This unit will examine how the Old Testament portrays God as just, righteous, and merciful and the criteria whereby Israel is called to be a just, righteous and merciful society. It will consist of an analysis of justice, righteousness, and mercy, and associated terminology within their literary, historical and theological contexts. It will consider how these terms and the contexts in which they occur contribute to Theodicy—the notion of God as just.

Unit Code: BA9500C

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


Apply advanced exegetical skills to the understanding of key theological terms in the Old Testament.


Demonstrate an ability to grasp the meaning of the relevant biblical terminology.


Critically assess the relationship between terms occurring in different contexts with a view to constructing a theology.


Demonstrate an accurate understanding of different scholarly views on justice and mercy in the Old Testament and an ability to assess them critically.


Show a critical understanding of the issues involved in constructing a Theology of Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament.


Develop a critically rigorous, sustained, and self-directed piece of research into one or more of the key theological terms employed to convey justice and mercy in the Old Testament

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and class discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

30-minute seminar

0 30.0

5,000-word essay

5000 70.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 10:12:05 +1000