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Old Testament and its World (THE506)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to the varied literature of the Old Testament, written over the course of hundreds of years and reflecting a diversity of situations and experiences. These ancient Hebrew texts will be situated in their original historical contexts to enable a fresh encounter with this literature which has had such an influential impact on world history. Throughout this unit students will be introduced to methods and issues in modern study of the Old Testament.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
L01 Describe the main features of the historical background to the texts of the Old Testament, including its social, political and religious dimensions
L02 Outline the contents and major themes of Old Testament literature
L03 Explain and apply scholarly theories about the formation of these writings
L04 Show proficiency in using historical critical methodologies
L05 Display critical and close reading skills in the analysis of Old Testament texts
L06 Display basic research tasks, including critically engaging with specialist literature on the Old Testament
L07 Demonstrate effective communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students learn through critical engagement with both biblical texts and secondary reading. Interpretive insights of the biblical text and its background are refined through in-class discussion and the possibility of participating in online forums. Skills in biblical exegesis are cultivated by looking at certain texts in detail using appropriate lexical and commentary aids.
Assessment There are three components: an exegetical research essay on an Old Testament text (35%); weekly participation in class and/or, short (200 word) summary of issues (30%), a two hour examination (35%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate-level study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Theology (GradCertTheol)
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Suzanne Boorer
Senior Lecturer Old Testament

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6141
e: S.Boorer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.040 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Suzanne Boorer
Senior Lecturer Old Testament

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6141
e: S.Boorer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.040 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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