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BA1391B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

  • Unit Code & NameBA1391B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
  • Description

    This unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will seek to introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretative approaches taken up by contemporary scholarship. It develops an understanding of critical exegetical tools, and includes an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials. This unit provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46000
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 1
  • Semester4. Semester 2, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    25 July to 28 October 2022

    There will be four Virtual Classrooms (online) 7:00-8:00pm (Melbourne time). Attendance is required.

    • Monday 25.7.22
    • Monday 15.8.22
    • Monday 5.9.22
    • Monday 10.10.22

    We recommend that you allocate 9 hours a week for all study activities.

  • Lecturer(s) Lt Colonel Dr Terry Grey
  • Prerequisites


  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, seminars, group work

    The learning for this unit is based upon the required text (hence you will need a copy to complete this unit) together with selected set readings. You will be required to complete a workbook for each week throughout semester which will guide you through the readings via a series of questions and learning activities to complete. The completed workbooks also contribute to undertaking the assessment tasks.

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x Summative reflection (800 words) - 20%

    1 x 1,200 word Exegesis of selected text - 30%

    1 x 2,000 word Essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

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

    1.  Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts.

    2.  Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc)

    3.  Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.

    4.  Demonstrate an understanding of different interpretations of biblical texts, and discuss the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context.

  • Text Books

    To undertake this unit you are required to have access to a copy of:

    Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (4th edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

    EBC Library owns multiple copies of this title for semester long loan, on a first in, first served basis – contact EBC librarian.


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    Alternatively, if you have access to the 3rd edition, this will suffice but be aware that it is missing some updated material and the page numbers will be different from those we will use in the student unit guide and workbooks. (Two are available in EBC library.)