The Pentateuch

At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB210
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:


Awards offering The Pentateuch

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit examines the literary and ideological themes and structures evident in the Pentateuch, with particular focus on the world it constructs and the influences it exerts on the remainder of the OT and modern culture


  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the world of the Pentateuch, including its composition, themes, content, message, characters, and ideology
  2. Examine both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives
  3. Explain the narrative and legal techniques used in the Pentateuch
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Pentateuch within the context of the contemporary church

Subject Content

  1. Genesis 12-25
  2. Genesis 26-50
  3. Exodus 1-15
  4. Exodus 16-40
  5. Leviticus 1-16
  6. Leviticus 17-27
  7. Numbers 1-10
  8. Numbers 11-36
  9. Deuteronomy 1-11
  10. Deuteronomy 12-34

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Representative References

  • Primary readings provided