Biblical Studies - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,890.00
International 2,140.00

This unit is designed to introduce students to an informed critical reading of the biblical text as sacred scripture. Its aim is to enable students to broaden and deepen their engagement with the Bible as sacred scripture in a spirit of open and critical inquiry by drawing on a wide range of exegetical tools of interpretation.

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

  1. articulate a general knowledge of the contents of the Bible and a more comprehensive understanding of a selection of biblical books from both the Old and New Testaments
  2. explain different ways in which scripture is understood as divine revelation
  3. locate and analyse information relating to the historical, geographical and social contexts of the world that gave rise to the biblical texts, using a variety of sources, including online databases
  4. describe different approaches to biblical interpretation using a variety of methods such as narrative, hermeneutical, exegetical, historical-critical and socio-literary
  5. think critically and ask penetrating questions, both of the biblical text and of their own interpretations
  6. articulate a personal response to the text and test its contemporary relevance, personally, socially and religiously.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment — Students may be required to buy headsets
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Reading the Bible: "Word of God"?
2Genesis 1-11; The Pentateuch; The Torah
3The Exodus in Israel's religious history
4Wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible
5Prophets and prophecy in Ancient Israel
6The historical books of the Bible
7Background to the New Testament; formation of the Gospels
8Synoptic Gospels; Johannine writings; infancy narratives
9Parables and miracles of Jesus
10Passion and resurrection of Jesus
11Life and letters of Paul

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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