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Old Testament Foundations
SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Evening Unit
As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook.
The purpose of this foundational unit is to guide you through the lesser-known terrain of the Old Testament. We’ll explore the books of Genesis through to Kings, taking a look at the cultural world in which these texts arose as well as seeking to gain an understanding of their major themes, literary styles, and contribution to Christian theology and practice. Our hope is that the importance of these foundational texts, and their relevance to the contemporary church, will become abundantly clear.
Lecturers: Dr Kit Barker, Dr Janson Condren, Dr Geoff Harper
AQF level: 5/7
Lecture Mode: off-campus*
Times: Tuesdays 7.00pm–9.00pm
Dates: 9, 16, 23 February; 9, 16, 30 March, 20, 27 April; 4, 18, 25 May; 1 June 2021 (Exam period = 10-21 June)
Credit Points and Costs:
AOT001 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $351
OT001-512 = 12cp (1 unit) - UCMin, UCTh, DipTh, AssocDeg, BMin, BTh - $2520
OT001-712 = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2520
Note: an on-campus* version of this unit will be delivered on Thursday evenings at the Croydon Campus and Monday evenings at the Northern Beaches Centre
*2021 LECTURE MODES:
On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only, with a limit on numbers (for Covid safety).
Off-campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus (limited face-to-face numbers) and off-campus (live online) concurrently.