This unit will provide the student with a general introduction to the historical, sociological, and theological context in which the Hebrew Scriptures came into existence, and an understanding of the major theological emphases in the texts. In addition, the student will also learn and engage the themes of community life and praxis in the Hebrew Scriptures that find parallels in historical Indigenous worldviews of creation and Creator. Community understandings, models and paradigms will be used as a basis for comparison.

Unit code: BA9721W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Old Testament

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.


Identify and critically engage with theological themes in the Hebrew Bible


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


Articulate the connection between the Hebrew Scriptures and the student’s ministry setting.

Unit sequence

This is a NAIITS Indigenous theology coursework program unit


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

Indicative Bibliography

  • Boer, Roland. Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: the next step. Vol. 70. SBL Press, 2013.
  • Brett, Mark G. Decolonizing God-The Bible in the Tides of Empire. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.
  • Collins, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2nd edition, 2014
  • Elsmore, Bronwyn. Like them that dream: The Maori and the old testament. Oratia Media Ltd, 2015.
  • Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn, ed. The Torah: A Women's Commentary. CCAR Press, 2017.
  • Gossai, Hemchand ed. Postcolonial Commentary and the Old Testament New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • Sanneh, Lamin O. Whose Religion Is Christianity? : The Gospel Beyond the West. Grand Rapids Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2003.
  • Woodley, Randy. Shalom and the community of creation: An indigenous vision. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review - One 1000 word Book Review

Reading and Discussion of Textbook

1000 10.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper - Six 250 word discussion responses of virtual lectures

Six 250 word discussion responses of virtual lectures

1500 30.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - Two 250 word Hebrew Scriptures Literacy Quizzes

Quizzes/tests 500 words

500 10.0
Exegesis - One 1500 word exegesis Ancient Stories / Modern Relevance

Ancient Stories / Modern Relevance

1500 20.0
Personal Reflection - One 3000 Applied or Academic Project

Applied or Academic Project

3500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 7 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-07 09:49:39 +1100