This subject focuses on the amazing text both Jews and Christians know as inspired Scripture.
Although collected in one book, the Old Testament is actually a collection of many types of literature: history and law, prophecy and wisdom, narrative and poetry. These scriptures attest to real communities living out their faith over a long period, so there are different theological perspectives offered that we examine. Despite that diversity, there is an overarching unity to the Old Testament focused on God’s revelation through creation, ‘saving acts’ and words.
Opening the Old Testament is like taking a trip to a foreign land, where the languages, customs, cultures, food, geography, and just about everything else we can imagine is different from what we know. This subject provides skills for understanding that world, known to us primarily through the Old Testament texts themselves and archaeological evidence. By going behind the texts, carefully examining the texts themselves, and bringing our own questions and experience to the texts, we will explore the fascinating relationship between these ancient texts and contemporary faith.
Starting 6 March, our Introduction to Old Testament subject will be taught weekly by Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews at our Canberra campus, every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. As an Auditing student, you get to sit in and participate in lectures without needing to complete assignments. (You will therefore also receive no credit towards other awards.) You will also get access to St Mark’s theological library resources; a one-year membership worth $70 is included in the audit fee! Best of all, there are no entry requirements to participate.
Single Subject Study gives you the flexibility and the credit, without the commitment of a full degree. Each successful subject completion is creditable towards a Bachelor of Theology. As a Single Subject with CSU, you get to access all subject materials and resources through our online learning environment.
Interested? Just enrol as a Single Subject student through CSU. (Look for THL105/408 Introduction to Old Testament.)
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The cost of auditing this subject is $240.