This unit examines biblical literary criticism, with particular regard to the narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible. It explores the nature of literary conventions and devices employed by the biblical authors, such as type-scenes, repetition, characterization and the use of dialogue. The unit considers how literary art enhances the message of the texts, using literary analysis of specific narratives from, among others, the Abraham and Joseph narratives, Judges, Ruth, the stories of Saul’s rise and fall and the story of David’s rise.

Unit Code: BA9007S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a familiarity with a range of literary critical tools


Effectively use literary critical tools in examination of specific texts


Discuss a variety of scholarly approaches to literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible


Critically evaluate the use of biblical narrative in popular culture


Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific narrative text in a rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner, using appropriate literary critical methodology

Unit sequence

BA8001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent


Rotating lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3,500 word essay

3500 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

3,500 word tutorial paper (exegetical)

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 15 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 09:52:30 +1100