Advanced Studies in the Old Testament

10 Units

This course has a focus on the background and literature of the Old Testament. The history, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours from the period 'before Abraham' to 4 BCE. Special reference to the Pentateuch and the Prophets will be made.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered


Upon completion of this course students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of key features of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Old Testament.
  2. Explain the importance of the Exodus as the watermark of Jewish faith and the birth of a nation.
  3. Describe the circumstances of the Exile, the role of the prophets and the contribution of the Exile to the development of the Biblical text.
  4. Exegete selected Old Testament texts.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the Old Testament as a literary account of God’s action in Israel’s history.

Themes will include:

  1. History, geography, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours.
  2. The contribution of archaeology and the literature of the Bible with special reference to the Torah and the ‘major’ Prophets.
  3. The Bible as an expression of religious beliefs.
  4. Exegetical method, applied to selected passages.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6004
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6004 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6004.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 - 1000-1500 words (20%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 - 2000-2500 words (40%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 3 - 2000-2500 words (40%)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60042

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