Bible in Ancient and Modern Worlds

Unit code : RELT10711
Credit rating : 20
Teaching period(s) : Semester 1

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  • To begin to equip students with skills and knowledge that enable scholarly engagement with biblical texts
  • To begin to equip students with skills and knowledge that enable academic evaluation of current uses of biblical texts

Objectives (Learning outcomes)

By the end of this course students will be able to:

• Knowledge and understanding of types of text in the Bible

• Knowledge of key aspects of the ancient Near-Eastern and Roman imperial contexts of production of sections of the Bible

• Understanding of how genre and context affect interpretation

• Knowledge of some prominent ways in which the Bible is used in relation to current issues

• Decide and implement strategies for offering academic evaluation of instances of current use of the Bible in a range of possible media, e.g., newspaper reports

• Skills in textual analysis

• Ability to analyse ways in which current issues relate to authoritative texts

• Ability to empathise with a range of approaches to hotly debated current topics

• Ability to organise and carry out an analytical project

Assessment methods
Peter Oakes:Unit coordinator
Written exam:60%
Written assignment (inc essay):40%


Additional e-learning content:BB links to examples of modern uses of Bible, some accessed via Box of Broadcasts, also to be used during some lectures


Course unit overview

This unit teaches understanding of the Bible as a collection of texts written in ancient contexts but with continuing impact in contexts today. You will learn skills in interpreting biblical texts in relation to other ancient texts, as well as skills in evaluating present-day uses of the Bible. The course covers key examples of texts from both the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. You will not need knowledge of Hebrew or Greek to study the course.

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Lectures - 22 hours
Seminars - 11 hours

Teaching and learning methods
  • 2 x 1 hour per week interactive lecture, including use of various media on current issues
  • 1 x 1 hour per week seminar analysing texts and their uses
  • Self-study of further material via Blackboard
  • University Museum visit to Ancient Worlds galleries