This unit will consider selected themes and texts from the Pentateuch, including: issues of authorship and audience, society, geography, theology, genre, literary devices, major themes and contemporary application issues.

Unit Code: BA8106L

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


Engage with scholarly debates over understanding the books of the Pentateuch


Discuss major theological themes of the Pentateuch and its individual books, and their broader canonical echoes


Critically analyse the relevance of pentateuchal texts and themes for the church and world today


Demonstrate exegetical skills in the analysis of pentateuchal texts; for students with Hebrew this includes but is not limited to an ability to function readily with the Hebrew language


Synthesise key theological messages of a pericope in the Pentateuch and defend the synthesis through rigorous exegetical analysis

Unit sequence

BA8001L Introduction to the Old Testament or equivalent Previous units in Hebrew are desirable Prohibited combinations: BA3006L The Pentateuch


Lectures, tutorials, class presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

Part A: Tutorial paper (on a Pentateuchal theme) 500 words

5000 10.0

Essay (on a Pentateuchal theme) 1500 words

1500 30.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegesis Category A (Hebrew) Category B (non-Hebrew) 5000 words

5000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 16:29:04 +1100