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Biblical Studies Course Units

General Biblical Studies

BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies

An introduction to the philosophical and theological presuppositions in biblical studies, designed to encourage the student to develop sound exegetical techniques through a judicious examination of various critical methods.

BS4120 Introduction to Biblical Backgrounds

An outline of the historical and cultural background to the events of the Old and New Testaments.

BS4130 The Story of God

This course unit is designed to introduce the grand narrative of scripture with its focus on the mission of God from creation to the new heaven and earth.

BS6300 Hermeneutics

An exploration of the theory and practice of biblical interpretation. A ‘capstone course’, normally taken in the final academic year, which assumes that the students will have completed a range of advanced OT and NT units.

BS6320 Studies in the Biblical World

Integrates previous learning about the Bible and its setting within the geographical as well as contemporary social and political contexts. The class, based in Israel, combines aspects of pilgrimage with guided learning and personal interaction with the peoples of the land.

BS6330 Apocalyptic Literature

A study of selected Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature with particular attention to the Book of Revelation. Prerequisite: NT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

Old Testament

OT5201 Law

A literary and theological exploration of the Pentateuchal narratives and Mosaic legislation. Prerequisite: BS4110 & BS4120 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5202 Prophets

An inductive study of selected OT prophets as a means to understanding the role and message of the OT prophet in his own day, before moving on to consider any possible relevance to the long-term future. Prerequisite: BS4110 and BS4120 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom

An exploration of the ways in which the Hebrew Wisdom tradition attempts to address the problems of everyday life and of divine justice. It also looks at Hebrew poetry, especially in the book of Psalms. Prerequisite: BS4110 and BS4120 or permission of the lecturer.

OT5301 Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and word-formation. Prerequisite: BS4100.

OT6300 Selected OT Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes from the Hebrew Bible.

OT6302 Hebrew Texts

Translation and exegesis of key Biblical texts of Hebrew poetry and narrative. Prerequisite: OT6301.

OT6303 Studies in Torah

A study of Deuteronomy moving from questions of date and authorship through selected passages, culminating in an attempt to define its distinctive theology. Prerequisite: OT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

OT6304 Studies in Isaiah

An examination of the theology of the canonical form of Isaiah. Prerequisite: OT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

OT 6305 Studies in Hebrew Poetry

The course unit is designed to examine the Psalms as poetry, as songs of worship, and as a source for theological reflection. Prerequisites: OT5203 or permission of the lecturer.

New Testament

NT5201 Jesus & the Gospels

A study of the content, structure and theology of the four gospels and an introduction to the major currents of contemporary study of Jesus. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT5202 Paul & His Epistles

A consideration of the life of Paul in the light of modern historical study of the relevant ancient material and a survey of the contents of some of the Pauline epistles. Prerequisite: BS5110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT5301 New Testament Greek

A study of NT Greek with the aim of enabling the student to read and study NT texts.

NT6300 Selected NT Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes from the New Testament texts.

NT6302 Greek Texts

Translation and exegesis of selected NT Greek texts. Prerequisite: NT6301.

NT6303 Studies in Hebrews

A close exegetical study of the text as a basis for an informed appraisal of the distinctive theology of the writer to the Hebrews. Prerequisite: NT5201 or NT5202.

NT6304 Studies in Romans

A survey of the major tenets of Paul’s thought, with particular exegetical attention to Romans. Prerequisite: NT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6305 Studies in the Corinthian Correspondence

The unit examines the major tenets of Paul’s thought as contained in the Corinthian correspondence. Prerequisite: NT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6306 Studies in the Gospel & Epistles of John

A study of the Fourth Gospel and related epistles in the light of historical and theological developments in the early church. Prerequisite: NT5201 or NT5202 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6307 Studies in Matthew/Mark

A study of the gospels as theological documents in the light of modern literary criticism. Prerequisite: NT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6308 Studies in Luke/Acts

An examination of the dominant historical and theological themes of Luke and Acts in the light of recent studies. Prerequisite: NT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6309 Studies in the General Epistles

The unit aims to examine aspects of the General Epistles (1 & 2 Peter, Jude, James and I, II, III John), and focuses especially on the theological contribution of these diverse epistles to the New Testament. Prerequisite: BS4110 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6310 Jesus in Contemporary Study

An exploration of modern scholarly research into the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. Prerequisite: NT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

NT6320 Jesus and Second Temple Judaism

An examination of the Jewishness of Jesus as a basis for better understanding between Christians and Jews in the late twentieth century. Prerequisite: NT5201 or permission of the lecturer.

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