This unit will explore the biblical tradition of justice, righteousness and the reign of God and the historical and social situations in which the concept developed. Texts will be used from the Pentateuch, the Psalms, the Prophets and Wisdom Literature as well as selected passages from Qumran Literature. Study of the concept of justice in the NT will focus particularly on the Gospel of Luke, with its emphasis on the reign of God as good news of justice for the poor and oppressed.

Unit Code: BS9116Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the meaning of the concept of justice in both Testaments


Outline the basic links between the concepts of justice and righteousness in the various books of the First Testament


Appraise and analyse continuity and discontinuity in the teaching and practice of justice, righteousness and the reign of God from one Testament to another, with main concentration on the Gospel according to Luke in NT study


Exhibit appropriate skills in biblical interpretation


Identify key words in Hebrew and Greek lexicons and dictionaries, and use the shades of meaning appropriately in both oral and written work.

Unit sequence

Successful completion of at least two foundational unit in Biblical Studies


Lectures, discussion groups, short student presentations, frequent revision activities, use of ppts, and some AV/IT material such as video clips, DVDs, Youtube clips


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2000 word exegetical presentation

0 40.0

4000 word essay

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-25 14:31:28 +1100