1. A SOURCE TEXT
This module begins – like the Bible itself – with the Book of Genesis.
- Unit Two paints the historical and geographical backdrop against which the great dramas of the Bible are played out.
- Unit Four focuses on the changes which took place in Jewish thought at the time of the Exile to Babylon, and the way in which biblical writers reflected that change in the books of the Deuteronomistic History.
- Unit Five looks at the role and significance of biblical prophecy, seeing in this type of writing some great theological breakthroughs.
- The final part of the module begins with an overview of the history of the Bible as a literary artefact, and invites the student to stand back and analyse the methodologies which have been adopted by the writers and the interpreters of the biblical text. These are the critical tools which have been developed by scripture scholars over centuries.
2. LEARNING OUTCOMES
This module gives an overview – a kind of A to Z of Scripture – allowing the student :
-*a) to see how the Bible is not just a single book but an entire library of books ;
-*b) to understand how these books have been put together, and how they have arrived on our bookshelves in their present form ;
-*c) to understand the critical tools necessary to approach any biblical text which at first sight may seem obscure and difficult to understand ;
-*d) to gain enough historical and social background to place these biblical texts within the contexts in which they were written ;
-*e) to recognise how, where and why the most fundamental questions of human life and destiny are being approached ;