This unit offers an Introduction to the literature of the Old Testament and a study of the history and geography of biblical Israel. The topics covered include: manuscripts of the Holy Bible, development of the Old Testament Canon and translation. Students will be introduced to the study of the Old Testament and its different genres, comparing modern and patristic methodologies of interpreting the Old Testament. Students will study an overview of all books of the Old Testament.

Unit code: BA8100A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Identify of the contents of the Old Testament and its various genres


Evaluate the importance of the study of the Old Testament, the origins of its writings, and how the books of the Old Testament were adopted by the church


Explain the basic historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds of the ancient world of the bible


Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the Old Testament


Formulate an exegetical study of Old Testament passages by applying a variety of biblical interpretive methods.


Synchronous and asynchronous. Pre-recorded lectures, zoom tutorials, and guided reading.

Indicative Bibliography

Arnold, Bill T, and Bryan E Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament (Encountering Biblical Studies): A Christian Survey. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.

Bandstra, Barry L. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Cengage Learning, 2009.

Boadt, Lawrence, Richard J. Clifford, and Daniel J. Harrington. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. 2nd ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.

Broyles, Craig C. Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2001.

Drane, John William. Introducing the Old Testament. Rev. ed. Oxford: Lion Pub., 2000.

Evans, Craig A., and Emanuel Tov. Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2008.

Hayes, John Haralson, and James Maxwell Miller. Israelite and Judaean History. London. Philadelphia: SCM Press; Trinity Press International, 1990.

Krentz, Edgar. The Historical-Critical Method. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975.

Matthews, Victor Harold. A Brief History of Ancient Israel. 1st ed. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Stuart, Douglas K. Old Testament Exegesis: a Handbook for Students and Pastors. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

5 forum posts. Equiv. 2000 words.

2000 30.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

2 quizzes. Equiv. 2000 words.

2000 30.0

Exegetical essay. Equiv. 3000 words.

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 14 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-14 15:20:38 +1100