This unit addresses key questions associated with the study of the Pentateuch. It pays particular attention to its content, literary forms, historical, religious and cultural background, including its history of formation and reception. It also explores the role and place of the Pentateuch within the biblical canon and its metanarrative. Attention will be also given to key themes of the pentateuchal story: the identity of YHWH and his people, creation, covenants, exodus, laws, atonement, and holiness/purity.

Unit Code: BA3724B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Compare the major theories related to the formation of the Pentateuch


Describe the key literary, theological and historical issues pertinent to the Pentateuch


Articulate the place and the role of the Pentateuch in the wider biblical canon


Interpret selected passages from the Pentateuch


Critically apply theological ideas located in the Pentateuch to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts

Unit sequence

30 points in BA (Old Testament)


Online forums, tutorials, guided readings, exegetical exercises, reflections, videos, discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000 word Reflection

1000 20.0

1,500 word Thematic Essay

1500 30.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500 word Exegetical Essay

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-13 13:52:29 +1000