This unit will examine how the Old Testament portrays God as just, righteous, and merciful, and the criteria whereby Israel is called to be a just, righteous, and merciful society. It will consist of an analysis of justice, righteousness, and mercy and associated terminology within their literary, historical and theological contexts. It will consider how these terms and the contexts in which they occur contribute to Theodicy—the notion of God as just.

Unit Code: BA3500C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Apply their exegetical skills to the understanding of key theological terms in the Old Testament


Demonstrate an ability to grasp the meaning of texts and terms


Critically assess the relationship between terminology in different contexts with a view to constructing a theology of mercy and justice


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the relevant background material


Present papers in the context of seminar discussions

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C, and two Biblical Studies units at Second level


Lectures, Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 seminar presentation on the meaning of particular terms

0 20.0

1,500 word systematic exegesis of an Old Testament text or texts to develop a critical understanding of the issues involved in analyzing biblical terminology

0 30.0

2,500 word essay presentation of the meaning of one or more relevant terms for justice/righteousness and mercy within a particular Old Testament context

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-12 13:59:52 +1100