As an introduction to the Old Testament this unit offers an overview of the textual, cultural, literary and theological features of the literature of the Old Testament. The student is introduced to topics such as inspiration, the formation of the Old Testament canon, historical backgrounds and issues, analytical approaches used in biblical studies, and the relation of interpretation to faith in this context

Unit Code: BA8101L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate working knowledge of the textual, cultural, literary, religious and theological features and historical contexts of the writings of the Old Testament


Effectively use primary and secondary sources in researching Old Testament books and themes


Articulate and discuss the shape and significance of the Old Testament canon


Analyse and interpret biblical texts and their significance for Christian faith, doctrine and life


The unit is structured according to the major subdivisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophets, and Writings) according to a weekly routine of discreet topics. Each week students asynchronously engage structured readings, online instructional videos, and online interactive resources, and participate in a weekly synchronous seminar with the instructor and their peers (via video-conferencing software). The unit’s assessment framework utilises discussion forum software in ARK for collaborative learning and critique, and weekly quizzes that provide feedback.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Weekly Quizzes (30 minutes, 900 words)

900 10.0

Stage A: Draft essay & graded forum Stage B: Essay

1000 15.0

Stage A: Draft essay & graded forum Stage B: Essay

1000 15.0

Stage A: Draft essay & graded forum Stage B: Essay

1000 15.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 16:28:52 +1100