This unit considers selected themes and texts from the Pentateuch, including: issues of authorship and audience, society, geography, theology, genre, literary devices, major themes and contemporary application issues.

Unit Code: BA3106L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse, assess and engage with scholarly debates over understanding the books of the Pentateuch


Identify and articulate major theological themes running through the books of the Pentateuch and throughout the Bible


Research, document and write an exegesis of a selected text from the Pentateuch, giving due weight to historical, literary and theological concerns


Identify different interpretations of texts and present apt and significant contemporary applications based on the analysis of these texts and interpretations


Articulate a key theological message of a pericope in the Pentateuch and defend and demonstrate it through rigorous exegetical analysis

Unit sequence

At least 36 points in the discipline of Old Testament Hebrew 1 and 2 are desirable but not essential


This unit employs both flipped classroom approaches and interactive lecture as appropriate, including seminar-style discussion of guided readings, student and instructor-led group analysis of texts,and student presentations.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper on a Pentateuchal theme (10–20 minutes) 1500 words

1500 10.0

Essay on a Pentateuchal theme 1500 words

1500 30.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay —Category A (Hebrew) —Category B (non Hebrew) Exegetical essay on selected text from the Pentateuch 3500 words

3500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 16:28:04 +1100