The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO1030. Students who have successfully completed THEO1030 are not eligible to enrol in RELT1030.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


The 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.


This course replaces THEO1030. If you have successfully completed THEO1030 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Essay: Essays

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion