A study of key texts on war and peace selected from Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Isaiah. Attention will be given to the theological influences and implications of these texts.

Unit Code: BA9006W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe selected scholarly theories about human and divine participation in biblical representations of war.


Rigorously exegete a biblical text related to the themes of war or peace.


Reflect critically on the concept of genocide and its applicability in understanding Deuteronomy 20 and Joshua’s conquest narratives.


Analyse the biblical background to notions of ‘just war’ and pacifism.


Demonstrate an ability to research and write using appropriate methods and form at postgraduate level.

Unit sequence

72 points in Foundational Studies, including 24 points Introduction to the Hebrew Bible or equivalent


Lectures, tutorials and online interaction


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical paper of 3000 words

3000 40.0

Essay of 3000 words

3000 40.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper of 2000 words

2000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 09:23:27 +1100