This unit will explore the biblical theologies of love and their ethical implications, within the cultural contexts of the ancient world. The focus will be on the themes of love of neighbour and enemy, sexuality and intimacy, election and covenant. The relevance of these themes within modern and postmodern societies will also be discussed, with some reference to contemporary visual arts and music.

Unit code: BS9731W (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Interpret selected texts from both biblical testaments in relation to their cultural context.


Evaluate critically the literature on the biblical love traditions


Analyse the hermeneutical and ethical relevance of biblical love traditions in relation to the student’s own cultural context


Critically evaluate a range of hermeneutical models that inform loving social practices.

Unit sequence

30 points in Field B


Interaction with online resources, including peer discussion forums, lecture MP3s, PPTs, readings.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

1,500 word paper

1500 25.0
Critical Review

Critical reviews totalling 1,500 words

1500 25.0

3,000 word essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-04 13:30:06 +1100