Introduction to Biblical Literature: Scrolls and Scriptures

Course code RELT1030Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces the themes, history and formation of ancient religious scriptures with particular attention to the Hebrew and Christian bibles. Attention is directed towards the ways in which these scriptures have been read and interpreted, particularly in the modern period. Exegetical skills will be taught combined with critical methodological tools including textual criticism, literary criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism and historical criticism along with narrative, social scientific and other hermeneutic theories. These will be employed to help students better understand how the meaning of the bible is formed and how these meanings have been received over time. Students will also examine the canonization and preservation of these texts, and their treatment as sacred literature in their respective religious communities.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of religious scriptures, with particular attention to the Hebrew and Christian bibles;
2. Articulate the historical and contemporary influences upon how these scriptures have been interpreted and received by different communities;
3. Apply appropriate methodological tools in order to interpret key religious texts such as the Hebrew and Christian bibles;
4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course introduces the nature of religious texts with particular reference to the Hebrew and Christian bibles. It helps students to understand sacred literature in a more sophisticated manner.
Replacing Course(s)THEO1030
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO1030 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT1030. Other first-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1500 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion3 x 250 word discussion board (25%)
Quiz - On-line5-7 minute presentation (750 word equivalent) (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term