Subject details

  • Topics
    • Reading the Bible: "Word of God"?
    • Genesis 1-11; The Pentateuch; The Torah
    • The Exodus in Israel's religious history
    • Wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible
    • Prophets and prophecy in Ancient Israel
    • The historical books of the Bible
    • Background to the New Testament; formation of the Gospels
    • Synoptic Gospels; Johannine writings; infancy narratives
    • Parables and miracles of Jesus
    • Passion and resurrection of Jesus
    • Life and letters of Paul
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia

At the completion of this subject 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 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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