Survey of the Old Testament

The unit Survey of the Old Testament introduces students to the formal study of the Old Testament, its contents, its historical and cultural contexts, and its theological themes. It provides a 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





B5101 Survey of Biblical Studies; and B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Summarise the main contents of the books of the Old Testament
  • State in general terms the main historical, social and cultural factors that provided the context of the composition of the Old Testament
  • Engage with introductory secondary literature in the study of the Old Testament
  • Utilise basic skills in exegesis of Old Testament texts
  • Apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within a specific life or ministry context.
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