This unit is the second of a sequence of two that introduces students to some of the tools and perspectives employed in the study and interpretation of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. While developing interpretive and hermeneutical skills, students will be introduced to the narrative sweep of Scripture, detailing certain key figures and events within the biblical canon, setting biblical books in context and engaging sympathetically with different forms of biblical literature. Students will employ these perspectives to examine the relevance of the Bible today. Together, the two units will introduce students to: 1. The nature of Biblical Text 2. An overview of content and the general organization of Biblical texts. 3. Tools for biblical interpretation such as dictionaries, commentaries and surveys 4. Interpretive and hermeneutical skills and techniques This second unit focuses on reading and interpreting the New Testament, emphasizing its narrative ark, particular genres encourages students to apply their developing interpretive skills to personal and contemporary issues.
Outline a brief survey of both the New Testament including some key events and characters
Identify and describe different types of biblical literature found in the New Testament
Use tools for Biblical interpretation for selected New Testament texts including dictionaries, commentaries and surveys
Analyse selected Biblical texts in order to determine their probable authorial intent
Assess the relevance and applicability of selected Biblical texts in relation to personal and contemporary concerns
This unit is second in a sequence of two units (BS0141W and BS0142W) that together introduce students to the study and interpretation of the Bible. It is expected that students work through these units in sequence.
Lectures, seminars, tutorials.
The delivery strategy will also utilise field trips and excursions to provide students with the opportunity to explore biblical texts in various contexts and settings.
Written assessment 750 words
Thematic investigation 750 words
Essay 1500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-09 14:32:12 +1100