Israel’s Beginnings: The books of Genesis and Exodus

The unit Israel’s Beginnings: The Books of Genesis and Exodus builds on the basic knowledge and skills of the foundational Biblical Studies unit, focusing in particular on the books of Genesis and Exodus, with special attention to their literary forms, theological content, and historical, cultural and religious setting. 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 (Biblical Studies)



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate a cohesive knowledge of the historical and theological elements of the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus
  2. Provide a cogent understanding of the importance of the books of Genesis and Exodus for Old Testament faith and Israelite identity.
  3. Evaluate critically a range of recent secondary literature resources related to the history and theology of the books of Genesis and Exodus
  4. Produce a scholarly exercise in the exegesis of selected texts from Genesis and Exodus
  5. Apply a critical appreciation of Joshua to Kings as expressions of Israel’s faith in God’s action in history to Christian life and worship in the present era.
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