Content

This unit is designed to develop in the students an ability to engage in an informed critical reading of New Testament texts as sacred scripture. It aims to enable students to broaden and deepen their engagement with the New Testament in a spirit of open and critical inquiry by drawing on a wide range of exegetical tools of interpretation. Students will also learn to evaluate and relate the literature of the New Testament, its literary forms and historical setting, as well as its representation of God, to the literature, literary forms and representation of God in the Spiritual Exercises.

Unit Code: BS8301J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Interpret the literature of the New Testament, its literary forms and historical setting, as well its representation(s) of Jesus Christ, Son of God

2.

Apply a variety of contemporary interpretative methods to Biblical texts

3.

Use a variety of interpretive techniques (such as the historical critical and literary readings) to evaluate ways biblical texts can be exegeted when reflecting on and interpreting the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola

4.

Analyse and evaluate (through scholarly engagement with some key texts in the New Testament), the uses of Scripture when giving or receiving The Spiritual Exercises

5.

Critically analyse the ways in which Ignatius adopted and applied sacred scripture in The Spiritual Exercises

Pedagogy

A significant proportion of each lecture will be devoted to: (i) the lecturer’s input, (ii) guided reading, (iii) personal reflection, and (iv) facilitated interaction in small groups.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

A critical review of a scholarly article/book chapter on Biblical Exegesis (1,500 words)

20.0

A reflection on the use of New Testament texts in The Spiritual Exercises (1,500 words)

20.0

Essay (4,000 words)

60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 09:51:38 +1100