Introduction to Biblical Studies

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 24035

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module aims to give students an introduction to the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from the perspective of academic Biblical Studies. Topics covered may include (but are not restricted to) issues such as the historical background to these texts; questions of authorship, dating, and original audience; literary relationships between biblical books; the historicity of the biblical narratives; different theological interpretations of the events the Bible describes; and to the relationship between academic and confessional approaches.

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered principally through interactive lectures, which will provide a broad range of information and ideas and also afford students the opportunity of exploring aspects of this material in more detail through group discussion and interaction. WebCT will be used to support these teaching and learning activities where appropriate. This course will, as far as possible, adhere to the chief principles of the University’s current Learning and Teaching strategy.