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BS1/8001S

Bible for Life and Ministry

Explore the Old and New Testaments including their background and the historical and geographical context of the ancient near eastern world. Learn how to study and understanding the Christian Scriptures. Gain a deeper understanding of how to use the Bible in ministry, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral and spiritual care.


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Undergraduate: Level 1
Postgraduate: Level 8

Discipline: BS Biblical Studies

Prerequisites:
N/A


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical and cultural backgrounds to biblical worlds.
  2. Identify and illustrate the different styles of literature present in Christian Scripture.
  3. Investigate and compare various methods of biblical interpretation, and apply them to specific biblical texts.
  4. Identify the connections between biblical texts and biblical theology and discuss their use in contemporary contexts.
  5. Using case study methodology, evaluate the ethical application of Christian Scripture in ministry contexts
  6. Demonstrate effective use of biblical studies resources, including concordances, commentaries, lexicons, theological dictionaries, maps and timelines.

Postgraduate

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical and cultural backgrounds of biblical worlds.
  2. Critically analyse the different styles of literature present in Christian Scripture and assess the contribution of form critical approaches to biblical texts.
  3. Assess various methods of biblical interpretation, and apply them to the interpretation of specific biblical texts.
  4. Examine the connections between biblical texts and biblical theology and illustrate how they are used in contemporary contexts.
  5. Using case study methodology, evaluate the ethical application of Christian Scripture in ministry contexts.
  6.  Demonstrate effective use of biblical studies resources, including concordances, commentaries, lexicons, theological dictionaries, maps and timelines.
  7. Articulate and illustrate a critical understanding of current scholarship in biblical studies and hermeneutical methods.

Assessments:

Undergraduates
Critical Review 1000 words 30%
Oral presentation 1000 words 30%
Essay 1500 words 40%

Postgraduates
Critical Review 1000 words 15%
Oral presentation 1500 words 30%
Essay 2500 words 40%
Essay (thematic) 1000 words 15%


Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Birch, Bruce C. Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Christian Life. Louisville: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1991.

Brueggemann, Walter. Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.

Enns, Peter. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

*Fee, Gordon D., and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. 4th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014.

Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. 4th ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009.

McKenzie, Steven L. and Stephen R. Haynes eds. To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and Their Application. Louisville, KY: Westminster, 1993.

McKenzie Steven L., and John Kaltner eds. New Meanings for Ancient Texts: Recent Approaches to Biblical Criticisms and Their Applications. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.

Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. 4th ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.

Thistleton, Anthony. Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.

Wright, NT. Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today (rev & exp ed.), HarperOne, 2011.