Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course has a focus on the background and literature of the Hebrew Bible, commonly referred to as the Old Testament. It includes a close consideration of the history, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours from the period 'before Abraham' to 4 BCE. Out of this backdrop, students will engage in the critical study of selected books within this part of the Bible.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6004. Students who have successfully completed THEO6004 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6004.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of key features of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Hebrew Bible.

2. Explain the importance of the Exodus as the watermark of Jewish faith and the birth of a nation.

3. Describe the circumstances of the Exile, the role of the prophets and the contribution of the Exile to the development of the Biblical text.

4. Exegete selected Hebrew Bible texts.

5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the Old Testament as a theological expression of Israel's history.


The course will be organised around the following themes:

  1. History, geography, religion and culture of Israel and her neighbours.
  2. The contribution of archaeology and the literature of the Bible with special reference to the Torah and the 'major' Prophets.
  3. The Hebrew Bible as an expression of religious beliefs.
  4. Exegetical method, applied to selected passages.


This course replaces THEO6004. If you have successfully completed THEO6004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 3