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Exploring the Bible

Code: BS1003L
Points: 18
Online | Online intensive

The core purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the Old and New Testament writings. In this process students will be introduced to basic tools and approaches used in biblical studies, focusing on reading the biblical text as literature while giving attention to its historical context in the quest to discern its theological intent. Attention will be given to selected key Old Testament themes especially within Genesis. Study of the New Testament will concentrate on the gospels, Paul's letters and Revelation and selected key themes within them. The development of the Old Testament and New Testament canons and the relationship between them as Christian Scripture will be explored. Along the way the unit will challenge the learners to a broader and deeper understanding and appreciation of the Bible and its place within Christian faith and life and as well as the implications of their learning for use of the Bible in Christian education.

Discipline: Biblical Studies

Study level: Undergraduate Level 1


  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • Bible Introduction 1 and 2, or equivalents
  • The Bible Today A and B, or equivalents


  • Current scheduling information is available at Exploring the Bible (BS1003L).
  • Associated online extended tutorials may be offered as enhanced learning experiences for students enrolled in this unit.

Further information

  • Refer to the current Student handbook supplement: unit guide for required texts and scheduled lectures or tutorials.
  • Distance students are encouraged to participate in live-streamed lectures and tutorials.

Dr Stephen Haar