Introduction to the Old Testament

The unit Introduction to the Old Testament 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.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points





B7101 Introduction to Biblical Studies; B8101 Introduction to Biblical Studies;
B8110 Introduction to the Old Testament.

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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