Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA3100T (Class based)/BA3109T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (level 3)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: At least two units of Biblical Studies, one in Old Testament
Content: This unit engages with the Book of Genesis. Topics covered are: its major sections and unity; discussion of its historical and social context, its major theological themes; exegesis of selected texts with consideration of artistic, historical and contemporary interpretations of a number of these.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • articulate the scholarly debates over the understanding of the book of Genesis as a whole
  • interpret the text of Genesis using advanced exegetical skills
  • reflect theologically on the text of Genesis and relate that to other biblical studies and theological disciplines
  • explain the origins of various ethical and theological issues in Genesis and their implications for church life and teaching.
  • 2,000-word exegetical essay (40%)
  • 2,000-word essay (40%)
  • Tutorial report, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

*set texts recommended for purchase

Arnold, Bill T. Genesis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Brenner, Athalya. ed. A Feminist Companion to Genesis. Vols 1-2. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 1997/1998.

Paulson, Graham and Mark G. Brett. Five Smooth Stones: Reading the Bible through Aboriginal Eyes. Colloq 45, no. 2 (2013): 199-214.

*Brueggemann, W. Genesis. Atlanta: John Knox, 1982.

*Enns, Pete and Jared Byas. Genesis for Normal People. Englewood, CO: Patheos Press, 2012.

Habel, Norman C. The Birth, The Curse and The Greening of Earth: An Ecological Reading Of Genesis 1-11. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Hendel, Ronald. The Book of Genesis: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Hendel, Ronald S. Genesis 1-11 and Its Mesopotamian Problem. Pages 23-36 in Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity. Edited by Erich S. Gruen. Stuttgart: Frantz Steiner, 2005.

Provan, Iain W. Seriously Dangerous Religion. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Warner, Megan. ‘Therefore a Man Leaves His Father and His Mother and Clings to His Wife’: Marriage and Intermarriage in Genesis 2:24. Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 136, no. 2, 2017, pp. 269–88.