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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 Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

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

  1. Analyse the major narratives, themes and structures of the books of the Old Testament

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

  3. Integrate significant secondary literature into a formal critical essay on the text of the Old Testament

  4. Utilise skills of historical-critical exegesis in the interpretation of Old Testament texts

  5. Apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within a range of contexts.

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  1. Contents of the Old Testament

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

  3. The literary nature of the Old Testament

  4. Key methodologies and approaches to Biblical interpretation and critical issues

  5. Developing skills in exegesis and writing an exegetical essay

  6. Identification and analysis of key Old Testament themes


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