The core purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the Old and New Testament writings through a process of learning to read the Bible as literature and theology. Through a disciplined and scholarly process students will work with key 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. Students will research selected key Old Testament themes especially within the Pentateuch. 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.

Unit Code: BS8103L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Examine and draw conclusions about the biblical text as literature while assessing the significance of its historical context for interpretation, in a quest to discern its theological intent


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


Explain the process of canonisation within the formation of Scripture


Research and write while employing both primary and secondary resources


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


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflective journal contributions 1500 words

0 30.0

Integrative response 1500 words

0 30.0

Essay 3000 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 14:58:52 +1100