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B8520 Introduction to Old Testament

  • Unit Code & NameB8520 Introduction to Old Testament
  • DescriptionThis course introduces students to the literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes of the Old Testament. It seeks to provide a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

    This course unit aims to introduce students to the literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes of the Old Testament. It seeks to provide a foundation for further biblical and theological study.
  • DisciplineBiblical Studies
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester1, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • DateOptional participation
    Tuesdays 7.30-8.30 pm, AEDST:
    7 and 21 February, 7 and 28 March;
    7.30-8.30 pm, AEST: 11 April

  • PrerequisitesExcludes B8510
  • Learning ActivitiesEngagement with set readings and lesson notes, answering tutorial questions, and participation in online tutorials.
  • AssessmentsA short paper (review of some readings), a thematic essay on a topic of choice, and an exegetical essay.
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the overall structure and contents of the Old Testament
    2. Identify the literary shape, themes, social and historical background of the individual books of the Old Testament
    3. Employ critical methodologies in the interpretation of Old Testament texts
    4. Access secondary literature
    5. Convey the relevance of the Old Testament to Christian life and the contemporary world