100