This unit is an introduction to the diversity of the texts and traditions of the Hebrew Bible. The unit will explore different historical, geographical, literary and traditional contexts of the Hebrew Bible through a detailed exploration of specific texts; introduce modern schools of study, as well history of research into the Hebrew Bible; and enable students to develop a familiarity with exegetical tools and methods, using problem-based learning.

Unit code: BA8001S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Describe and discuss the historical and social world of the Hebrew Bible


Demonstrate competence with a range of interpretive approaches to the Hebrew Bible


Effectively use the tools for biblical interpretation: lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, journals, monographs and primary sources


Demonstrate a critical awareness of the history of Hebrew Bible research, and critique a range of current scholarly approaches


Analyse and apply theological and hermeneutical applications of the Hebrew Bible to their current context.


Rotating lecture/ discussion/ group work

Indicative Bibliography

  • Baker, D. Tight fists or open hands? Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Birch, B. et al. Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville, Abingdon, 2005.
  • Broyles, C. (ed). Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis. Grand Rapids, Baker, 2001.
  • Brueggemann, B. Old Testament Theology: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy. Minneapolis, Fortress, 1997.
  • Campbell, Antony SJ. Experiencing Scripture. Adelaide: ATF: 2012.
  • Collins, J. A short introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, Fortress, 2014. (recommended for purchase)
  • Fretheim, T. God & world in the Old Testament. Nashville, Abingdon, 2005.
  • Hanson, P. The People Called. London, Harper & Row, 1986.
  • Matthews, V, & D. Benjamin, Social world of Ancient Israel 1250-587 BCE. Peabody, Hendrickson, 1993.
  • Rogerson, J, & P. Davies. The Old Testament World. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • Steussy, M. (ed). Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament. St. Louis, Chalice, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

One 3000 word exegetical essay

0 50.0
Critical Review

One 1000 word critical reflection on set reading

0 10.0

One 2000 word essay

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-13 11:38:54 +1100