Curriculum Objectives

This unit introduces students to the most prominent Biblical Narratives, their nature, and the tools used to study them. Next, students will interpret them in light of their original historical and literary context. Finally, students will critically review the use and re-use of these narratives in ancient and modern interpretation, and apply them in a contemporary context.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  • analyse critically key Biblical texts as narratives
  • contextualise Biblical narratives according to historical and literary factors
  • review and evaluate critically ancient and modern interpretations of Biblical narratives
  • reflect on and articulate the contemporary and personal relevance of Biblical narratives, and
  • apply Biblical narratives for a contemporary audience.

Assumed Knowledge 

T8106 & B8101

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.


Dr Jonathan Thambyrajah

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.