Content

This unit offers an introduction to the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It introduces students to the principles of scriptural interpretation within the Catholic tradition and provides a foundation for understanding Scripture in the context of Religious Education and the life of the Church. Through the study of selected biblical passages, students engage with various methods of interpretation and learn about how the Bible is understood in the Catholic tradition.

Unit code: BS8602C (Approved)

Points: 16.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of ways to interpret the Bible within the Catholic tradition;

2.

Describe and examine central concepts and types of literature in the Bible

3.

Interpret passages from the Old and New Testament within their social and religious contexts

4.

Show how these skills of interpretation may be used and adapted in a classroom setting;

5.

Develop a specific topic of research related to the unit content in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

This is the first unit in CTC’s program of units for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education. (It replaces BS8600C “Sacred Scripture: A Foundation for Teaching Religious Education”.)

Pedagogy

Interactive lectures, discussions, reading and analysing biblical texts. Face-to-face intensive: spread over the semester, as either four full-day sessions or eight 3-hour sessions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocrypha: An Ecumenical Study Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan et al. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018
  • Barton, John, and John Muddiman, eds. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Binz, Stephen J. Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Collins, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014
  • Brueggemann, Walter, and Tod Linafelt. An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012. (recommended for purchase)
  • Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Biblical Commission’s Document “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church”: Text and Commentary. Subsidia Biblica 18. Rome: Biblical Institute Press, 1995.
  • Frick, Frank S. A Journey Through the Hebrew Scriptures. 2nd ed. Belmont: Thomson/ Wadsworth, 2003.
  • Moloney, Francis J. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Friendly Guides. Mulgrave: John Garratt Publishing, 2010.(recommended for purchase)
  • Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012.
  • Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. 1993.
  • Senior, Donald, Paul J. Achtemeier, and Robert J. Karris. Invitation to the Gospels. Rev. ed. Mahwah: Paulist, 2002. (recommended for purchase)
  • Sumney, Jerry L. The Bible: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

2000 word essay on New Testament topic, including consideration of principles of Catholic interpretation of Scripture, and related to classroom situation.

2000 50.0
Essay

2000 word essay on Old Testament topic, including consideration of principles of Catholic interpretation of Scripture, and related to classroom situation.

2000 50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 25 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-02-04 09:23:53 +1100