On Campus
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly

Distance Online
1 x 2-hour online lecture weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO1101, THEO1201, THEO8101, THEO8102, THEO8204 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic provides an introduction and overview to the writings of the Old and New Testaments, focusing on interpreting them in light of their historical settings, genres, and leading theological themes. Different approaches to the interpretation of the scripture will be considered. Students will develop skills in the exegesis of biblical texts, and explore some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts.

No previous knowledge or study of the Bible or other religious writings is required.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to introduce students to key texts in both the Old and New Testament while exploring how they are interconnected and can be read in a range of historical and cultural contexts. It will help students develop the appropriate critical reading skills for relevant to biblical texts.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the historical, social and cultural contexts of the Old and New Testament writings and their communities

  2. Discuss the content, historical and geographical setting, literary forms and the leading theological themes of the Old and New Testament

  3. Analyse the Old and New Testament as literature, and evaluate the appropriateness of using various interpretive methodologies

  4. Interpret the relevance of the Bible for contemporary readers.