Interpreting the Pentateuch

The unit Interpreting the Pentateuch builds on and deepens the knowledge and skills of the foundational Biblical Studies unit. Close critical attention is paid to the literary forms and the historical and theological content of the Pentateuch, and analysis is made of its cultural and political background. As an Advanced Elective unit, this unit builds on the critical skills formed in pre-requisite study and forms a part of a Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.


Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points of Level 8100 B units



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a thorough and informed knowledge of the contents of the books of the Pentateuch and how the books fit together.
  2. Investigate and analyse scholarly theories as to how the Pentateuch developed over time.
  3. Reflect critically in light of recent scholarship on the theological contents of the Pentateuch.
  4. Utilise the skills attained to do an advanced exegesis of select passages from the Pentateuch.
  5. Apply what has been learnt concerning the development and expression of Israel’s faith to Christian ministry and life in the contemporary world.
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