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
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nathan Wolski


The unit begins with a survey of the Hebrew Scriptures as viewed in their ancient Near Eastern historical and cultural setting, and proceeds to examine the Greek Scriptures or New Testament, which are situated in their Jewish, Greek and apocalyptic contexts. 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, as will issues of authorship and cannonisation.


Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. understand the foundational beliefs of the Bible.
  2. understand the Hebrew Scriptures in their ancient Near Eastern context, and the Christian Scriptures in their Jewish, Greek and intertestamental contexts.
  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.).


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2585, ATS3585