This unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will seek to introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretative approaches taken up by contemporary scholarship. It develops an understanding of critical exegetical tools, and includes an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials. This unit provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

Unit code: BA8391B (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts


Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc)


Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.


Distinguish between a variety of interpretations of biblical texts and the assumptions upon which they are based


Assess the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context.


Lectures, seminars, group work


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Summative reflection (1200 words)

1200 20.0

1,800 word exegesis of selected text

1800 30.0

3,000 word Essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-13 14:32:23 +1000