This unit examines biblical literary criticism, with particular regard to the narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible. It explores the nature of literary conventions and devices employed by the biblical authors, such as type-scenes, repetition, characterization and the use of dialogue. The unit considers how literary art enhances the message of the texts, using literary analysis of specific narratives from, among others, the Abraham and Joseph narratives, Judges, Ruth, the stories of Saul’s rise and fall, and the story of David’s rise.

Unit Code: BA3007S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a familiarity with a range of literary critical tools


Effectively use literary critical tools in examination of specific texts


Identify, articulate and explain a variety of scholarly approaches to literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible


Critically evaluate the use of biblical narrative in popular culture


Research literary critical approaches to a specific narrative text

Unit sequence

BA1001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent


lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2,500 word essay

0 50.0
Critical Review

1,000 word critical reflection on set reading

0 20.0
Tutorial Paper

1,500 word tutorial paper

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-11 12:23:31 +1100