This unit engages students with 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 and an educational context. The unit proceeds by identifying and expounding five broad and interrelated themes: our relational God, our suffering God and the atonement, ecology, eschatology, and human sexuality.

Unit Code: BS9120L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

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


Engage in the processes of theological reflection on the contemporary relevance of biblical themes


Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication


Engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Collaborative wiki 1500 words equivalent

0 25.0
Critical Review

Critical review 1800 words equivalent

0 30.0

Essay on an aspect of one topic, drawn from the unit content 2700 words

0 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:55 +1100