Details for Old Testament Foundations

The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with the Old Testament scriptures as a coherent narrative that is of crucial importance to Christians. 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: BIB404
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin



Awards offering Old Testament Foundations

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. Explain how Israel’s Scriptures came into existence and their canonical structure;
  3. Assess the overall historical, cultural and social context of Israel’s Scriptures;
  4. Discuss the contents of Israel’s Scriptures;
  5. Critically summarise and synthesise the key themes, structure and developments of a book of Israel’s Scriptures;
  6. Integrate principles and insights derived from study of Israel’s Scriptures with contemporary life and ministry.

Subject Content

  1. Torah: Creation
  2. Torah: Patriarchs
  3. Torah: Exodus
  4. Former Prophets: Joshua and Judges
  5. Former Prophets: Samuel and Kings
  6. Latter Prophets: Isaiah
  7. Latter Prophets: Jeremiah
  8. Latter Prophets: Ezekiel
  9. Latter Prophets: The Twelve
  10. The Writings

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face
  • Online

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

Assessment Methods

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

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided