This unit is based on an examination of the “Former Prophets” or “Historical Books” (Joshua–2 Kings) as a key representative of historiography in the Old Testament. It will involve a consideration of the hypothesis of a Deuteronomistic History, identified in Deuteronomy–2 Kings. The other key representative of Old Testament historiography (1 and 2 Chronicles) will also be examined, especially where it parallels texts in the Former Prophets. The unit will consider Israelite and Ancient Near Eastern notions of history and examine contemporary issues, problems and methods associated with the interpretation of such literature.

Unit Code: BA9200C

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


Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the exegetical and research skills required for the study of the Historical Literature


Apply advanced exegetical skills to the analysis of the Historical Literature.


Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the range of approaches adopted by contemporary critical study of the Historical Literature.


Evaluate in a critical manner the issues associated with contemporary study of the Historical Literature.


Construct and present a critical exegesis of a text within the Historical Literature.


Communicate and critically assess conclusions from scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Historical Literature.


Relate their analysis of the Historical Literature to the larger Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and class discussion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2500-word exegesis

2500 35.0

4,500-word essay

4500 65.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 09:15:05 +1000