Units (Subjects)

Interpreting Samuel for Today

AQF: 8/9, Prerequisites: 2 x OT foundational units

* Please note: Due to COVID-19, the lecture week will be in 'off-campus mode', that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.*

OT042-812i/912i  + OT205-912i (Capstone)

1 & 2 Samuel are often seen as the most literarily sophisticated books of the Bible. Gripping stories of Samuel, Saul and David combine to describe the dawn of Israel's monarchy. The central character of these stories, however, is God himself. And the goal of recounting Israel's history is made subordinate to the goal of presenting life-changing theology. Ultimately, God's choice of David as king becomes essential background for understanding Jesus as the messiah king.

This unit will explore how 1 & 2 Samuel are designed to communicate a message for ancient Israel, and in turn, for God's people today. An important goal will be to grow in our ability to interpret Old Testament narrative, since the remarkable artistic dimension of these books calls readers to pay special attention to the literary devices employed. The unit will also consider key interpreters and methods of interpretation. Along the way, we'll look at important issues and themes such as the ark narrative, the theology of kingship, the Davidic Covenant and the interaction of kings and prophets.

AQF level: 8/9
Corequisites: 2 x OT foundational units
Start Date: Monday 13 July 2020
Lecture Week: Monday 10 - Friday 14 August 2020, 8.30am–4.30pm
Location: Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
End Date: Saturday 14 November 2020
Lecturer: Dr Janson Condren
Credit Points and Costs:
AOT042 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $792
OT042-812i = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2400
OT042-912i = 12cp (1 unit) - MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2400
OT205-912i = 12cp (1 unit) capstone - MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2400
More info:

  • Required readings will be advised on enrolment. You should begin these by the start date and have them completed before lecture week.
  • Initial assignment is due on the first day of lecture week.
  • Lecture week at SMBC includes face-to-face lectures and discussions. Morning tea and lunch are provided each day.
  • Essay/assignments are completed at home after the lecture week (delivered via online).
  • Online access to lecturers available from start date until end date.
  • E-library/library resources available from start date until end date.
  • Limited onsite accommodation at SMBC may be available during the lecture week, with preference given to those travelling from regional locations.

If you are interested in this unit, please feel free to contact our registrars for more information here. We also encourage you to contact us to ensure your choice of unit is suitable for your level of study or course that you might be working towards.



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