Old Testament Theology

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 317 - 8317


The unit gives an overview of some of the major theological themes of the Old Testament (OT).  It discusses topics such as God’s revelation, creation, human failure, divine judgment and the unfolding redemptive purposes of God for humankind.  Attention is given to God’s election of, and covenant with, Israel, suffering and death, and to the OT hope for the future.  Throughout the unit students are encouraged to think through the implications of their studies for God’s people today and to consider whether the OT has a central theme.


To present the students with a critical overview of the major theological themes of the OT.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Describe and analyse some of the main theological ideas of the OT

Intellectual skills

·      Critically discuss the theological significance of the passages studied

·      Assess the importance of the OT for understanding the New Testament

·      Reflect sensitively on the application of the OT in the life of the Church

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Provide an interpretation of key passages

·      Work in a group

·      Present a point of view in class

·      Explain the major theological themes of the OT in the context of the church and the world


Assessment task


Weighting within unit



10 minutes




2000 words







·         317:




·         8317:

An oral presentation of the theological issues in a challenging text, to be  discussed in class

An essay



3000 words

2000 words




pass / fail*

·         317:

·         8317:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*

* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.




Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1.    OT Theology and its historical development

2.    God as creator

3.    Humanity as originally created by God

4.    Sin and atonement

5.    Appearances of God

6.    Election and covenant

7.    Human suffering and responses to it

8.    Life, death and the afterlife

9.    OT Ethics

10.  The kingship of God and his ‘Anointed One’ (Messiah)

11.  OT eschatology – Israel and the nations

Teaching method

Interactive lectures and group work

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading


Routledge, Robin, Old Testament Theology: A Thematic Approach (Nottingham: Apollos, 2008)



Brueggemann, Walter, Old Testament Theology: an Introduction (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008)

Childs, Brevard S., Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context (London: SCM, 1985)

Dempster, S.G., Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Leicester: IVP, 2003)

Dumbrell, William J., Covenant and Creation. A Theology of the Old Testament Covenants (Grand Rapids: Baker / Carlisle: Paternoster, 1984, 2nd edn Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2013)

Dyrness, William, Themes in Old Testament Theology (Exeter: Paternoster, 1979)

Goldingay, John, Old Testament Theology. Three Volumes (Downers Grove: IVP, 2003, 2006, 2009)

Lalleman, Hetty, Celebrating the Law? The relevance of Old Testament Ethics (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004, 2nd edn 2016)

Martens, Elmer A., God’s Design (Leicester: IVP, 1993)

Peels, H.G.L., Shadow Sides: The Revelation of God in the Old Testament (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003)

Rendtorff, Rolff, The Canonical Hebrew Bible: A Theology of the Old Testament (Leiden: Deo, 2005)

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Old Testament Theology

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 317 - 8317





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