This unit explores major theological themes in the Old Testament and their development over time. The approaches taken by significant scholars in the field will be investigated with a view to understanding the contribution of Old Testament theologies to contemporary Christian understanding.

Unit code: BA3743B

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Old Testament theological themes within the cultural, historical and literary contexts in which they originated.


Evaluate scholarly interpretative approaches to Old Testament theological themes.


Identify the interrelatedness of the Old Testament and the New Testament.


Articulate how Old Testament theological themes can contribute to the proclamation of the Church.


Develop a framework for evaluating the ongoing relevancy of Old Testament theological traditions

Unit sequence

36 points in BA (Old Testament)


Employing both inductive and deductive approaches, the learning in this unit may include structured learning activities, lectures, guided readings, group work, online learning , video conferencing .

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, B.W. Contours of Old Testament Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
  • Barr, James. The Concept of Biblical Theology: An Old Testament Perspective. London: SCM Press, 1999.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. Old Testament Theology: An Introduction. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2008.
  • Childs, Brevard S. Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.
  • Goldingay, John. Old Testament Theology. Volume One. Israel's Gospel. InterVarsity Press, 2003; Volume Two. Israel's Faith. InterVarsity Press, 2006; Volume Three. Israel’s Life. InterVarsity Press, 2009.
  • Hafeman, Scott J. Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
  • Hamilton, Mark W. Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. New York: Oxford, 2018.
  • Mayes, A. D. H. Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study. Oxford: OUP, 2000.
  • Mead, James K. Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Walton, John H. Old Testament Theology for Christians: From Ancient Context to Enduring Belief. InterVarsity Press, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

900 word summative reflection

0 20.0
Critical Review

1,400 critical review

0 30.0

2,200 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-13 11:04:17 +1100