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Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

This foundational unit will provide an overview of the Hebrew Bible taking into account its historical, cultural and literary contexts. It will introduce students to the major theological themes of the Hebrew Bible and the interpretive approaches used by contemporary scholars. Students will gain an understanding of critical exegetical tools and an introduction to the context and interpretation of selected texts in the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic history, the prophetic tradition, and wisdom materials.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the general literary structures and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures, and major theological themes in their socio-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate ability to use tools for biblical interpretation (dictionaries, lexica, commentaries, monographs, journals, etc).
  • Apply critical methodologies in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different interpretations of biblical texts, and discuss the continuing significance of the text for the contemporary context.



Lt Colonel Dr Terry Grey has been a Salvation Army officer for 30 years, spending almost half of that time within The Salvation Army colleges. He currently holds the position of Academic Dean for the Higher Education Stream of Eva Burrows College. Terry is interested in the intersection between faith as a follower of Jesus, culture, faith practices and theological reflection. His PhD thesis focussed on Wisdom material and Christology in the biblical period, while his more recent EdD thesis explored the identity formation of Salvation Army officers from a post structural perspective.

Mode of Delivery

This unit is delivered online on ARK, the Learning Management System for all our higher education study. Login details for this unit will be accessible to students on confirmation of enrolment into an award or the unit.


To study online, you will need to find around 9 hours per week for readings, activities and assessments for each unit. To learn more visit our Online Campus page.


Browne, M. Neal and Stuart M. Keeley. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. Global ed. Essex: Pearson Education Limited, 2014. Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: a Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. (4th edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Unit Costs

This undergraduate unit costs approx. $1,861, which is determined by the University of Divinity and reviewed annually. You could also study this unit as a non-award student (audit) at the cost of $500. Non-credit study is for students who wish to study a unit but not participate in formal assessments. Fees are consistent for domestic and international students. International students are charged a separate application fee of $300 (plus GST) upon enrolment. Students who meet eligibility criteria may be eligible for AUSTUDY and FEE-HELP assistance. 

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