Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Nathan Wolski


Previously coded HSY2265


This unit provides a survey of the Hebrew Scriptures as viewed in their ancient Near Eastern historical and cultural setting and as interpreted by modern biblical scholarship. Particular attention will be devoted to the Bible as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel. Topics examined include an exploration of the core beliefs of the Bible regarding creation, revelation and redemption and the problem of evil and suffering as well as conceptions of divinity, prophecy, law and cult. The art of biblical narrative and poetry will also be explored.


n completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. understand the foundational beliefs of the Bible.
  2. understand the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context.
  3. appreciate the diversity of Biblical literature and demonstrate familiarity with the different genres of Biblical literature.
  4. appreciate the literary sophistication of Biblical texts.
  5. read and interpret select Biblical texts.
  6. demonstrate familiarity with the key institutions of Ancient Israelite religious life.
  7. demonstrate a familiarity with the key debates in modern scholarship concerning the compositional history of the Bible.
  8. demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary approaches to reading the Bible (eg, literary, feminist etc.).


Written work: 40%
Test: 40%
Participation: 20%

Contact hours

1 hour lecture followed by a 90 minute seminar

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year sequence in Jewish Civilisation or Religion and Theology or Archaeology and Ancient Histroy or Philosophy; or by special permission