This unit will investigate the connection between Biblical interpretation and social transformation. Traditional historical critical, literary and contemporary ideological approaches to Scripture will be explored. The applicability of these approaches to contemporary contexts, with attention given to political, cultural and environmental spheres of life, will be considered.

Unit code: BA9012S (Approved)

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 competency in the use of relevant tools for biblical studies, such as commentaries, theological and bible dictionaries, lexicons, journals and digital resources, and primary sources


Engage a variety of exegetical methods in the analysis of biblical texts.


Identify and describe historical, cultural, social, and literary contexts of biblical texts


Explain how the relationship between texts and readers affects the interpretation and application of biblical texts


Demonstrate research skills and critical insight in engaging biblical texts for specific contemporary contexts.

Unit sequence

BA8011S Justice in the Old Testament or an equivalent foundational unit in Biblical Studies


Lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Online Quiz (exegetical terminology)

0 10.0

Minor essay (thematic) 2500 words

2500 30.0
Exegetical Essay

Major essay (exegetical) 3500 words

3500 40.0

Forum Posts – Forum Posts – 2 submitted posts (450 words each) responding to case studies or reading plus 2 responses (50 words each) to other student’s posts – 1000 words.

1000 20.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-23 14:09:29 +1100