This unit introduces teachers to the Scriptures by focussing on particular sections of the First (Old) and Second (New) Testaments and how these are interpreted within the Catholic tradition. It provides an overview of: The relationship between Scripture and Revelation, principles and methods of biblical interpretation, the significance of the Exodus and the Sinai covenant within Judaism and Christianity, the social, political and religious context of first century CE Judaism, and the formation of the Gospels. Passages will be chosen from Genesis 1-11, Exodus 1-14, Mark’s Gospel and Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2.

Unit Code: DR8601Y

Points: 16.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Recognise and describe the role of Scripture as witness to God’s revelation for members of the Jewish and Christian faiths;


Understand and explain why Scripture was written, and is read, in particular social, political and religious contexts;


Demonstrate an understanding that different ‘portraits’ of Jesus are presented in the Gospels;


Identify methods of interpretation and engage in basic literary analysis of texts;


Apply learnings to support a position on the appropriate uses of Scripture in religious education.


Lectures, group discussions, exegetical exercises


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegetical Exercise (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-26 10:02:30 +1000