THBS100 - Introduction to the Bible

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation The unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, and online learning. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation and submission of tasks for assessment.

The Bible is the world’s most published book, and one with an incalculable, and ongoing, impact on human society. It is also a central carrier of revelation for Christianity. It is a book made up of many books from different times, contexts and authors. These books are united by a unique narrative in which God reveals himself to the Israelite people and enters into covenantal relationship with them. This relationship comes to its climax when God becomes human in Jesus, who teaches and heals, dies and rises, to enable God’s life of love to be fully shared with humanity and creation. Study of the Bible is therefore imperative to understanding Christian perspectives.

THBS100 is an introduction to the Bible, setting it within the context of its continuing significance for Christians particularly the Catholic community . It explores the historical background, literary character and theology of the texts, in order to provide a sound basis for their contemporary interpretation and application. The unit will involve study of selected biblical texts, such as Genesis, Exodus and the Gospel of Mark.

The aim of this unit is for students to acquire knowledge of the scriptures and begin to interpret them using scholarly methods and perspectives.