Joshua to Kings: History and Theology

The unit Joshua to Kings: History and Theology enables students to extend their critical abilities in biblical research by studying in close detail the books Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings, with special attention to their literary forms, theological content, and historical, cultural and religious setting. As an Advanced Elective unit, it 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)


B7220 Old Testament Historical Books

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 Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings
  2. Provide a cogent understanding of the importance of the books of Joshua to Kings 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 Joshua to Kings
  4. Produce a scholarly exercise in the exegesis of selected Old Testament texts
  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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