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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO1350 Introduction to the Bible

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Johanna Stiebert

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

THEO1070 The History & Teachings of Jesus.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The Bible continues to shape religious, cultural, social and political worlds. This module introduces you to the biblical texts, and to how they have been read, studied and used.


To provide students with an overview of the biblical writings - their form, genre, subject matter, relationships to each other. To introduce key concepts for the study of the Bible, key approaches to biblical criticism, and key issues around the Bible's use and authority (within Judaism and Christianity, and more widely). To equip students to make critical use of various forms of biblical commentary.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:
- Understand and use key terminology for the study of the Bible
- Give an account of core biblical narratives
- Give an account of the range of genre and subject matter in the biblical writings
- Use commentaries to develop their understanding of biblical passages
- Give an account of some of the controversies (historical or contemporary) around the use, authority and study of the Bible


- Overview: finding your way around the Bible (1 session)
- Survey – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: literature, history, theology (4 sessions)
- Survey – New Testament: literature, history, theology (2 sessions)
- Who reads the Bible, how and why? (4 sessions)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning51.005.00
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours73.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be given structured preparation and follow-up tasks for each lecture, including structured questions on short biblical passages (requiring some independent research); online quizzes to check understanding; reflective logs.
Further private study will relate to the group learning tasks (20 hours) and preparation for essays (33 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring completion of online tasks.
Office hours for module staff.
Option to submit an essay draft of up to 1000 words for formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 14:25:35


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