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Course Summary

This course unit introduces students to the critical study of the Old Testament, its literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes. It provides a solid foundation for further biblical and theological study and forms part of a Major in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Present clear statements of the major contents of the books of the Old Testament

  2. Identify the main historical, social and cultural factors that provided the context of the composition of the Old Testament

  3. Engage critically with significant introductory secondary literature in the study of the Old Testament

  4. Utilise basic skills in performing historical-critical exegesis of Old Testament texts

  5. Apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within their particular context.

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  1. Outline of the books of the Old Testament

  2. Historical, cultural, political and religious contexts of the Old Testament materials

  3. Approaching the books of the Old Testament as literary works

  4. Key methodologies of Biblical interpretation

  5. Developing skills in exegesis and writing an exegetical essay

  6. Key Old Testament themes


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