Through a consideration of the historical, sociological and theological context in which the Hebrew Scriptures came into existence, this unit will provide the student with an understanding of the major emphases of the texts. In addition, the student will be introduced to themes in the Hebrew Scriptures that find parallels in what has been coined by some as the “Old Testament of Native North America.” This will subsequently be applied to the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts of Australia.

Unit Code: BA9721W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the basic contents of the major sections of the Hebrew Bible, with particular attention to the Torah and historical books


Critically examine the contexts in which the biblical texts emerged in antiquity: historical, social, political, and literary


Articulate the connection between the OT and the student’s ministry setting.


Analyse the contexts in which the scriptures came into existence, in order to identify the significant theological themes they present.


Consider and examine parallels between Hebrew Scriptures and other selected traditional scriptures and rituals.

Unit sequence

This is an elective unit in the NAIITS Indigenous theology program, building on the principles introduced in BN8002


Reading comprehension quizzes, online video-conferenced synchronous discussions, forums, reading exercises


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quizzes/tests 1500 words

0 20.0

Written essay 1500 words

0 20.0
Project Report or Project Journal

4,000 word Project report

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Jan, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-15 14:45:16 +1100