Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Outline a brief survey of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) including some key events and characters
- Identify and describe different types of biblical literature found in the Hebrew Bible
- Use tools for Biblical interpretation for selected Hebrew Bible texts including dictionaries, commentaries and surveys
- Analyse selected Biblical texts in order to determine their probable authorial intent
- Assess the relevance and applicability of selected Biblical texts in relation to personal and contemporary concerns
- Two exegetical exercises (each 750 words) (50%)
- One thematic essay (1,500 words) (50%)
- Brueggemann, W., An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003.
- Campbell, Antony SJ. Experiencing Scripture. Adelaide: ATF, 2012
- Collins, J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis, Fortress, 2004.
- Coggins, R and J L Houlden (eds.) A dictionary of biblical interpretation. London: SCM, 1990.
- Finzel, H. Unlocking the Scripture: Three Steps to Personal Bible Study. Colorado Springs, Victor, 2003.
- Gravett, Sandra L., Karla G. Bohmbach, F. V. Greifenhagen and Donald L. Polaski. An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach. Louisville/London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008
- Gorman, M.J., Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Peabody: Hendrickson, rev. edn, 2009.
- Knight, Douglas A. and Amy-Jill Levine. The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach us. New York: Harper One, 2011
- Motyer, Alex. Roots: Let The Old Testament Speak. Ross-Shire, Christian Focus, 2009.
- Smith-Christopher, D., The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith & Justice. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2007.
Set texts recommended for purchase: Nil