SC 139 Introduction to Scripture

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Module Level

Level 8 (Undergraduate)

Time Allowance

Lectures 12 hours


Continuous Assessment 50% Final Exam 50%

Module Aims

  • To introduce the student to the Bible and its Worlds
  • To discover and explore the Bible as literature
  • To read the text with questions that open new theological horizons

Indicative Syllabus

The Bible as a Library – Discovering Genre

Exploring Genre – Encountering Parables

Community and Canon

Bible - History & Culture

Gospels and the Historico-Critical Method (HCM)

God and Prayer in the Old Testament

Jesus, Prayer and God

Social World of the New Testament


  • Barton, John. The Bible The Basics. Second ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • Collins, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Second ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Fifth ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Powell, Mark Allan. Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey. Second ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018.