This unit explores the world of the Old Testament and demonstrates its enduring relevance. It provides insights into the diverse historical, cultural, social, and literary contexts of Old Testament literature. Through the study of selected biblical passages, students engage with various methods of interpretation, integrate perspectives of faith and reason, and discover pastoral and educational applications of these ancient texts for today. The unit also examines thematic and theological links between the Old and New Testaments. (This unit may be offered in intensive or online mode.)
Identify the literary structure of the Old Testament, its narrative story line, key persons, institutions, events, and theological themes.
Use biblical commentaries and dictionaries to analyse theological concepts, persons, and historical events related to the Old Testament.
Critically examine secondary academic literature related to the Old Testament.
Reflect on Old Testament theological themes, their development in New Testament literature, and elucidate their relevance to contemporary society and the church.
Undertake research concerning Old Testament texts in a critical manner applying appropriate interpretative tools.
Classes consist of interactive lectures, reading and analysing biblical texts, as well as discussions and seminars (in each case, presented in modes appropriate for face-to-face or online learning contexts)
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 10:29:18 +1000