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 Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points





B5001 Survey of the Bible; B5010 Survey of the Old Testament;
B7101 Introduction to Biblical Studies; B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament;
B8101 Biblical Studies Introduction

Learning Outcomes

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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