Old Testament Historical Books

This unit builds on any Biblical Studies Introductory Course Unit and contributes towards the sub-major sequence in Biblical Studies. It examines the background and content of the historical books, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings, comparing them with the books of Chronicles. It discusses the exegetical methods used in the unit, the historical, geographical, social and religious background of these books, and the Identification and evaluation of different literary forms. Theological motifs in these books are considered accompanied by exegetical study of selected texts.

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. examine the background, content, and theological motifs of the Old Testament historical books.
  2. employ the exegetical methods applied to the study of these books
  3. identify different literary forms found in these books
  4. display the ability to exegete selected passages
  5. demonstrate the application of a theme or text to a contemporary audience or community
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