Following the words of Jesus, recorded in John 5:39, that Scriptures speak about Him, this Unit will explore the place of Scriptures in the Orthodox Tradition. Since the Orthodox Tradition has always been patristic, this Unit will focus on the principles of the Patristic hermeneutics, exploring Homiletic, Ascetic, Liturgical, and Iconographic Exegesis of the Holy Scriptures. Students will consider on the following questions as a framework for learning: What is the position of the Scripture in the Orthodox Tradition? Is there an Orthodox exegesis of the Scripture? What is the place of the Scriptures in the Spiritual life of a believer?

Unit code: BS3000A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the dynamic of the Orthodox Tradition


Articulate a critical awareness of the process of Canonical formation of the Scriptures in the Orthodox Tradition


Identify and evaluate the elements and principles of the Patristic Exegesis of the Scriptures


Demonstrate the skills of interpretation with regard to the Scriptures or Icon Paintings using the interpretative frame of the Orthodox Tradition


Apply the principles of the Patristic Exegesis of the Scripture in (a) Liturgical, Pastoral and Educational setting(s)



online recorded lectures, face-to-face and online tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

Barton, John. Holy Writings Sacred Text: The Canon in Early Christianity. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.

Blowers, P. and Martens, P. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Boersma, Hans. Scripture and Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Christianity. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academics, 2017.

Kannengiesser, Charles (ed.). Handbook of Patristic Exegesis: The Bible in Ancient Christianity, Volumes 1-2. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.

Lossky, Vladimir. In the Image and Likeness of God. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1974.

Ouspensky, Leonid. Theology of Icon, Volumes 1-2. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Press, 1992.

Pentiuc, Eugen J. The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Spier, Jeffrey. Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2009.

Young, Frances M. Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Douglas, Burton-Christie. The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Louth, Andrew. Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 1500 30.0
Essay 3500 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-23 14:07:46 +1000