This unit provides an introduction to the Bible for students beginning critical biblical studies. It surveys the content of the Old and New Testament, introduces important features of the biblical world relevant to interpretation, and considers the different kinds of literature contained within the Bible. Attention will be paid to the ways in which the Bible comes to us, through attention to traditions, texts, versions and translations. In treating the biblical texts as Christian Scripture, the unit explores the history of the development of the biblical canon(s) and understandings of biblical inspiration and authority. Students are introduced to initial skills, resources, and tools for biblical interpretation.

Unit Code: BS8000P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the contents of the Bible, the diversity of biblical texts and genres, the development of biblical traditions and texts, and the history of the process of canonization


Demonstrate an awareness of the range of different approaches to notions of biblical inspiration, authority and interpretation


Make use of primary and secondary sources relevant to critical biblical study to investigate two particular biblical texts.


Offer a critical assessment of selected examples of contemporary biblical scholarship


Lectures, Group Work, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Examination

1 x reflection paper (1500 words) or 1 x 15 minute oral examination before two examiners

0 25.0

Essay on the development of either the OT or NT canon (3000 words)

0 50.0

Short paper on specified biblical texts (750 words)

0 12.0

Short paper on specified biblical texts (750 words)

0 13.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-22 14:54:20 +1100