This unit engages with the Book of Genesis with exegesis of selected texts in Biblical Hebrew. 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: BA9110T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the scholarly debates over the understanding of the book of Genesis as a whole;


Exegete the Hebrew text of selected texts from Genesis with advanced knowledge of the Biblical Hebrew language


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


Explain 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; Biblical Hebrew A and Biblical Hebrew B (or equivalent)


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay of 3000 words

3000 40.0

Weekly text translation preparation (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Midsemester Hebrew language exegesis assignment (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Final Hebrew Language exegesis assignment (1500 words)

1500 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-09 13:12:51 +1100