This unit provides an introduction to the discipline of biblical theology, which integrates the contents and theological themes of the Old and New Testaments as the essential foundation for Christian faith, life, and ministry. It provides an opportunity for students to listen to the text in fresh ways—not just its harmonies, but also its creative dissonances. Students will be challenged and nurtured to think theologically and pastorally about these themes (and others), and to reflect critically on the claims of Christian faith regarding the contemporary world. The unit proceeds by identifying and expounding broad and interrelated themes: our relational God, our suffering God and the atonement, our troubling God, eschatology, and God and human sexuality.

Unit Code: BS3220L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the unity-in-diversity of significant theological themes and patterns discerned in the biblical text of both testaments and in Christian tradition


Undertake critical analysis of selected biblical themes


Use a range of hermeneutical approaches in identifying and interpreting the interplay of biblical themes and variations, harmonies and dissonances


Discuss biblical themes and evaluate their contemporary relevance


Reflect critically and apply insights about God and humanity to other themes in the Old and New Testaments in a theological and pastoral manner

Unit sequence

At least 30 credit points in Field B—Biblical Studies (BS) In addition, at least 15 credit points in Field C—Systematic Theology (CT) is desirable


Lectures, tutorials, student presentations in class


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated bibliography Level 3: 1500 words equivalent

0 30.0

Essay on an aspect of one topic, drawn from the unit content Level 3: 1500 words

0 30.0

Essay on an aspect of one topic, drawn from the unit content Level 3: 2000 words

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:51 +1100