This unit engages with the Book of Genesis with exegesis of selected texts in English translations. Topics covered are: its major sections and unity; discussion of its historical and social context, its major theological themes; and exegesis of selected texts with consideration of artistic, historical and contemporary interpretations.

Unit Code: BA9109T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Analyze and engage with the scholarly debates over the understanding of the book of Genesis as a whole


Interpret the text of Genesis using advanced exegetical skills


Reflect theologically on the text of Genesis and relate that to other biblical studies and theological disciplines


Evaluate critically the origins of various ethical and theological issues in Genesis and their implications for life and church teaching.

Unit sequence

Introduction to the Old Testament (or equivalent)


Twelve weekly sessions. Lecture component (online or in classroom) and tutorial component on exegesis.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay of 2500 words

2500 35.0

Written report based on Tutorial presentation (1000 words)

1000 10.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay (2500 words)

2500 35.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial (or online tutorial forum) presentation and participation (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-09 12:16:38 +1100