This unit is based on an examination of the “Former Prophets” or “Historical Books” (Joshua–2 Kings) as a key representative of historiography in the Old Testament. It will involve a consideration of the hypothesis of a Deuteronomistic History, identified in Deuteronomy–2 Kings. The other key representative of Old Testament historiography (1 and 2 Chronicles) will also be examined, especially where it parallels texts in the Former Prophets. The unit will consider Israelite and Ancient Near Eastern notions of history and examine contemporary issues, problems and methods associated with the interpretation of such literature.

Unit code: BA3200C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate fundamental exegetical and research skills required for the study of the Historical Literature


Demonstrate a knowledge of the critical issues associated with contemporary study of the Historical Literature.


Construct and present a critical exegesis of a text within the Historical Literature.


Research and write a critical essay on an aspect of the Historical Literature.


Demonstrate broad knowledge of relevant background material to the Historical Literature and an ability to assess it critically


Integrate their advanced exegetical skills in the interpretation of biblical texts.

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and class discussion


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

1,000-word exegesis

0 20.0

3,000-word essay

0 60.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-12 10:03:09 +1100