Details for Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)

The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with Israel's Scriptures as a coherent narrative that is of crucial importance to Christians (pun intended!). While this subject includes a discussion of every book in Israel's Scriptures, it goes beyond this to look at how the character of God is communicated and traces significant themes throughout. We will also look at how to read Hebrew narrative and poetry, and at the influence of cultural background on interpretation.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB102
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Adam White

Awards offering Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe the overall content, storyline and significance of Israel’s Scriptures (Old Testament);
  2. Outline how Israel’s Scriptures came into existence and their canonical structure;
  3. Define the overall historical, cultural and social context of Israel’s Scriptures;
  4. Examine the contents of Israel’s Scriptures.
  5. Summarise the key themes, structure and developments of a book of Israel’s Scriptures;
  6. Discuss principles and insights derived from study of Israel’s Scriptures for contemporary life and ministry;

Subject Content

  1. Torah: Genesis and Exodus
  2. Torah: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  3. Former Prophets: Joshua and Judges
  4. Former Prophets: Samuel and Kings
  5. Latter Prophets: Isaiah
  6. Latter Prophets: Jeremiah
  7. Latter Prophets: Ezekiel
  8. Latter Prophets: The Twelve
  9. The Writings

Assessment Methods

  • Tests (40%)
  • Diagrammatic Summary (45%)
  • Personal Reflection (15%)
  • Readings

Prescribed Text

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