Joshua to Kings: History and Theology

The books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings discuss the key historical and theological factors that led to the Babylonian exile of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, and serve as a basis for understanding the rise and the fall of the monarchies in Israel. This unit aims to build on the basic knowledge and skills of the foundational Biblical Studies unit, focusing in particular on the books Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, with special attention to their literary forms, theological content and historical, cultural and religious setting.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 Credit points in 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 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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