Use and Interpretation of the Bible

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

College of Arts and Law


Code 24053

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module will make you think creatively about how a biblical text can be read and interpreted. It prompts you to consider why the historical-critical method is thought, by some, to be in crisis and inadequate. It encourages you to explore how newer reader-oriented ways of reading scriptural texts have developed. Contemporary readings that include narrative approaches, queer readings, feminist confrontations and gender criticism will be explored through application to specific texts and you will have the opportunity to write your own critical commentary on a given text.

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.