Field B – Biblical Studies

BA1010P/2010P/8010P

LIFE, HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
M Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)
Semester 2: Tuesday 2pm to 5pm
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Come and increase your knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and gain new insights into the life, history and faith of the people of God in ancient Israel. You will survey the contents of the Old Testament and study the historical contexts, genres and theology of the OT books. As well as understanding the texts in their ancient context, you will explore their relation to issues of contemporary faith. 

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BA1010PBA2010PBA8010P

 

BA2030P/3030P/9030P

PROPHETS AND THEIR WRITINGS
M Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)
Semester 2: Intensive 20, 21, 27, 28 August and 3 September
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Who was a prophet in ancient Israel? What motivated her or him to speech and action? What role did prophecy play in Israelite society?   What role do prophetic scriptures play in the Church? In finding answers to these questions the unit will lead us through some of the main social, literary, and theological dimensions of prophecy in ancient Israel and its evolution in the exilic and post-exilic eras and its relevance for our times.

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BA2030P –  BA3030PBA9030P

 

BA3020P/9020P

PSALMS: EXEGETICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDY
M Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)

Semester 1: Intensive 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 March
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This unit will introduce the Book of Psalms, and study the formation and development of the Psalter. It will give attention to the various forms of the Psalms, their setting and their functions within the historical experience of Israel. The course also seeks to provide critical knowledge of the theology inherent in the Psalms and explore the relevance, use and functions of the Psalms in today’s context.

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BA3020PBA9020P

 

BA3070P/9070P

ALLUSIVE, UNCONVENTIONAL SUBVERSIVE: BIBLICAL WOMEN AND HEBREW TEXTS
M Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)
Semester 1: Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm

Books with women protagonists written within a rigid patriarchal culture are subversive, unconventional, and exciting. Are these women heroes or idealized stooges of patriarchy? What do they reveal about the times in which they were written? What issues are they addressing? In answering these questions we will also reflect on issues of identity, gender, sexuality, beauty, power, solidarity, partnership and theology derived from women’s experience and what these books might be saying to us today.

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BA3070PBA9070P

BN1010P/8010P

EARLIEST CHRISTIANITY
R Whitaker

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 1: Wednesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
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Immerse yourself in an introduction to New Testament history, texts and theology.  Beginning with the letters of Paul as the earliest extant Christian literature, and surveying the development of gospel literature as well as other forms of early Christian writing, you will be introduced to the rise of the early Christian movement and explore the range of developing theological beliefs that characterised the first two generations of early Christianity.

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BN1010PBN8010P

 

BN2050P/9050P

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
K Crabbe

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 2: Wednesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm

From the outset, Luke’s Gospel is framed as a response to many other accounts (Lk 1.1-4), but what’s important for the writer of the third gospel when it comes to putting together a new narrative about Jesus? Taking an in-depth look at Luke in its historical context and in light of literary and cultural traditions of its time, we will explore themes such as inclusion and exclusion, hospitality, wealth, identity, ethnicity, disability, and gender (attending to both ancient and modern norms), noting how these intersect with Luke’s theology and purpose. As we engage with all this and more in Luke’s narrative, attention will be given to how Luke’s theology relates to his use of prophecy, account of justice, salvation, and end-time hope, and how this theology speaks to the contemporary church and world.

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BN2120P/3120P/9120P

WORKING OUT SALVATION: THEOLOGY AND ETHICS IN PAUL
S Winter

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 2: Thursday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
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What is the relationship between what we believe and the way that we live? This unit explores the way that Paul answers this question in his letters. You will explore the important ideas that Paul develops in his theology, and look at the ways in which these ideas relate to his advice and instruction to his readers. In particular you will consider debates about identity, race, gender, and political engagement, looking at the ways that Paul’s thought can continue to help us think through these issues today.

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BN2120PBN3120PBN9120P