This unit explores the literary forms, traditions (oral and written) and central theological themes of the Pentateuch. Students will examine chosen pentateuchal passages in the light of source criticism, form criticism, narrative criticism, and reception history. They will develop familiarity with ancient and modern interpretations of the Pentateuch developed by Jewish and Christian exegetes. Attention will be given to both narrative and legal texts and to theological links between the Pentateuch and the New Testament. The unit will demonstrate the enduring relevance of pentateuchal texts to contemporary society and the church.

Unit Code: BA9100C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically examine pentateuchal texts using detailed exegesis, appropriate methods, and secondary literature.


Compare and assess scholarly proposals of the origin and growth of the Pentateuch.


Raise and respond to questions about fundamental concepts and approaches in the study of the Pentateuch.


Reflect theologically on key themes in the Pentateuch, elucidating contemporary insights for society and the church.


Communicate deliberated conclusions from research of scholarly debate on interpretative issues in the Pentateuch.


Produce critical biblical research in pentateuchal studies.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Classes consist of interactive lectures, reading and analysing biblical texts, as well as discussions and seminars.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option 1 1 x 7,000-word exegetical essay 100% Week 14 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Option 2 2,000-word case study (exegetical) 35% Week 6 1, 2 2,000-word book review 25% Week 10 3, 5 3,000-word exegetical essay 40% Week 16 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 Option 3 2,000-word case study (exegetical) 30% Week 6 1, 2 30-minute seminar or tutorial 30% Week 10 3, 5 3,000-word exegetical essay 40% Week 16 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

6000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 09:09:50 +1000