As an introduction to the world and literature of the Bible, this unit offers an overview of the historical, cultural, social, and literary contexts of the literature of the Old and New Testaments. The student will be introduced to topics such as the history of Israel, religion, cult and Temple, the Torah, prophecy and wisdom, Gospel and Church, and the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds of the New Testament. The unit will also examine thematic and theological links between the Old and New Testaments. Topics will be illustrated by specific texts taken from both Testaments.

Unit Code: BS8001C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the literary structure of the Bible, its narrative story line, key persons and events, and the theological links between the Old and New Testaments.


Describe and examine central concepts, institutions, and types of literature associated with ancient Israel


Differentiate and explain essential religious and literary aspects of the Jewish (Second Temple) and Greco-Roman worlds from which the New Testament literature emerged


Use biblical commentaries and dictionaries to analyse theological concepts, persons, and historical events related to both Testaments


Undertake research concerning the texts and traditions of the biblical world in a critically rigorous, sustained, and self-directed manner.


Lectures, seminars, interactive class work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000 word paper

0 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial

1,500 word seminar paper

0 30.0

3,500 word essay

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-22 12:40:10 +1100