The core purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the Old and New Testament writings. In this process students will be introduced to basic tools and approaches used in biblical studies, focusing on reading the biblical text as literature while giving attention to its historical context in the quest to discern its theological intent. Attention will be given to selected key Old Testament themes especially within Genesis. Study of the New Testament will concentrate on the gospels, Paul’s letters and Revelation and selected key themes within them. The development of the Old Testament and New Testament canons and the relationship between them as Christian Scripture will be explored. Along the way the unit will challenge the learners to a broader and deeper understanding and appreciation of the Bible and its place within Christian faith and life and as well as the implications of their learning for use of the Bible in Christian education.

Unit Code: BS1103L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Examine the biblical text as literature giving attention to its historical context and theological intent


Discuss key content and major themes running through the Old and New Testament writings


Appraise their own current understanding of the nature of the Bible in the light of new insights


Identify a range of applications for a Christian educator

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations The Bible Today A & B Bible Introduction 1 & 2


Online—engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Collaborative and reflective online forum participation. 1400 words

0 30.0

Integrative response essay 1000 words

0 30.0

Essay 1600 words

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:47 +1100