Leaf through the parables and letters of the Bible and analyse them as sacred scripture. Examine biblical passages using narrative, hermeneutical and exegetical tools. Raise questions about the text—and of your own interpretations of it.
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At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- 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
- explain different ways in which scripture is understood as divine revelation
- 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
- describe different approaches to biblical interpretation using a variety of methods such as narrative, hermeneutical, exegetical, historical-critical and socio-literary
- think critically and ask penetrating questions, both of the biblical text and of their own interpretations
- articulate a personal response to the text and test its contemporary relevance, personally, socially and religiously.
- 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
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements -
Students may be required to buy headsets i.e. Logitech USB H390 or later model.
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.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (40%)
- Assignment 3 (40%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 31 Oct 21
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