This unit focuses on the Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and the history of the period known as the Intertestamental period, which saw important and noteworthy events and changes in thought over a span of 300 years before the Christian era. These developments molded the Jewish faith of the first century and saw the beginning of Christianity within that milieu. This unit will familiarize students to the broad contours of the history of the period, the challenges of the time and the manner in which Judaism was responding to these theological, religious and social developments. The unit will also introduce the student to the literature of this period and attend to the ways in which Hebrew thought and faith changed and adapted to changed needs and how they influenced the shaping of early Christian faith, ethics and piety and continue to sway influence on us today

Unit Code: BS9060P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Exhibit an understanding and advanced knowledge of the Intertestamental period and the literature of the time.


Demonstrate critical awareness of the cultural, social, historical, literary, religious, and theological issues pertaining to the period and the literature of the time.


Practice methodological skills in Scriptural interpretation


Gain competency in exegesis of the Bible and in an understanding of the development of Scriptural theology and ethics


Discern and assess the relevance of the messages of this literature to the contemporary context of church and society

Unit sequence

A prerequisite is a foundational unit in the Hebrew Bible or in the New Testament


Assigned readings; Lectures; Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay – 3500 Words

3500 50.0

Essay – on a book in the Apocrypha 3500 words

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-18 12:32:48 +1100