The Old Testament in Context

The unit The Old Testament in Context (CALD) introduces students to the critical study of the Old Testament, its literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes. It enables them to apply the Old Testament text and theology to their own cultural context. It provides a solid foundation for further biblical and theological study—both generally and within an applied cultural context—and forms part of a Major in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

This unit is available only to candidates enrolled in the BTh/BMin (CALD Stream).

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points





B7101 Introduction to Biblical Studies, B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Present culturally comprehensible statements of the major contents of the books of the Old Testament
  2. Identify the main historical, social and cultural factors that provided the context of the composition of the Old Testament and relate these key biblical contextual factors to their own intellectual and social context.
  3. Engage critically with significant introductory secondary literature in the study of the Old Testament
  4. Utilise basic skills in performing historical-critical exegesis of Old Testament texts
  5. Apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within their own distinct cultural context.
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