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Details for Narrative of the First Testament

The purpose of this paper is to provide an historical, literary, theological and thematic introduction to the canon of the First Testament

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: BIB101*
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Narrative of the First Testament is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

The purpose of this paper is to provide an historical, literary, theological and thematic introduction to the canon of the First Testament 


  1. Summarise the overall themes and books of the First Testament, as one of the two primary documents of biblical studies and Christian ministry
  2. Interpret the text of the First Testament in the light of the overall historical framework
  3. Describe the appropriate Ancient Near East background (cultural, religious and archaeological) and its significance for First Testament History
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of major theological themes of the First Testament and their significance for Christian theology
  5. Use appropriate academic tools to begin a more detailed exploration of some aspects of First Testament studies
  6. Apply the First Testament for Christian life and thought. 

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to the Canon
  2. The Penateuch and the Ancient Near East context
  3. Politics and Religion in the Land: From Conquest to Monarchy
  4. Political and Religious Crisis: A Divided Kingdom, a Corrupt Cult and the Prophetic Critique
  5. Exile and Restoration
  6. Recovering Hope: Apocalpytic
  7. Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  8. Exploring indigenous/Maori readings of the First Testament

This course may be offered in the following formats

Face to face and online delivery

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Major Essay (2000 words)

Exegetical Essay (2000 words)

Prescribed Text

Walton & Hill. Old Testament Today. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004

Representative References

             Anderson, B.W.  The Living World of the Old Testament. 4th ed.  Singapore: Longman, 1988.

Childs, B.S.  Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.

Coggins, R.  Introducing the Old Testament. Oxford: OUP, 1990.

Craigie, P.C.  The Old Testament: Its background, Growth, & Content. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.

Dillard, Raymond B. and Longman, Tremper III. An Introduction to the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.

Dyrness, W.  Themes in Old Testament Theology.  Carlisle: Paternoster, 1979.

Fee, G. and Stuart, D.  How to Read the Bible for all its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981.

Fretheim, T.  The Pentateuch. IBT, Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.

Gottwald, N.K.  The Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel 1250-1050 BCE. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985.

LaSor, W.S et alOld Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Longman, T.  Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.

Murphy, R.E.  The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 2nd ed.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.