Details for World of the Old Testament

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB534
  • 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. Evaluate and reconstruct the historical and geographical background and social context of the OT.
  2. Critically analyse and discuss various OT passages and themes through historical-critical exegesis and engagement with a wide variety of primary and secondary sources;
  3. Examine and exegete the OT in light of everyday life in Bible times;
  4. Illustrate in-depth how the historical, geographical and cultural context of the Israelite community can inform a contemporary application.

Subject Content

  • Nuances of culture
  • Personal and social identity
  • Family structures
  • Shepherds, nomads and the law
  • Food production and hospitality
  • International trade and economy
  • Neighbours and religions
  • Dreams and attempts to know the unknown
  • Craft, clothing and music
  • Literacy and education
  • Warfare
  • Illness, death and burial
  • 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

Wright, Paul H. Holman Illustrated Guide to Biblical Geography : Reading the Land. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 2020.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks.