Reading the Old Testament (Diploma)

Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA0109T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Diploma (AQF 5)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament. It examines matters of canon and translation, the forms of Old Testament literature, historical and theological issues. Texts discussed will deal with creation, flood, law, covenant, kingship, exodus, exile, prophecy, monotheism, divine compassion and justice. The diversity of form and theology within the Old Testament will be stressed and attention given to the relation of interpretation to faith in this context. Students are introduced to the exegesis of Old Testament texts. 
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Describe the main historical, cultural, and theological features of the Old Testament world
  • Locate and use appropriate resources for biblical studies in the library and on the internet
  • Situate a particular text within its theological and literary setting, utilising secondary resources
  • exegete a biblical text using primary and secondary resources.
  • Two quizzes, equivalent to 500 words total (20%)
  • 1,000-word exegetical essay (30%)
  • Forum, equivalent to 500 words (20%)
  • Exam, equivalent to 1,000 words (30%)
Recommended Reading:

*set text recommended for purchase

*NRSV Study Bible such as New Oxford Annotated Bible or Harper Collins Study Bible

Boadt, L.  2nd Ed. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction, Revised and updated by Clifford and Harrington, New York: Paulist, 2012

Brettler, M. Z. How to Read the Bible, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2005.

Collins, J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.

Davis, E. Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament, Cambridge: Cowley, 2001.

Dally, S. Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.