Details for World of the Old Testament

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB214
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering World of the Old Testament

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

Unit Content


  1. Examine the historical and geographical background and social context of the OT.
  2. Analyse various OT passages and themes through historical-critical exegesis and engagement with a wide variety of primary and secondary sources;
  3. Demonstrate how everyday life in Bible times is reflected in the OT;
  4. Illustrate how the historical, geographical and cultural context of the Israelite community can inform a contemporary application.

Subject Content

  • Exploring the World of the Bible; nuances of culture
  • Building Blocks of Geography; personal and social identity
  • Hills and Plains: Israel and the Philistines; family structures
  • Sand and Salt: the wilderness; shepherds, nomads and the law
  • Benjamin and Jerusalem; food production and hospitality
  • Ephraim, Manasseh and Jordan; international trade and economy
  • Along the Coast: Philistines, Phoenicians and Foreigners; Religions
  • Jezreel Valley; dreams and attempts to know the unknown
  • Akko and Galilee; craft, clothing and music
  • 1Swamp and Sea: Huleh Basin and Sea of Galilee; literacy and education
  • Volcanic Heights: Bashan and Gilead; warfare
  • Ammon, Moab and Edom; illness, death and burial
  • Geography of the Heart; marking time and festivals

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive
  • Extensives

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%)
  • Major Exegesis (50%)
  • Contemporary presentation (30%)

Prescribed Text

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